701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

(717) 533-6555 library@derrytownship.org


Please find online information on Covid-19 at the PA Department of Health and at the CDC. If you feel unwell, please stay calm. Follow these steps.

  1. Call your doctor’s office. If you are unable to speak to some one, please use the “Coronavirus Assessment Tool”, online at https://www.wellspan.org/coronavirus in the right hand corner of the web page you are re-directed to.
  2. Call the Covid-19 HOTLINE at 855-851-3641. 8:30 am to 7:30 pm. (Please be patient as it might take a few minutes before your call can be answered.)


  • Monday, June 1 –  the library’s outside dropbox to return borrowed materials will open. All library fines will be waived.
  • Monday, June 8 – the library will accept telephone requests for library materials at 717-533-6555 during lobby pickup hours. Until then, please continue to e-mail us at library@derrytownship.org or send your question through “Ask a Librarian” on our website.
  • Monday, June 8 – Grab & Go Pickup service begins. Access to the library will be strictly limited to the lobby. Any item you placed on hold before March 14 will be waiting for you to pick up.

Have a hold waiting for you at the library? The library will check it out to you, and it’ll be available starting June 8 for pick up in the library’s front lobby. Patrons will be notified that their item is checked out either by phone or email, depending on how their notifications are set with the library. Items will be checked out for 5 weeks to allow plenty of time to pick up items. All fines will continue to be waived and the library will issue liberal renewals while Dauphin County is in the Yellow Phase of reopening.

Lobby Pickup Hours Starting June 8.
Monday: 10-2 & 4-8
Tuesday: 10-2
Wednesday: 10-2 & 4-8
Thursday: 10-2
Friday: 10-2
Saturday: 10-2

Patrons will be limited to 10 items checked out per library card.

How is the library ensuring your safety while using Grab and Go?
​The library’s lobby will be disinfected before and after each lobby pickup shift. All materials are quarantined for the CDC recommended timeline of 72 hours before being circulated back into the community. All lobby pickup patrons must wear a mask when entering the lobby. All staff will wear masks and gloves while handling your materials. Sorry, the library’s public restrooms will be unavailable to ensure that public access is limited to the front lobby. The library requests that no more than 3 patrons enter the lobby at a time.

  • Book donations are still suspended.
  • Check out eBooks and eAudios from home, and explore our e-resources for learning and research.
  • Follow us on social media to be notified of the most up-to-date news as affects our services.
  • All programs other than virtual programs are suspended at this time, and we will keep you posted here and on social media about re-scheduling programs.


The library’s Adult Summer Reading Program and the Children’s and Teens’ Summer Quest begin June 1st. These are uniquely virtual programs. Please register online.


The Art of Truth: A Writing Class on Creative Nonfiction. Sundays at 2:00 pm. June 28, July 5, July 12, July 19, July 26, August 2. Join us as we explore the exciting genre of creative nonfiction. In this class you can choose to write memoir, essay, biography, epistle, lyric essay, meditation or a combination of several forms. Fee: $60 for 6 sessions. Instructor: Laura English Please register and pay online at Eventbrite.com

Civilians of Gettysburg: Social Distancing Edition. Wednesday, June 3 at 6:00 pm. Presented by Steve Anderson. More than 150 years before “social distancing,” the people of Gettysburg knew what it was like to be trapped in their homes, afraid to go out, not knowing how long it might last. Join us as we explore the stories of ordinary people, in extraordinary circumstances. Read more. Please register online to attend this virtual program by Zoom link.

Fighting Fake News. Monday, June 15. 6:00 pm. Fighting Fake News is a hands-on workshop with Lebanon Valley College History, Professor Michael Schroeder. Read more.  This virtual program will help you to develop your ferreting-out-fake-news muscle, which is now a civic survival skill and duty. Please register online.

Bob Watson’s “The Nazi Titanic” Book Discussion. Saturday, July 11. 2:00 pm. Join a virtual program with award-winning author and historian, Bob Watson, who has published over 40 books on topics in history and politics. Read more. He will discuss his book “The Nazi Titanic”. Please register online.


Books & Babies – A time for pre-walking babies (birth-12 months) and parents/caregivers to share in songs, simple stories, nursery rhymes, and action plays. The program is on Mondays at 9:30 am beginning on June 15.

1, 2, Whee! – A mixed-age program for ones and twos with a caregiver. Join Miss Rita in the Zoom room for songs, stories, dances, fun, and learning–all at the same time! The program is on Tuesdays at 10:00 am beginning on June 16.

Chewsy Readers for children in grades K-2 is a program for readers (registered children) to meet for lunch and share books on Mondays at 12:15 pm beginning on June 15.

Chewsy Readers for children in grades 3-5 is a program for readers (registered children) to meet for lunch and share books.on Wednesdays at 12:15 pm beginning on June 17.

Furry Tales – Struggling readers in grades K-5 are paired with licensed therapy dogs and their handlers for an online reading experience. Readers sign up for a 15 minute time slot to read via Zoom with handler and animal. The program is on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm beginning on June 17.

Lego Club – Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join the library’s virtual LEGO Club. (Please register for each week your child will attend.) A Zoom link will be provided along with the week’s challenge via email prior to the club meeting. We will share a short story or lesson and then participants will have the opportunity to share the creations they made to meet the weekly challenge. The program is on Thursdays at 1:30 pm from June 18 to July 23.


Register for music and storytelling programs  – bringing the library to you. For children in grades K-5. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

Mark DeRose: Music and Fun! on June 16 at 1:00 pm.

Bright Star Theater: Once Upon a Time on June 23 at 1:00 pm.

Sciencetellers: Dragons, Return if the Ice Sorceress on June 30 at 1:00 pm.

Bravura Brass on July 7 at 1:00 pm.

Kit’s Interactive Theatre: Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother on July 14 at 1:00 pm.

Dovie Thomason: Storyteller on July 21 at 1:00 pm.


Don’t yet have a Hershey Public Library card but live in Derry Township with a ZIP code of 17033 and 17036? You may apply online for a temporary library card to access the e-Library for Hoopla, OverDrive, and also to access the library’s E-Resources, Click HERE for information on how to get a temporary library card, or to get a password to your account if you are already a Hershey Public Library card holder.