Buddy Stories


Saturday, November 4. 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

We hope you and your little ones join us for 30-45 minutes of story time and buddy building. We are excited to share several friendship, acceptance and bully prevention themed stories with all our buddies! Cooperative effort by the Hershey Public Library and the Citizens of Derry Township Anti-Bullying Team. Family Friendly (everyone welcome), Preschool (3-5 years)
Presenters: Rita Smith & Kristen Arndt.

Register online beginning October 16. You may call to register at  (717) 533-6555 x. 3708.

LEGO® Club


LEGO® Club will meet the first Wednesday of the month.

September 6, October 4, and November 1 from 4:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Do you have children who love playing with LEGO®? Budding architects and LEGO® fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join LEGO® Club where building encourages imagination and creativity, and where children bring construction to life. Please register for EACH session your child will attend.

Register online for club meetings, or you may also call 533-6555 ext. 3708.

National Costume Swap


Celebrate Green Halloween at the library! Starting on Tuesday, September 5, drop off costumes in clean, wearable condition during storytime or toddlertime. You will receive a ticket for each costume you drop off. Saturday, September 30, between 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., come back  to swap your ticket for a new-to-you costume.

If you have questions, call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Friends Children’s Series

Friends Children’s Series are drop – in programs brought to you by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library. Unless otherwise specified, all programs are on Sundays at 2 p.m. and are suitable for grades K-5. Programs are free, open to the public. No registration is required. Please mark your calendars for these wonderful family performances. FRIENDS 2017-2018 Programs.


Sunday, September 17, at 2:00 pm.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Insects

manadaEver wondered what’s going on in the lawn in front of the library? Come join the Manada Conservancy and learn about riparian buffers and why they are important for our community. Then take a walk on the wild side and learn about the amazing insects that make their home there. After the program, take a “field trip” down to the riparian buffer and see how many buffer bugs you can find!


Sunday, October 22, at 2:00 p.m.

Teller of Home-Fried Tales

Lyn_FordCome hear award winning storyteller Lyn Ford perform Affrilachian Folktales, African American folktales, fables, and fool tales from the hills and valleys of Appalachia. Be ready to laugh and learn with these stories full of heart!

Please note: This program will take place in the Children’s area of the library, not in the program rooms.



Sunday, November 12, at 2:00 p.m.

The Gizmo Guys: Objects in Motion

GizmoGuysSqCombine world-class juggling skills, solid links to science and math – mix it with lots of comedy, and you have The Gizmo Guys. With unbelievable teamwork and cooperation, this duo, which has been performing for over 20 years, will amaze the audience with their mastery of patterns, gravity, symmetry, and fun! See the Gizmo Guys juggling in action!




Sunday, January 21, at 2:00 p.m.

SPLAT Studio

splat_studioLet’s chase those winter blues away with an afternoon of art!
Back by popular demand, Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio – Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together – will help children create a wonderful work of art and get their creative juices flowing!

Pre-registration is required.
2:00-2:40: ages 2-6; maximum of 30
3:00-3:40: ages 6 and up; maximum of 30
Registration for this limited program, online at www.hersheylibrary.org or call the Children’s Desk at 533-6555 X 3708.


Sunday, February 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.

Bantaba: the Circle of Celebration by The Seventh Principle

bantabaThrough a high-energy fusion of percussive dance, traditional music, and rousing call-and-response, the three performers of The Seventh Principle demonstrate both traditional African dance and modern African-American dance while teaching about the respective cultures on both sides of the Atlantic.  Bantaba: The Circle of Celebration connects students to the history of African dance and cultures and celebrates the unique ability the art form has to bring people together around the world.



Sunday, March 11, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Deborah Sampson by Anne Pasquale

deborah_sampson_1This is the story of Deborah Sampson, a remarkable woman whose life is largely ignored by most historical texts. She was known as the “Secret Soldier,’ the American Revolution’s only acknowledged female combat veteran. A descendant of William Bradford and Miles Standish, Deborah Sampson spent her childhood in poverty and was sold into indentured servitude. Anne Pasquale and her accompanist bring this story to life through interactive re-enactments and storytelling. The audience will understand the plight of the colonies and the need for revolution through the eyes of this extraordinary young woman. This performance, highlighted by stage combat and live music of the period, is a perfect accompaniment for anyone interested in colonial history or the American Revolution.


Sunday, April 29, 2018, 2:00 p.m.

Patricia Polacco: Author and Illustrator

patricia_polacco_2Patricia has authored over 100 books and stories, as well as adding stunning visual artistry to her books. She has been enlightening children and adults alike for 30 years while visiting elementary schools and libraries all over the United State and Canada. She shares her message of tolerance, acceptance, diversity, love, and respect to children of all ages while entertaining them with her lively personal stories. Patricia draws upon her rich heritage of mixed cultures for her inspirations.


Sunday, May 11, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.


Trick-or-Treat Storytime


Tuesday, October 31 at 1:30 p.m. This storytime is for children ages 3-6. Come in costume to enjoy stories and a chance to trick-or-treat in the library. No registration necessary.

8th Annual Holiday Movie Extravaganza

Thursday, December 21 at 6:30 p.m.

Come in your pajamas ready to be transported to the Jolly Old England! By popular demand, we will show the movie, A Muppet Christmas Carol (rated G) and enjoy popcorn and apple juice and maybe even a few surprises. No registration is needed.

Winter Break Film Festival


We are celebrating books made into movies. Movies start at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. No registration needed.

Tuesday, December 26  The Hideaways (G) This 1973 movie starring Ingrid Bergman is based on the Newbery Award winning book, From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg.

Wednesday, December 27  Child of Glass (Unrated) This 1978 production made of the Wonderful World of Disney is based on Richard Peck’s book, The Ghost Belonged to Me. Alexander and his friend Blossom work together to solve the mystery of the ghostly girl haunting Alexander’s new Louisiana home.

Friday, December 29  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe  For our final Winter Break movie, we are spending time in Narnia where it is always winter but never Christmas, thanks to the decree of the White Witch. Join Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund on their first journey to Narnia. This 2005 movie (PG) is, of course, based on the book of the same name by C. S. Lewis.