Sensory 1, 2, Whee!

A special mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. Attendance is capped to provide a quieter, calmer setting. New songs, new dances, same fun and learning.

Summer Session

Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. June 20—July 25 (No program on July 4.)  Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Fall Session

Coming soon.

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!

September 1 at 10:00 a.m. (Registration begins August 21.)

November 24 at 10:00 a.m. (Registration begins October 30.)

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

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. – 11:00 a. m.

Summer Sessions

Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. June 15 and 29, July 13 and 27, August 17. (Registration opens two weeks before each class.)

Fall Sessions

Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. September 7 & 21, October 5 & 19, November 2, 16 & 30.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 27. Open registration begins on Monday, September 4.

Please register for each individual class your child will attend, online, or please call the Children’s desk at (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708 to speak to a staff member.

1, 2, Whee!

A mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. New songs, new dances, same fun and learning. Age Group(s): Toddlers (24-36 months), Ones (12-24 months). Presented by Barb Clay.

Summer Session 

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. June 19 – July 17.

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. June 20 – July 18. (No program on July 4.)

Registration for both Tuesday and Wednesday morning sessions begins June 4. Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Fall Session 

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. September 11 to October 9.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 27. Open registration begins on Monday, September 3. Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

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.

Summer session 

Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. June 18 to July 16. Registration begins on Monday, June 4.

Fall sessions

Monday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. October 15 to November 12.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, October 1. Open registration begins on October 8.

Wonderful Ones

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 (717) 533-6555 ext 3708 to speak to a staff member at the Children’s desk.

Fall Sessions

Tuesday morning at 9:30 a.m. September 5 to October 3.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 21. Open registration begins on Monday, August 28.

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

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

NO CLASS ON ELECTION DAY ON NOVEMBER 7.

Late Fall Sessions

Tuesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. November 14 to December 12.

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

Toddlertime

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.

Fall Sessions

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. September 5 to October 3.

Wednesday mornings at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a..m. September 6 to October 4.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 21. Open registration begins on Monday, August 28.

Late Fall Sessions

Tuesday mornings at 10:3 a.m. November 14 to December 12.

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

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 21. Open registration begins on Monday, August 28.

Storytime

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 (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Fall Sessions

Storytime for 3s and 4s

Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. September 10 to October 8.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 27. Open registration begins on Monday, September 4.

Storytime for 4s and 5s

Monday afternoons at 1:30 p.m. September 10 to October 8.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, August 27. Open registration begins on Monday, September 4.

Late Fall Sessions

Storytime for 3s and 4s

Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. November 19 to December 17.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, November 5. Open registration begins on Monday, November 12.

Storytime for 4s and 5s

Monday mornings at 10:00 a.m. November 19 to December 17.

Derry Township registration begins on Monday, November 5. Open registration begins on Monday, November 12.

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!