What is Cruise in to Kindergarten?

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Formerly called Read-Aloud Stories, our programs are designed to help children “cruise into kindergarten.”

 

The Hershey Public Library provides a regular schedule of preschool programming from September to July. This consists of Books and Babies, Wonderful Ones, Toddlertime, Storytime, and now in the Fall, includes Play Day for Families. Each cycle includes two weeks of registration and five weeks of programming.

Pennsylvania Libraries and the Hershey Public Library know that children’s development in the years between birth and Kindergarten is impacted greatly by loving relationships, stimulating environments and engaging experiences. The Hershey Public Library encourages families to build stronger relationships by acknowledging and supporting families as a child’s first teacher. We provide families with a place to socialize, play, read and find support that will bolster their role in creating the foundations for life-long learning and success.

Block Party!

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Friday, November 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins Friday, November 10.)

Wednesday, December 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (Registration begins Wednesday, December 13.) 

Come to play with the library’s special all-new universal wooden blocks and play sets from Lakeshore Learning–over 300 blocks in 25 shapes! Build a tower, a neighborhood, or create your own story! This free play program is especially for families and their children ages 3-6. This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute for Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.

Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708. Pre-registration is requested for each Block Party.

Play Day For Families

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Families with children ages 3-5 are welcome to register for an hour of center-based free play that encourages children and their adults to engage in the five practices of Early Literacy: talking, singing, reading, writing, and playing. Play Day for Families is held Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a. m.

Register here for each Play Day for Families. 

Fall sessions: Fridays: November 10. December 8. January 5 and 19, 2018. February 2, 2018.

(Registration opens two weeks before each class.) Please register for each session your child will attend If you have questions, or would prefer to register by telephone, please call the Children’s desk at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708 to speak to a staff member.

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Books and Babies

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Books and Babies is a four-week series of 20-minute interactive programs for pre-walking children birth to 12 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes and action plays. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents of young children while introducing your baby to the library and literacy.

Register online, or call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Fall session

Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Shared stories are from October 9 – November 6.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, September 25.

Open registration begins on Monday, October 2.

Winter session

Monday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 January 29– February 26

Township Registration begins January 15

Open Registration begins January 22

Wonderful Ones

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Wonderful Ones is a series of 20-minute interactive programs for walking children 12 month to 24 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes and action plays. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents of young children while introducing your baby to the library and literacy.

Register online, or call Children’s Services at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Fall Sessions

Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. October 10 – October 31

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, September 25
Open registration begins on Monday, October 2

NO CLASS ON ELECTION DAY – NOVEMBER 7

Winter Sessions

Monday mornings at 10:45 a.m. November 13 – December 11
Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. November 14 – December 12

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, October 30
Open registration begins on Monday, November 6

Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. January 30– February 27

Township Registration begins January 15

Open Registration begins January 22

Toddlertime

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Toddlertime is a series of 20-30 minute interactive programs for children 24 to 36 months and their caregivers. One child and one adult register together for songs, stories, rhymes, and a joyful introduction to the library. Toddlertime  is for children ages 24-36 months and caregivers.

Register online, or call the Children’s desk at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Winter Sessions

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. November 14—December 12

Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. November 15 – December 13

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, October 30. Open registration begins on Monday, November 6

Spring Sessions

Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and at 10:30 a.m. March 7 – April 4

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, February 19. Open registration begins on Monday, February 26

Storytime

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Storytime is a six-week series of half-hour programs designed for children 3 to 5.  Storytime provides a structured literature-based opportunity for children to gain independence.  Parents and caregivers may use Storytime to fill their own library needs or may be present in the room to observe or participate. Extended conversations with other parents are discouraged in the Storytime space. To best serve our young listeners, sessions are divided by age.

Register online, or call the Children’s desk at 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Late Fall Sessions

Storytime for 3’s and 4’s
Monday mornings at 10:00 November 13 – December 11
Derry Township registration begins on Monday, October 30
Open registration begins on Monday, November 6

Storytime for 4’s and 5’s
Monday afternoons at 1:30 November 13 – December 11
Derry Township registration begins on Monday, October 30
Open registration begins on Monday, November 6

Winter Sessions

Storytime for 3’s and 4’s
Monday mornings at 10:00 March 5 – April 2
Derry Township registration begins on Monday, February 19
Open registration begins on Monday, February 26

Storytime for 4’s and 5’s
Monday afternoons at 1:30 March 5 to April 2
Derry Township registration begins on Monday, February 19
Open registration begins on Monday, February 26

Tips for Parents

The following are some helpful hints for parents bringing children to any of our programs:

1. Please discuss the program with your child before you come. Explain that there will be stories, fingerplays, puppets, activities, and songs.

2. Please call the children’s librarian before bringing older or younger children to the program. Some sessions are at maximum capacity.

3. Please try to attend all programs. If you find you need to drop out, please notify the library so the next person on the waiting list may be called.

4. Try to arrive in plenty of time for the program. Programs will begin promptly. Latecomers distract both storytellers and audience members.

5. Please discuss appropriate behavior with your child. Good audience manners (listening respectfully and following directions) will be expected!

6. Although many children feel more comfortable carrying a “lovey” or toy from home, please be considerate of other participants. use your best judgment before allowing your child to bring toys to our programs.

7. Plan to check out books to you and your child can continue the library experience at home!