Summer Quest


  • Young children ages 0-3 will have a calendar of activities to be completed, available at the Children’s desk. (Paper and online sign up.)
  • Register online for children ages 4-12.  (Online sign up.)
  • Kids in grade 6-8, and teens 13-17 will have their own summer reading challenges. (Paper and online sign up.)

Download the Beanstack Tracker app for your mobile device from the Apple App Store and Google Play for Android to record reading sessions, to scan ISBN barcodes to add titles to your Log (available only on smartphones; not tablets), and manage family reading logs and view statistics.

About the reading challenge:

Children are encouraged to participate in our Summer Quest (previously called Summer Reading Challenge) which provides a no-pressure and fun way to continue reading over summer vacation thereby maintaining reading skills mastered during the school year. All activities are free of charge. Incentives this year include a special library lanyard and exclusive badges. A book will be awarded for meeting the reading challenge. The reading challenge is to read 720 minutes, which is about 20 minutes a day for 6 weeks.

What counts as reading minutes? Children being read to (this includes children of all ages), children reading by themselves, reading to a sibling, a grown-up, or a friend. Listening to audiobooks also counts! We have audiobooks on CD for children and PlayAway audiobooks for older children. And, don’t forget audiobooks and e-books on Hoopla and OneDrive, TumbleBooks, BookFlix through Power Library, and Storyline Online.

Milt the Mouse is ready to rock out this summer! He will be hiding in the library from June 8 through August 2. He changes his location every Monday. Clues are posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages as well as at the library. Participants in the Hershey Public Library Summer Quest will want to follow clues and learn his weekly secret code to earn badges and prizes.

This year’s summer reading program will include Book Buddies, 1, 2, Whee!, Sensory 1, 2, Whee!, Books and Babies, Chewsy Readers, and other fun-filled programs for children and families. New this year is our Hershey Quest Scavenger Hunt at Shank Park.

Summer Quest ends on August 24. This is the last day to log reading minutes and to claim prizes.

Summer Quest at Shank Park and Summer Quest Celebration

Summer Quest at Shank Park

Friday, June 8 to Tuesday, August 21.

Join Summer Quest, a collaboration between the Hershey Public Library and the Derry Township Parks & Recreation Center. What is Summer Quest? A program for families from June 8. Pick up a game board at the library and follow a walking trail around Shank Park, located at Bullfrog Valley Road, Hummelstown, PA 17036. Using your game board, search for animals in the children’s fairy tale classic, The Bremen Town Musicians by the Brothers Grimm. Summer Quest ends August 21. If you have questions, please contact Rita Smith, Children’s & Teen Librarian at or call 717-533-6555 ext 3707. Summer Quest is supported by the Friends of Hershey Public Library.

Summer Quest Celebration

Wednesday, August 22. 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

A special celebration for families who complete the Summer Quest at Shank Park. Enjoy an exclusive showing of the Bremen Town Musicians movie. Your completed page of rubbings is your ticket! You may register in advance with a children’s staff member at the library.

Rock the Fort


Saturday, August 25. From 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Let’s end the summer with some family reading fun! Meet us for stories at 2:30 p.m. When the library closes at 3 p.m, registered families may use materials from home to create reading forts in the library. Enjoy family reading time and earn a medal for your efforts! ALL CHILDREN MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT FOR THIS PROGRAM. Registration is requested for this event. Register online, or call 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Meet Us At The Market


The library visits the Farmer’s Market! Stop by the Children’s Tent at the Farmer’s Market in Hershey to for stories and fun on Thursday, August 16 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Market is located next to the Cocoa Beanery at 1215 Research Blvd (off of Bullfrog Valley Road/US 322).

Rita Hunt-Smith, Children’s Librarian, with two of our library friends at the Farmer’s Market; seen here with a picture of “Flat Milt.”