Upcoming events

    • 06 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Separated by more than 4,000 miles, the Galapagos Islands in the equatorial Pacific and the Falkland Islands off the stormy tip of South America would seem to be worlds apart. In fact, these two remarkable archipelagos have much in common, from their shared history with Charles Darwin to their extraordinary diversity of life, above and below the waves. Join naturalist Scott Weidensaul for an exploration of these twin Edens — one famous, one little-known — that helped shape how science understands the natural world. Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist “Living on the Wind,” about bird migration, “The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America,” and “The Peterson Reference Guide to Owls of North America and the Caribbean.” Weidensaul is a contributing editor for Audubon, a columnist for Bird Watcher’s Digest and writes for a variety of other publications; he lives in Schuylkill County, and is an active field researcher studying the migration of owls, hummingbirds and songbirds from Maine to Alaska.

    Register online, or call (717) 533-6555.

    • 20 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    William Donner will explain the history, cultural context and significance of Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges and Versammlinge. The Grundsow (“Groundhog)” Lodges were started in the 1930s by a group of Pennsylvania Germans who wanted to have an occasion for speaking the Pennsylvania German language (Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch) and celebrating Pennsylvania German culture. The first official meeting was held in 1934. Eventually, 18 lodges developed in the southeastern part of Pennsylvania. Scores of related Pennsylvania German Versammlinge (“gatherings”) also developed which adopted a very similar format, although not structured around the groundhog. William W. Donner is a professor of anthropology at Kutztown University. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Donner completed over three and a half years of ethnographic research on Sikaiana, a Polynesian people in the Solomon Islands. He also has researched Pennsylvania German (Dutch) history, culture and heritage. He developed a website about Sikaiana and written a book about the Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges: Serious Nonsense: Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge and Pennsylvania German Heritage which will be available for sale and signing.

    Register online, or call (717) 533-6555.

    • 27 Jan 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    What’s better than getting comfortable and listening to stories on a cold winter day? Join us as Dovie Thomason returns with the wise, boisterous teaching tales of her Lakota and Plains Apache relatives. Stories come alive in listeners’ imaginations as Dovie shares her culture with understanding, sly humor and astonishing vocal transformations. Whether trickster tales or animal stories, Dovie gives us a contemporary vision of the rich cultures of the First Nations of North America.

    Registration is not required for Friends Children's Series programs. Suitable for ages K-5.


    • 10 Feb 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Totally Vocally is packed with music, entertainment, and education! Through contemporary and classic cover songs as well as original works, Ball in the House helps students discover the history of a cappella singing from chant to doo wop. The elements of teamwork and collaboration are equally highlighted as students explore how various vocal parts create harmony and beats, working in unison to produce a multi-dimensional piece of music.

    Registration is not required for Friends Children's Series programs. Suitable for ages K-5.

    • 02 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 23 Mar 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Meeting Room #2


    Saturdays is February at 2:00 p.m.

    The Birds PG13 (2/2/19)

    The Monuments Men PG13 (2/9/19)

    The Great Gatsby PG13 (2/16/19)

    Hidden Figures PG (2/23/19)

    NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED. ALL ARE WELCOME. SNACKS ARE PROVIDED BY THE FRIENDS.





    • 10 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Lightning, twisters and hail—oh my! This dynamic show reveals the science of weather—to the extreme. Where does our weather come from, and what factors make it a sunny day or a blustery one? We’ll make a cloud, explore thunder and lightning, and even create snow. We promise a stormy ending to this show as we demonstrate the power of a tornado!

    Registration is not required for Friends Children's Series programs. Suitable for ages K-5.


    • 24 Mar 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Come explore a Wilder garden with Marta McDowell. Marta shares her love of horticulture and garden history through the written and spoken word. She lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey and teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Woman’s Day, Country Gardening and The New York Times. Marta’s latest book, The World of Laura Ingalls Wilder, tells the tale of the plants and places of the beloved author of the Little House series. Marta’s other books include: Emily Dickinson’s Gardens, All the President’s Gardens, and Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. She is currently working on a revision of her first book, Emily Dickinson’s Gardens due out in a full color version in 2019. Books will be sold and signed at the event.

    Register online, or call (717) 533-6555.

    • 07 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Alice Hoffman was born in New York City on March 16, 1952 and grew up on Long Island. She received a Mirrellees Fellowship to the Stanford University Creative Writing Center, which she attended in 1973 and 74, receiving an MA in creative writing. She currently lives in Boston.

    Hoffman’s first novel, Property Of, was written at the age of twenty-one, while she was studying at Stanford, and published shortly thereafter. Since that remarkable beginning, Alice has authored, The Dovekeepers, The Marriage of Opposites, Faithful, The Museum of Extraordinary Things, Practical Magic, Here on Earth (an Oprah Book Club selection), and many other titles. Hoffman is also a beloved young adult author whose titles include The Green Witch, Incantation, and Nightbird. Several of her books have been adapted for the screen, including Practical Magic, Aquamarine, and The Dovekeepers.

    Hoffman’s work has been published in more than twenty translations and more than one hundred foreign editions. Her novels have received mention as notable books of the year by The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, The Los Angeles Times, Library Journal, and People Magazine.

