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Ribbon Cutting Event!

On Saturday, August 22 at 1:00 pm, the public is invited to celebrate the new library renovations. There will be free ice cream from Sweet Dawgs ice cream truck from 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm, socially distanced family activities including bubbles, and grab-bag activity kits.

The renovation project is the result of a years-long effort involving the Hershey Public Library, The Hershey Library Endowment Trust, Derry Township, the Friends of Hershey Public Library, Chris Dawson Architect, and the Keystone Recreation Park and Conservation Fund. We are also grateful for the many donors who contributed towards the furniture and artwork that add so much character to the space.

We hope you can join us to celebrate this milestone achievement in the long history of Hershey Public Library, and a great opportunity to take a tour to see the new Family Entrance, the new Teen Space, and the new Storytime Room. We look forward to seeing you!

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Temporary Changes During Covid-19

  • A mask or face covering must be worn inside 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
  • Printing is available from public computers at 25 cents a page. Photocopying available
  • No meeting rooms available for reservation
  • Please use hand sanitizer and wash hands frequently

New Library Hours

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 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm (From September 12, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm)

Sunday – CLOSED

Read-a-thon Friends Fundraiser

Read-a-thon is open until August 22. Since we are unable to hold our annual Book Sale this year, the Friends of the Hershey Public Library are holding a Read-a-thon, managed through 99 pledges.com. Please join us in raising funds for this vital and active organization that provides support and funding for many library programs and activities. Read more and register.

Hershey Public Library Virtual Race

The virtual race is open until August 31. This a fundraiser for the library’s Friends organization, an event managed by US Road Running Virtual Races. $5 from every virtual race registration goes directly to benefit the Friends. Read more and register.

Summer Reading For All Ages

The library’s Adult Summer Reading Program runs until August 31 and the Children’s and Teens’ Summer Quest runs until August 22. 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 combines 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.

Programs and Classes

The U.S. – China Relationship: Heading for War? Sunday, August 23. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Presented by Bob Naeye on Zoom. For several decades the United States and China enjoyed relatively good relations. The two nations linked themselves together through trade and investment, forming an economic partnership known as “Chinamerica.” Robert Naeye will explain, China’s aggressive behavior has deep historical roots. Read more.

Cassel Vineyard’s Fear of Commitment Book Group: Short Fiction Only. Thursday, August 27. 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm. Join us at Cassel Vineyards for the Fear of Commitment Book Group. Do you like the idea of book groups but don’t want to commit to an entire book….join us for short stories only! We are reading Horror: A True Tale by Anonymous. This event is an Adult Enrichment Class for age 21 and older. Read more.

Hamilton Family Trivia Night. Thursday, August 27. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Get the family together….stream Hamilton the day before……brush up on your Founding Father and your Broadway trivia on Facebook Live! Make sure you are …”on the screen where it happens…” Facebook Live and Kahoots. Get the Kahoot App if you can.

Arabiqa: Drums and Dance from the Arab World. Sunday, September 13. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Join Egyptian-American musician and dancer Karim Nagi for an engaging, witty performance spotlighting Arabic music, dance, and culture. Please register online for this virtual program.

Hershey Trivia: Happy Birthday Mr. Hershey. Sunday, September 13. 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Happy Birthday Mr. Hershey. Join Ms. Rita and Ms. Aly on Facebook Live/Zoom were we will be celebrating with Hershey Trivia. Please register online.

Now Submit! An Introduction to Publishing Your Writing. Sunday, September 13. 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm.  Join the Instructor, Laura English, in a class to discuss reasons to publish and find answers to some preliminary questions about the process of submitting creative work. Read more.

Heroes of Flight 93. Sunday, September 20 at 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Virtual program presented by Mal Fuller. Review the events of 9/11/01 and see the day through the eyes of an air traffic controller who helped shut down the nation’s airspace and who dealt with United 93 prior to its crash near Shanksville, PA.  Read more.

Homeschool Resources

Getting ready to return to school? The library has great e-resources (aka databases) in LearningExpress Library, Power Kids, Power Teens and Science Reference Center for free online e-resources for students in grades K-12 and for college test preparation. Please click here for details.

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