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Library Construction/Renovation News

Artistic rendering of the family entrance.

Beginning mid-January, replacement of the floor throughout the public areas will commence. During this time, there will be limited seating and floor space, and access to public computers will be impacted. The estimated disruption time is 3-4 weeks. We apologise for any incovenience, and thank you for your patience. Read more.

The Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges and Versammlinge Presented by William Donner

Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. William Donner will explain the history, cultural context and significance of Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges and Versammlinge. William W. Donner is a professor of anthropology at Kutztown University. His book about the Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges – Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge and Pennsylvania German Heritage will be available for sale and signing. Read more. Please register online.

Art in Science

Wednesday, January 29. 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Join students from Hershey High School’s Chem-Med Club as they lead school-age children in grades 2-5 through fun science activities, this month based on environmental science. Learn how to make a water bottle terrarium and dance like a bee. Please register online, or call the library at 717-533-6555 ext. 3708. If you have questions, please e-mail Rita Smith at ritahuntsmith@derrytownship.org

Friends Winter Film Series

All films are shown on Saturdays in February from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Friends provide snacks. February 1st – “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” (PG-13) INDIA. February 8th – “Bottle Shock”  (PG-13) UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. February 15th  – “Tortilla Soup” (PG-13) MEXICO. February 22nd – “Tea with Mussolini” (PG) ITALY.

“To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”: Valentine’s Watch Party

Friday, February 7. 3:00 pm to 4:45 pm. Celebrate Valentine’s Day by watching “To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before”. (2018. TV-14.) Based on the book by Jenny Han. Read the e-book on OverDrive. Snack on Lara Jean’s special snicker doodle cookies, write Valentine’s, and make your own scrunchie! Registration is not required. For kids in grade 6 and higher.

Franklin D. Roosevelt – An Arsenal of Democracy

Sunday, February 9 at 2:00 pm. A Friends Adult Program presented by Neill Hartley. Watch a famous moment come to life, as you meet with the President just prior to his delivery of the famous “Arsenal of Democracy” speech. Learn what President Roosevelt was thinking and listen to his plea for the support of our Allies. Read more. Please register online or call the library at 717-533-6555 to speak to a staff member.

I, Nat Love 

Sunday, February 16 at 2:00 pm. At this Friends Children's Program, Nat Love, the black cowboy played by Rochel Garner Coleman, tells the life and times of this ex-slave who joined thousands of others like him to explore and settle the West. Based on stories from Love’s autobiography. Read more. Suitable for children in grades K-5. No registration required.

An Afternoon of Jazz

Sunday, February 23 at 2:00 pm. Listen to Abe Ovadia a "jazz virtuoso”, a preeminent guitarist on the New York City jazz scene, and innovative guitarist who has developed a unique identity on the instrument and as a band leader. Featuring an innovative and emotionally charged energy that is unrelenting. Read more. Please register online for this Friends Adult Program from January 23 or call the library at 717-533-6555.

One Book, One Community Book Discussion

Monday, February 24. 6:30 pm to 7:45 pm. Join a book discussion on the 2020 One Book, One Community selection "Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth" by Sarah Smarsh. Read more. Registration begins on January 24, either online or by call the Public Services Desk at 717-533-6555.

"The Art of Racing in the Rain"

Saturday, February 29 at 2:00 pm. We welcome Garth Stein, bestselling author of "The Art of Racing in the Rain", the story of a beloved philosopher dog named Enzo who teaches us everything we need to know about being human. The book was inspired by Stein’s own experiences. Read more. Registration for this Friends Adult Program begins January 29. Please register online or call the library at 717-533-6555.