FRIENDS OF THE HERSHEY PUBLIC LIBRARY

 


Upcoming events

    • 2020-01-12
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    The Russian music, dance and song ensemble Barynya (Russian: Барыня) is known as the premier Russian folk ensemble outside of Russia. Barynya presents Russian, Cossack, Ukrainian, Jewish and Gypsy Roma traditional dancing, music, songs, and virtuoso performances on instruments including the balalaika, garmoshka (Russian folk button accordion) and balalaika contrabass. With their vibrant costumes and lively dance and music, Barynya will transport us across the world without ever leaving the library!

    Registration is not required for this Friends Children's Program. Suitable for children in grades K-5.


    • 2020-01-26
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 & #2

    Presented by William Donner

    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 Dutch 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. For the past 20 years, he has researched and published about Pennsylvania German (Dutch) history, culture and heritage. He also has written a book about the Pennsylvania German Groundhog Lodges: Serious Nonsense:Groundhog Lodges, Versammlinge and Pennsylvania German Heritage (2016, Penn State Press), which will be available for sale and signing.

    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.

    • 2020-02-01
    • 2:00 PM
    • 2020-02-22
    • 4:00 PM
    • Hershey Room

    Films from Around the World

    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” (Rated 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

    • 2020-02-09
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 & #2

    Presented by Neill Hartley

    The date is December 29, 1940. Franklin Delano Roosevelt has just been re-elected to an unprecedented third term in office. But the world is in a crisis. Nazi Germany has blazed the path of destruction across Europe, and America may soon be drawn into war. Watch this 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. Experience first-hand the history that shaped our nation. Neill Hartley is Franklin Delano Roosevelt in this fully staged historical presentation that will entertain and educate audiences from school age to adult. Following the presentation, there will be time for comments and questions for one of the most influential presidents of all time.

    Neill Hartley is professional actor with 30 years of experience performing in local and regional theaters. He is on the theater faculty of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

    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.

    • 2020-02-16
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Playing the black cowboy Nat Love, Rochel Garner Coleman treats the audience to 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, this one-man show was written by Rochel and underwent development at the Langston Hughes Center for the Arts in Seattle. From Love’s birth into slavery to his walk to freedom and how he won his name, the performance recreates that special period in American history that has captivated generations ever since.

    Registration is not required for this Friends Children's Program. Suitable for children in grades K-5

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    • 2020-02-23
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 & #2


    Come and listen to Abe Ovadia a “jazz virtuoso” and innovative guitarist. Having emerged as one of the preeminent guitarists on the New York City jazz scene, Abe holds a bachelor’s degree from Berklee College of Music and a master’s degree from New York University’s highly acclaimed jazz performance program. He is also a recipient of the Best Guitarist of 2016 Award from Hot House Jazz Magazine.

    Predominant voices in the industry have recognized Abe’s contribution to today’s jazz. In 2010, Jeff Levenson of Warner Bros. Records honored Abe as a “Promising Artist of the 21st Century”, which led to an international tour. Since then, Abe has developed a unique identity on the instrument and as a band leader, featuring an innovative and emotionally-charged energy that is unrelenting. Abe has performed or recorded with Benito Gonzalez, Ari Hoenig, Mark Ferber, Pat Bianchi, Brian Lynch, JD Allen, Rodney Green, and many others.

    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.

    • 2020-02-29
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 & #2


    Join Friends of the Library in welcoming 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. Garth’s book became a major motion picture starring Kevin Costner, Milo Ventimiglia, and Amanda Seyfried during the summer of 2019. The book was inspired by Stein’s own experiences. In 2001, Stein became involved in “high performance driver education,” and received his racing license with the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). He won the points championship in the Northwest Region Spec Miata class and left racing after a serious crash— while racing in the rain. A young reader edition of The Art of Racing in the Rain was also written as well as four children’s picture books featuring Enzo, and a stage adaptation by Book-It Repertory Theater in Seattle.

    Stein is also the author of three other novels: A Sudden LightHow Evan Broke His Head and Other Secrets, and Raven Stole the Moon. He has a new book coming out in July 2020 called The Cloven. It is a graphic novel he has written with Matthew Southworth (Stumptown) and is the first in a series. Garth will discuss his experiences and books. A question and answer session will follow the presentation. Garth’s books (including his children’s 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 to register for this Friends Adult Program, one month in advance of the program. The event is proudly sponsored by Friends.

