Summer Reading Challenge

Libraries Rock!

June 8 is the kick-off is at the Hershey Recreation Center, this year. Come on over after school closes for the summer, between 11 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

This year’s summer reading program will include Book Buddies, 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.

Children are encouraged to participate in our Summer Quest, 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.

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

Summer Family Programs

Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 p.m, drop in to enjoy great live performances. NO REGISTRATION.

History of American Pop Music – Tuesday, June 19

Take a historical, political, and geographical riff through American pop music with this unique live celebration of the history of rock & roll. From African rhythms, Delta blues, swing, R&B, and country through Elvis, Motown, the Beatles, Hendrix, disco, and world beat, four talented musicians play with authority and joy while sharing the tremendous educational and musical power of this uniquely American cultural history. Rock out with us on Tuesday, June 19 at 1 p.m. Read more.

Robin Bady – Tuesday, June 26

Come to “Act a Story, Sing a Song” when Robin tells stories, you become the characters in your favorite stories or songs! Tuesday, June 26 at 1:00 p.m. Read more.

Bravura Brass – Tuesday, July 10

The Bravura Brass is a Hershey Public Library summer tradition! Enjoy an afternoon of great brass music spanning centuries and genres. Brass Rocks! Featuring the trumpet, french horn, trombone and the tuba, this inspiring performance will have families enthralled with their musical virtuosity. Tuesday, July 10 at 1:00 p.m. Read more.

American Dance: From Africa to Broadway – Tuesday, July 24

Explore how American dance evolved from its African roots and European influences into the popular stage and social dances that we see today. Two versatile performers take you from classical court dances and the Irish reel, to vaudeville, tap, and even the cultural impact of Michael Jackson – all of this and more is packed into this highly entertaining and informative perspective on American history. Tuesday, July 24 at 1:00 p.m. Read more.

Summer family programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Movie and a Craft


For all ages and especially for families! All movies are from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. No registration required.

Friday, June 22 – Sing (PG) 

A koala impresario stages a gala singing competition in order to save his theater, and the contest attracts the attention of such musically inclined animals as a harried pig mom, a teenage gorilla, a shy elephant and a punk porcupine.




Friday, July 6 – Country Bears (G)

A cub tries to round up a disbanded all-bear music group to save a hall from being demolished. Inspired by Disney’s Country Bear Jamboree theme-park attraction.





Friday, July 20  – Mary Poppins (G)

Julie Andrews made her Oscar-winning film debut as the “practically perfect” Mary Poppins, a magical nanny who enlightens the lives of everyone she meets while caring for a stiff banker’s two children in London in the early 1900s.

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 between at the Farmer’s Market in Hershey on the following Thursdays: June 14, July 12 and August 16 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).