701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

(717) 533-6555 library@derrytownship.org

Hosted Groups

Looking for a group to join? Hershey Public Library plays host to a number of groups that meet at the library and are open to new members. If you are interested in joining a group, you may either stop by at one of the meetings, or contact the person listed.


Hershey Writer’s Critique Group 

The purpose of the group is to help writers improve their skills and help individuals who are seeking self or traditional publication. Meeting times: 2nd Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. Contact person: Emily Miranda at emilyrfortney@gmail.com. (717) 497-6429. (THIS GROUP WILL NO LONGER MEET AT THE LIBRARY AFTER FEBRUARY 2020.)

Cocoa Area Fiber Enthusiasts 

This is a free social group for yarn spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, and fiber artists. Our goal is to foster the creativity and skills of our members through demonstrations, Show ‘n Tell, and workshops.  All adult fiber artists are welcome, and encouraged to bring friends. We welcome all levels of talent to our group. Members are urged to bring a fiber craft project, a Show ‘n Tell, and a bag lunch to each meeting. Meeting time: 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., usually on the 3rd Saturday of each month, with an occasional exception around certain holidays. Contact Person: Loren Chasalow at CocoaAreaFiberEnthusiasts@gmail.com.

Hershey Quilters Guild 

The Hershey Quilters Guild is an informal group of quilters interested in sharing ideas and projects. We have an on-going active charity program, making and donating quilts to various organizations. We welcome all levels of interest! Meeting times: 1st and 3rd Thursday of every month.  Also, anytime there is a fifth Thursday in a month, the group meets from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. for a charity work day (drop in). Regular meetings are held from 12:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Contact Person: Dorothy Pederson at dpeds78@comcast.net. (717) 565-1144.

Hershey Area Neighbors and Newcomers Club 

The purpose of the Hershey Area Neighbors and Newcomers Club is to promote friendship, to increase the members’ knowledge concerning the functioning of the local community, and to provide opportunities for social interactions through a variety of interest groups. Meeting times: 2nd Thursday of the month from September through April (no meeting in December). Meetings begin at 9:45 a.m. Contact Persons: Jackie Lomazzo at jlomazzo@aol.com. (845) 857-4204, or Suzette DeSantis at suzettedes@aol.com. (717) 861-4660.

Postpartum Breastfeeding Support Group

This program is offered through Penn State Hershey Medical Center. This class is designed for after the birth of your baby and provides nutritional information and open discussion on breastfeeding and mothers who are returning to work. This support group is for all mothers to share, learn, and have fun with their babies. Topics include: is baby getting enough? dealing with family, pumping and storage, supplementing and weaning and helpful hints. All classes are taught by certified childbirth educators and registered nurses. There is no charge for this class. Regular meetings are held on Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact Person: Anita O’Hara. Email: aohara@pennstatehealth.psu.edu. Phone: (717) 425-6981.

First Lego League

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenges kids in grades 4-8 to think like scientists and engineers. During the season, which lasts from late August until February or March, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. The library is proud to host two FLL teams under the direction of parent coaches and teen mentors from the FIRST Robotics Team Krypton Cougars. For more information, contact parent coaches at cyborgninjas24987@gmail.com. (http://www.firstlegoleague.org/)