    • 2020-03-08
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting rooms #1 and #2

    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. Explore how other cultures contribute to her art, and then we’ll celebrate the importance of storytelling. Maybe we’ll even make some story art together! Join us for this family program!

    Registration is not required for this Friends Children's Program. Suitable for children in grades K-5, and everyone is welcome.


    • 2020-03-15
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meetin Rooms #1 & #2


    One of America’s most acclaimed historians, Rick Atkinson, who has long been admired for his deeply researched, stunningly vivid narrative histories, will be at the library once again. His best-selling Liberation Trilogy earned him critical praise and a Pulitzer Prize for history for Army at Dawn. In May 2019, the first volume of Atkinson’s greatly anticipated Revolution Trilogy; The British are Coming: The War for America, Lexington to Princeton, 1775-1777 was released. Rick Atkinson, who spent nearly 15 years working on his World War II trilogy, was a staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post for 25 years. He is the author of The Long Gray Line, Crusade, In the Company of Soldiers, and the best-selling Liberation Trilogy: An Army at Dawn, The Day of Battle, and The Guns at Last Light. A winner of Pulitzer Prizes for history and journalism, he has also won many other awards, including the George Polk Award and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award.

    Books will be sold and signed at the event. The event is proudly sponsored by Friends.

    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.

    • 2020-04-05
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms $1 & #2

    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. Every other breath we take, the oxygen contained within that breath, comes from the ocean and sharks play an important role in keeping our oceans clean. Bill Henschke’s scuba diving has taken him on many trips ranging from the Pacific to the Atlantic and points in-between. From all of Bill’s encounters he feels that sharks are probably the most misunderstood animal on the planet.

    Come and hear about Bill’s experiences at Tiger Beach located 25 miles off Grand Bahama, where he was able to interact 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.

    • 2020-04-19
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 & #2

    Come and meet Lisa Wingate, Author of the blockbuster hit, Before We Were Yours, which remained on the New York Times Bestseller List for more than a year, was Publishers Weekly’s #3 longest running bestseller of 2017, and was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award Winner for historical fiction. “Before and After: The Incredible Real-Life Stories of Orphans who Survived the Tennessee Children’s Home Society,” which is the non-fiction companion book, was released in October 2019.

    Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award.

    On April 7, 2020 a Lisa’s newest novel, The Book of Lost Friends: A Novel will be released. It was inspired by little-known historical events and is a dramatic story of three young women on a journey in search of family amidst the destruction of the post-Civil War South, and of a modern-day teacher who rediscovers their story and its vital connection to her own students’ lives.

    The new book, as well as others written by Lisa, 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 to register for this Friends Adult Program, one month in advance of the program. Sponsored by Friends of the Hershey Public Library.

    • 2020-04-26
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Karim Nagi, Arab musician and folk dancer from Egypt and USA presents ARABIQA: Arab Music, Dance, and Culture.

    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.


    • 2020-05-03
    • 2:00 PM - 3:40 PM


    Pre-registration is required due to space limitation. (Maximum of 30 for each group.)

    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. Register children ages 2 to 6. A maximum of 30 kids per session permitted.

    3:00 to 3:40 p.m. Register children ages 6 and up. A maximum of 30 kids per session permitted.

    You may also call the Children’s Desk at 533-6555 ext. 3708 to register. Registration begins one month in advance.


    • 2020-07-05
    • 2:00 PM
    • 2020-07-26
    • 4:00 PM
    • TBA

    2020 Friends Summer Film Series: Films Around the World

    Sunday, July 5. “Mr. Beans Holiday” Rated G. (Featured country is France.)

    Sunday, July 12. “Rio” Rated G. (Featured country is Brazil.)

    Sunday, July 19. “101 Dalmatians: (the one with Glenn Close) Rated G. (Featured country is England.)

    Sunday, July 26. “Coco” Rated PG. (Featured country is Mexico.)

    Registration is not required to attend the Summer Film Festival. Please note the film’s rating for age appropriateness. Everyone is welcome. Snacks are provided by the Friends of Hershey Public Library.

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