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.

Sessions are offered year round.

Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. Register online, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

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, 1, 2, Whee!, Storytime, and 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.

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.

Fall Sessions

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

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.

Sessions are offered year round.

Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday mornings at 10:00 a.m.

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.

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.

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!