Summer Reading Challenge


Register online for the Summer Reading Challenge – Build a Better World. (For children ages 4-12)

Young children ages 0-3 will have a calendar of activities to be completed, available at the Children’s desk.

Summer Reading Challenge ends Friday, August 25. The culminating prize is a complimentary Trolley ride to the one-room schoolhouse where Milton S. Hershey attended. Eligible participants must have completed as least 720 minutes or reading AND found Milt the Mouse at least 5 times, with 1 uploaded photo, or Milt 6 times.  Each person riding the Trolley is to receive a numbered ticket (0-2 are considered lap-sitters), including a guardian to accompany them. If that Trolley completely fills up, another Trolley ride will be added.

Family Programs for Summer


Tuesday afternoons, drop in to enjoy great live performances. No registration is necessary. All programs below are free.



The Gilded Age with Kit’s Interactive Theatre

Tuesday, June 20 at 1:00 p.m.

We kick off our summer programming with a look at the Gilded Age and the Industrial Revolution, a time of growth and improvement in the United States. Our own Milton Hershey brought the Industrial Revolution to Hershey and built a model town around his chocolate factory. Be part of the show!.


Building a Better World through Music with the Bravura Brass

Tuesday, June 27 at 1:00 p.m.

Our good friends the Bravura Brass will demonstrate the ways music makes the world a better place. This talented Lancaster based group is a kid oriented, interactive and entertaining family program that has become an audience favorite at the Hershey Public Library. Featuring the trumpet, french horn, trombone and the tuba, this inspiring performance will have families enthralled with their musical virtuosity.


RAP (Rapping about Prevention)

Tuesday, July 25 at 1:00 p.m.

Sterlen Barr and the RAP crew return to help us hip-hop our way to a better world!

Build a Better Family Fort


Saturday, August 26. 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. Derry Township registration begins on Monday, June 5. Open registration begins on Monday, June 12. 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 between at the Farmer’s Market in Hershey on the following Thursdays: July 13 and August 10 from 2:30-5:00 p.m. The Market is located next to the Cocoa Beanery at 1214 Research Blvd (off of Bullfrog Valley Road/US 322).