    Lisa Hoffman, (cousin to Alice Hoffman), is a knitwear designer and knitting teacher, who lives in New York City with her husband, Andrew. She has three grown children living near and far. Lisa’s designs have been published in Vogue knitting, Interweave Knits and Knitwear Magazines. She has designed projects for Artyarns, Be Sweet, Blue Sky Alpaca, Long Island Livestock, Tahki Stacy Charles and Vijay Fibers.

    She has projects published in books including Alice Hoffman’s Survival Lessons, Vogue Knitting: Mittens and Gloves, Iris Schreier’s One + One series, and 60 Quick Baby Blankets, among others. She has original patterns for sale on her Ravelry.com site Lisa Hoffman Knitting. She currently works and teaches knitting classes in New York City.

    On September 25, 2018 Alice Hoffman and master knitter Lisa Hoffman have a new book due out called, Faerie Knitting, a magical melding of words and yarn where the ordinary is turned into the extraordinary and where imagination becomes creation. Faerie Knitting, is an entrancing collection of stories of love and loss, trust and perseverance.

    Books by both authors will be sold and signed at the event.

    Register online, or call (717) 533-6555.


    • 14 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Yah-Oh-Way, meaning “it is good” in Hopi, highlights the true depth and complexity of Native American societies. Experience the origins and meanings of the various songs, dances, and traditions of the many tribes that inhabited North America before the arrival of Europeans. By participating in traditional ceremonies, including the Feather Dance, an annual expression of Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to honor and celebrate the history and cultural diversity of Native peoples.

    Registration is not required for Friends Children's Series programs. Suitable for ages K-5.

    • 27 Apr 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meeting Room #2


    Student Submissions Are Needed by April 1 for Student Film Festival – The 7th Annual Friends of Hershey Public Library Student Film Festival seeks to showcase and recognize local student filmmakers’ creative work.

    The festival will take place on April 27, 2019 from 2 to 4 pm at the Hershey Public Library. We will show as many films as possible in that time.

    Please share this email with others to encourage more students to highlight their creative talents and join us to celebrate the students’ creativity!

    General Rules:

    • All film entries are free.
    • Each applicant can submit up to three (3) films.
    • A committee will screen the films prior to the festival for appropriateness for a public library audience.
    • Films must be 25 minutes or Less in length.
    • The films must be uploaded to You Tube and the You Tube link emailed along with the completed submission form which can be copy and pasted into the email.

    Awards:

    There will be an “Audience Choice Award” by secret written ballots from the audience.

    Submitting films — All entries (Link to You Tube film with the submission form) must be emailed to Steve Ballard & Martha Brown on or before APRIL .  harvestmoon210@yahoo.com. and steveballard650@verizon.net

    We will let the filmmaker know by April 6 if their film will be shown at the festival.

    We encourage filmmakers to attend the festival, and to bring friends and family. Each filmmaker will receive some Hershey’s chocolate at the festival. If you have any questions, please contact Steve Ballard at  (717) 435-5176 or steveballard650@verizon.net

    Download the 2019 STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL SUBMISSION FORM, or pick one up at the library.

    • 05 May 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Meetings Rooms #1 and #2


    The Hershey Public Library tradition continues – a surprise Mother’s Day art project. Back by popular demand, Meghan Winslow of SPLAT Studio – Spirited People Learning Artfulness Together – will help the children design a special project for a loved one. Pre-registration is required. This program is free and open to the public, and will take place in the library’s meeting room.

    2:00 to 2:40 p.m. Ages 2 to 6. Maximum 30. Register children ages 2 to 6.

    3:00 to 3:40 p.m. Ages 6 and up. Maximum 30. Register children ages 6 and up.

    Pre-registration is required due to space limitation. (Maximum of 30 for each group) Registration begins on Monday, April 22, 2019.

    You may also call the Children’s Desk at 533-6555 ext. 3708 to register.


    • 19 May 2019
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Richard LaMotte will be with us to share his knowledge and years of experience on sea glass. He will also provide insight into the art of identifying unique shards and review the basic science of how sea glass is formed. Learn why certain colors are so much harder to find than others and explore the history of sea glass. Questions are encouraged as this lecture will serve to be a valuable exchange of information between Richard and anyone seeking to learn more about these vanishing gems.

    Richard LaMotte, author of The Lure of Sea Glass: Our Connection to Nature’s Gems, is America’s leading authority on sea glass. This book, which focuses primarily on the emotional side of sea glass, was prompted by the many stories and anecdotes he has heard over the years from people who shared with him how much sea glass collecting has meant in their lives.

    It is a sequel to his classic, Pure Sea Glass: Discovering Nature’s Vanishing Gems, which was published in 2004. It has become the definitive book on the subject and helped spark the increasingly popular pastime of collecting treasures from the sea. LaMotte and his family have collected more than 40,000 pieces of sea glass, much of it from the Chesapeake Bay, near their home in Chestertown, Maryland.

    Books will be sold and signed at the event.

    Register online, or call (717) 533-6555.


    • 07 Jul 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • 28 Jul 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Meeting Room #1


    Friends will show a summer film series on Sundays in July at 2:00 p.m.

    Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs PG  (7/7/19)

    Mr. Popper's Penguins PG  (7/14/19)

    Hugo PG  (7/21/19)

    Night at the Museum PG  (7/28/19)

    REGISTRATION IS NOT REQUIRED. ALL ARE WELCOME. SNACKS WILL BE PROVIDED BY THE FRIENDS.


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