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Which books are you in the mood for?

We would love to hear from you about the books you have enjoyed reading recently. Are you crazy for the lastest books on true crime, thrillers, romance, or Blue Zones? Are you hungry for more recipe books? Whatever it is, our quick online survey will tell us what you're in the mood for! Thanks.

Teen Reader's Cafe

Tuesday, March 3 at 3:00 pm, drop-in to Teen Reader's Cafe 🍪☕️🥤to chat about novels, comics, audio books, blog posts, graphic novels, and more 📚. Open to tweens and teens age 12 and older. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Registration is not required. Teen Reader's Cafe is presented by Kendra Mase.

"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.

Author Visit: Rosemary Wells

Sunday, March 8 at 2:00 pm. Come meet author and illustrator Rosemary Wells, creator of the Max and Ruby series, as well as many more. Come “visit” her studio and learn some of the techniques Ms. Wells uses to create her art, and celebrate the importance of storytelling. Registration is not required. Suitable for children in grades K-5 and everyone is welcome. Please join the Rosemary Wells Reading Challenge!

USCF Rated Chess Tournament

Saturday, March 14. 9:30 am until 1:00 pm or later. Open to chess players of all ages and skill levels. This will be a rated chess event so current United States Chess Federation (USCF) membership is required. (Sign up for USCF at www.uschess.org) Young players and players new to rated chess tournaments are welcome and encouraged to participate! Click here for registration information.


"The British are Coming"

Sunday, March 15 at 2:00 pm. Rick Atkinson, one of America’s most acclaimed historians and long admired for his deeply researched and stunningly vivid narrative histories, will be at the Hershey Public Library once again. Books will be sold and signed at the event. Please register online or call 717-533-6555 to speak to a staff member at the Public Services desk. Read more.

Swimming With Sharks

Sunday, April 5 at 2:00 pm. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to swim with a shark? Most people in the non-diving community do not realize how important sharks are to the health of our oceans.  Come and hear about Bill’s experiences swimming with tigers, great hammerheads, reef, lemon and nurse sharks all on one dive along with many other of his adventures. Please register online, or call 717-533-6555 to speak to a staff member at the Public Services desk to register for this Friends Adult Program, one month in advance of the program.

3rd Local Author Festival

Saturday, April 25. 9:30 am to 5:00 pm. Authors from a variety of genres will share their experiences and books at the library’s third local authors’ event. The event is a tribute to all the incredible authors that live right here in Hershey and its surrounding areas. We are excited to offer these authors the chance to get some great exposure, network with other writers and to discuss their experiences, while selling some books along the way. The library is also pleased to provide an opportunity to our reading community to discover exciting new work. Both self-published and traditionally published fiction and non-fiction authors will be showcased. THIS IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED.

Guest Author: Lisa Wingate

Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm. Meet Lisa Wingate, a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels, including the blockbuster hit, “Before We Were Yours”. Her new book, “The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel" (release date, April 7, 2020), as well as others written by Lisa, will be sold and signed at the event. Registration begins on March 19 for the 22nd Friends Annual National Library Week Author Guest Visit. Please register online or call 717-533-6555. Read more.

Arabiqa! Drums and Dance from the Arab World

Sunday, April 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Come travel to the Arab world with Karim Nagi!  With humor, acrobatics, and masterful audience incorporation, Karim introduces us to the wonders of Arab culture. Hear musical instruments such as the Duff, Riqq, Buzuq, Sagat, Mijwiz, and Tabla, and learn about their history. Learn how to wrap a kufiyya headpiece, and then watch – and even dance – some folk dances!  You won’t want to miss this uplifting and energetic show! As an Arab-American, Karim bridges the East-West cultural gap in the most profound yet entertaining way. Registration is not required for this Friends Children’s Program. Suitable for children in grades K-5, and everyone is welcome.