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2020 Friends Pop-Up Book Sale – ends December 5

The sale will have a different schedule this year and will take place in the hallway to Meeting Room 2, operating during regular library hours. Click here for the book sale pop up schedule details and information on the Saturday sale bargains!

Book donations on hold

Sorry, but book and media donations will not be accepted at the library from Monday, November 23. This is a temporary health and safety precaution during the Covid-19 surge.


Tuesday, December 1, 2020. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving held on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. This is an excellent opportunity to support the Friends of the Hershey Public Library and its mission of partnering with the Hershey Public Library to provide enriching programs for our community. Please consider a gift to the Friends as part of your season of giving back! Become a member, renew or bump up the level your membership to the Friends with your donation, or even give the gift of a Friends Membership to your family or friends. Making an online donation is simple and safe through a secure payment system at a level comfortable for you. Thank you.

Programs and Classes

#ReadGrateful Reading Challenge. Now until December 31 on Beanstack for kids from birth to age 12. Curl up with your favorite book (in any format) to take the Beanstack #ReadGrateful challenge. No prizes, just badges on the app. Share an attitude of gratitude with those around you by starting with some gratitude themed books to kick off the season of thanksgiving and reflection. Click here for reading resources.

Kindness Drawing Competition for Kids. Children in grades K-5, enter a drawing competition. Submissions will be due December 18. Drawings will be voted on in January and the winning design will be printed on yard signs and distributed in the community.

Financial Literacy Challenge. November 1 to December 31. Work through the Financial Literacy Challenge and improve habits, understanding and skill when dealing with your financial health. This online challenge is for children in grades 6-12 and for adults. Learn from Podcasts and complete activities. Register through Beanstack.

Blood Drive. Wednesday, December 23. 1:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Masks are required. Covid-19 Antibody Testing is available in December with each successful blood donation. A form of ID is required to donate.

Kid’s Carry & Craft Ornament Edition. Saturday, December 5. 10:00 am to 10:30 am. Please register online to paint clay ornaments for your holiday decorations.

Teen/Adult Carry & Craft Ornament Edition. Saturday, December 5. 11:00 am to 11:30 am. Please register online to make a disco ball inspired ornament.

SPLAT Studio. December 5. 2:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Get ready for a winter wonderland with Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio – Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together. Children ages 2-6 are invited to create a snowman collage in our Zoom room with Ms Meghan.  Caregivers should be available to assist children during this program.  Children ages 6+ are invited to create a snowflake mosaic in our Zoom room with Ms Meghan. Register children ages 2 to 6. 2:00 pm to 2:40 pm.  Register children ages 6+. 3:00 pm to 3:40 pm.

Fear of Commitment Book Group: Short Fiction. Thursday, December 10. 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Join Aly Tran and friends at Cassel Vineyards of Hershey, 80 Shetland Drive, Hummelstown, PA 17036 at 5pm.  We will be discussing Willa Cather’s A Burglar’s Christmas. You must be age 21 or older. No registration required.

Colonial Christmas: Winter with Washington’s Army. Saturday, December 12. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Please register online to join a Friends program presented by Michael Jesberger, historical lecturer, tour guide and reenactor. This virtual lecture on the various military movements of the Continental Army led by George Washington in Pennsylvania during the winters of the American Revolution. Mr. Jesberger will also discuss how Christmas was celebrated in the colonial period and the many differences in relation to how the holiday is celebrated today.

Christmas Wreath Making Class. Join us on ZOOM for this fun and creative workshop taught by Andrea Beitzel from A&M Growers. This is a Grab and Go format, so you will need to pick up your kit starting on December 10. Register online for the Saturday, December 12. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm class or for the Monday, December 14, 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm class.

Christmas Special PJ Party. Sunday, December 20. 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. Register to join Ms. Rita and Ms. Aly on Zoom or Facebook Live for Christmas Special Trivia. Catch up on The Grinch, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Charlie Brown Christmas, Frosty the Snowman, and Jack Frost to name a few. Make sure you are in your comfy Holiday PJs with a hot cocoa near by.

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Curbside Pickup

Try our curbside pickup service! Search the library’s catalog to find an available (on the shelf) library item you would like to borrow. Contact the library by phone at 717-533-6555 or by email at library@derrytownship.org to request a curbside pickup reservation. Offered Monday through Saturday. 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. 10-item limit. Read more.

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