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September is Sign-Up for a Library Card Month!

Want to instill a love of reading in your children that will benefit them for a lifetime? Get a library card. A library card means you can fill your home with new reading material as often as you’d like, for free. Current cardholders, pick up a flyer at the library to enter a drawing to win a prize. Simply recruit a new card holder, write your name on the flyer and give to your friend (the new card holder) to bring it in to be added to the raffle box when they get their library card. Both you and your recruit may enter the drawing. For information on getting a library card, please click here. Sorry, we do not have online sign-up for library cards. You must come in person to the library. Thank you.

Programs and Classes

LEGO Club. Virtual LEGO Club is on Wednesdays at 3:45 pm to 4:30 pm beginning on October 7 and 21. Budding architects and LEGO fanatics ages 6+ are welcome to join. Please register online.

Finance in Covid Times. Wednesday, September 30. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. (Rescheduled from Monday, September 14.) Please join Michael J. Fedash MBA, AIF – Senior Private Client Wealth Advisor with Members 1st Investment Services & Wealth Management to walk through strategies to help manage your finances during COVID uncertainty. Register online.

Fused Glass Class. Saturday, October 3. 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Join Kathleen Forney, fused glass artist, under the trees at the library and make either a fused glass plate or a fused glass coaster. Register online for this outside class. (Ages 14 and older.)

Open Mic in the R.G. Friday, October 9 and Friday, October 23. 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Join us in the R.G. (Reading Garden) for some socially distant live music. We will be hanging outside and listening to some local musicians share their talent. No registration required.

The Art of Truth: A Writing Class on Creative Nonfiction. Sundays from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm. October 4 to November 8. Register on Eventbrite.com to join an adult virtual class with Laura English, and xplore the exciting genre of creative nonfiction.

Outside Pumpkin Planter Terrarium Therapy. Wednesday, October 14. 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm. Register on Eventbrite.com to join Tiffancy Anderson or a workshop fit for a fairytale, the pumpkin succulent planter! A portion of every ticket sold will be donated back to Hershey Public Library! Rain date: October 21st at 6pm. For anyone age 14 and older.

Intermediate to Advanced Photoshop Class. Saturday, October 17 at Saturday and October 24 at 9:30 am. Register online to join Bryson Leidich in a virtual class and learn essential tools to achieve better image processing. For anyone age 16 and older.

Cassel Vineyards of Hershey: Fear of Commitment Book Group. Thursday, October 22. 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Meet at Cassel Vineyard (80 Shetland Drive, Hummelstown, PA 17036) to enjoy the short story Taste by Roald Dahl. You must be age 21 and older to attend.

Edible Book Contest. Saturday, Octobert 24. 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. (Voting from 3-4pm.) Use your amazing culinary skills to recreate a favorite book (fiction or non-fiction) with food! Edible books can look like a book, be inspired by a book or author, be a pun, refer to a character, or reproduce the book cover. Register online to participate. Open to all ages.

Tim Burton Movie Trivia. Sunday, October 25. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Register online to join Ms. Aly and Ms. Rita on Zoom and/or Facebook Live for Tim Burton Movie Trivia. Make sure you try and watch movies like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Beetlejuice, Frankenweenie, and others. Just don’t say Beetlejuice three times.

Mummy at the Mystery Mansion. Saturday, October 31. 10:00 am to 11:00 am. Register online for this Friends virtual children’s program Talewise (formerly Sciencetellers) presents the story of Frankie and Casey visiting their uncle for his annual Halloween party, only to find out that a creepy Mummy has been scaring everyone away! Some say the house is haunted, but Frankie and Casey have a different idea. Join them on their adventure to unravel the mystery of the mummy! Along the way, you’ll explore some spooky and exciting science concepts about blackouts, mummification, and more! This virtual program will be presented on Zoom. A link will be emailed to all registered participants.

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National Friends of Libraries Week

October 18 to October 24 is National Friends of Libraries week, and an excellent time to show your support by renewing your Friends membership, becoming a first time member or giving membership as a gift to someone close to you.

Friends of the Hershey Public Library raise money that enables our library to move from good to great — providing the resources for additional programming, much needed equipment, support for children’s summer reading, and special events throughout the year.

The work of the Friends highlights an on-going basis of the fact that our library is the cornerstone of the community providing opportunities for all to engage in the joy of life-long learning and connect with the thoughts and ideas of others from ages past to the present.

The Friends understand the critical importance of well funded libraries and advocate to ensure that our library gets the resources it needs to provide a wide variety of services to all ages including access to print and electronic materials, along with expert assistance in research, readers’ advisory, and children’s services.

The Friends’ gift of their time and commitment to the library sets an example for all in how volunteerism leads to positive civic engagement and the betterment of our community.

National Friends of Libraries Week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united.

Sunday, November 8. 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm. Kyle Carey Presents Scottish/Gaelic Songs. Kyle has released three full-length albums, her most resent is “The Art of Forgetting.” Her music is a unique fusion of Appalachian and Celtic music she likes to call “Gaelic Americana.” Register online for this virtual program (from October 1.)

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 unavailableJoin us as we explore the exciting genre of creative nonfiction.
  • 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 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday – CLOSED

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.