701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

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Library fines will begin to accrue for overdue items as of Monday, July 20. For information on the library's fines and fees policy and methods of payment, please click here. Thank you very much.

Hershey Public Library Resumes In-Person Library Services

WE ARE NOW OPEN! We hope you will be delighted with all the new features, starting with the Family Entrance that is very convenient to the parking area. Come to explore the children’s Story Time Room housing an extensive collection of picture books, and a Teen Room dedicated to young adult reading and listening materials.  Due to Covid-19, patrons will notice that some items are temporarily unavailable, and social distancing precautions are essential to everyone’s health and safety. The Hershey Public Library is thankful for your co-operation and looks forward to welcoming you back. Please observe that the library has new hours.

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Temporary Changes During Covid-19

  • A mask or face covering must be worn to enter the building
  • Returned library items are quarantined for 3 days
  • Sorry, the water fountain and the hot drink maker will be unavailable
  • Children’s toys and board books will be unavailable
  • All programs and classes will continue online
  • Reduced seating to comply with social distancing
  • No printing from public computers and no photocopying available
  • No meeting rooms available for reservation
  • Book donations are suspended for the time being
  • Please use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently
  • All library fines will be waived until Monday, July 20

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Library hours: Year-round

Monday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Tuesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Wednesday 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Thursday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Summer Reading For All Ages

The library’s Adult Summer Reading Program and the Children’s and Teens’ Summer Quest run from June 1st to August 31 for adults, and until August 22 for children and teens. These are uniquely virtual programs. Please register online.

A Summer Read

Transforming Health Launches 2020 Summer Read 

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant will be featured as the 8th annual Summer Read. Option B combine stories, research, and practical advice to help you build strength for life’s challenges—and help your family and community do the same. Copies available.

This year’s selection is an extension of Transforming Health’s “Here With You” campaign designed to support communities in Central Pennsylvania during and after the COVID-19 health crisis. The Summer Read project is a community partnership of WITF’s Transforming HealthAligning Forces for Quality- South Central PA and Central PA library systems with additional support from WellSpan Health and Capital BlueCross. Learn more at TransformingHealth.org.

Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy is available as an e-book and audiobook in OverDrive. A summary, guide and analysis of the book are available in hoopla.

Adult and Family Programs

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. Read more.

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.

Learn to Draw; Draw to Learn 2: Drawing in Perspective for Beginners. Tuesday, July 14 and Tuesday, July 21. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Instructor: Marie Gamon.  Practice the basics of Linear Perspective….the Framework of your painting/drawing. On Zoom. Read more.

Harry Potter Family Trivia Night. Thursday, July 30. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Come join us on Facebook Live for Harry Potter Trivia. It'll be fun and magical.

Marie's All About Color. Tuesday, August 4 and Tuesday, August 11. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Register to join instructor, Marie Gamon from HAAA for a class on Zoom. Learn about colors and how they work. Unleash the artist within! Read more.

Lightroom Processing Photography Class. Wednesday, August 5. 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Instructor, Bryson Leidich, will demonstrate the Develop module in Lightroom online in an overview class of about 60-90 minutes. Read more.

Children's Virtual Performance Programs

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. Programs are subject to change.

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.

Bravura Brass on date TBA at 1:00 pm.

Children's Literacy Programs

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. July 9, 16 23, and August 6.

Registration for Books & Babies, 1,2, Whee!, Chewsy Readers and Furry Tales has closed.

Friends Annual Book Sale is Canceled

The Friends of the Hershey Public Library has canceled the 2020 Book Sale because of health and safety concerns from the novel coronavirus pandemic. The annual sale, which features thousands of books for all ages, was scheduled to take place July 31 through Aug. 5. The event is the Friends’ largest fundraiser; all proceeds go toward supporting the library.

Even with the Hershey Public Library recently resuming some functions, the Friends’ board feared it would not be possible to adequately protect patrons during this popular event. If you are interested in supporting the work of the Friends, please make a donation or join the Friends on a variety of membership levels.

Do You Feel Unwell and are Worried you Might Have Covid-19?

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.)

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