701 Cocoa Avenue, Hershey, PA 17033

(717) 533-6555 library@derrytownship.org

Please be aware the library's online services might be unavailable between 5:00 am and 8:00 am on Monday, August 19. We apologize for any inconvenience during this technical upgrade. Thank you.

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One Book, One Community: Our Region Reads

Select the book YOU would like to read. Vote online, or pick up a paper ballot until August 31. Read more.

Please visit the Events Calendar to see all library events, and to register for programs. Connect with us on our social media pages for daily updates and library news. Got a question? Contact us at library@derrytownship.org

Cruise into Kindergarten

Registration begins Monday, August 26 for the library's early childhood literacy programs, Books & Babies, 1, 2, Whee!, Sensory 1, 2, Whee!, Storytime, and Play Day for Families. If you have questions, please contact Rita Smith, Children's Librarian, at 717-533-6555.

Program highlights in August and September

Library Construction/Renovation News

Artistic rendering of the family entrance.

The next phase of library renovations will start in the fall (October) and will last up to six months. Plans include a new teen area, a new story time area, a reading garden, and a family entrance (artistic rendering above). Any changes to normal operations will be announced with as much notice as possible. The building will likely be loud and dusty during construction, and access to meeting room space will be impacted until renovations are completed. Read more.

Adult Enrichment Classes

Registration begins August 12.  Please register in person at the library unless otherwise noted. Classes include Card Making, Writing Your Memoirs, Hinduism in America, Succulent Painting, Pumpkin Collage, Rustic Succulent Box Workshop, Photography, ESL,  Ceramic Ornament Painting, Fused Glass, Mosaic Mirror, Fresh Evergreen Wreath Making.

Summer Quest: A Universe of Stories

Register online for Summer Quest and for fun activities. Summer Quest is for children ages 0-17. Summer Quest provides a no-pressure and fun way to continue reading over summer vacation thereby maintaining reading skills mastered during the school year. All activities are free of charge. Ends August 24. Read more.

Space Forts for Families

Saturday, August 24. 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm. Meet us for stories, first. When the library closes at 3 p.m, registered families may use materials from home to create reading forts in the library. Enjoy family reading time and earn a medal for your efforts! Register online, or call the library at 717-533-6555 ext. 3708.

Adult Summer Reading Program

The library offers a new Adult Summer Reading Program. Pick up your game board from the front desk, and join Constellation Challenge, today! Materials and prizes are graciously provided by Friends of the Hershey Public Library. Ends September 3.

Hospital Ship - Missions of Hope and Healing

Sunday, September 8 at 2:00 pm. Please register online for this Friends adult program. LCDR (ret) Donna Haase, NC, USN will present information about the USNS Comfort (T-AH 20), what it is equipped with, its capabilities, and deployment history. Learn about how hospital ships reach out to foreign countries to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Registration begins August 8.

USCF Rated Chess Tournament

Saturday, September 14. 9:00 am to 1:00 pm (or later). Young players and players new to rated chess tournaments are welcome and encouraged to participate! Please register online for this tournament at Eventbrite.com. Current United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required. Sign up for USCF at www.uschess.org

Poetry in Motion

Sunday, September 15 at 2:00 pm. Poetry in Motion is presented by Red Sneakers Production. Anthony Cascio combines acting, mime, vocal gymnastics, humor, audience participation, and a steamer trunk full of costumes, puppets, and props to allow students to encounter poetry as an engaging and relevant art form. Registration is not required for this Friends children program.

Nutrition for Kids

Wednesday, September 18 at 7:00 pm. Please register online for a program taught and organized by students from the Penn State College of Medicine to learn more about how to make sure your kids and whole family are getting the proper nutrition they need to be as healthy as possible!

Girls Who Code

Tuesday afternoons. 5:45 pm to 7:30 pm beginning September 24. Register online from August 26. This club is for girls in grades 6-12. Want to learn how to build cool apps and use computer science to impact your community? Activities are designed for girls with ZERO computer science experience all the way to activities that introduce college level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills taught are: Teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditions, and loops.