Upcoming events

    • 14 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Hershey Public Library: Meeting Rooms #1 and #2

    Saturday, October 14 at 2:00 p.m.

    Come and meet Elizabeth Wein, whose book Rose Under Fire was chosen as the 2017 One Book, One Community selection.

    Elizabeth Wein spent her early childhood in England and Jamaica, where her father, an educational psychologist, worked for the Headstart program in in its formative years. At nine, her parents separated and she moved back to the Harrisburg area with her mother, who’d grown up in Hummelstown. Elizabeth’s parents both died young, and during her teens she was taken in by her maternal grandmother, Betty Saylor Flocken, a native of Lebanon who lived for many years in Mt. Gretna.

    In 1996 Elizabeth married an Englishman, Tim Gatland, and has now lived in the United Kingdom for over twenty years. Her teenage children both grew up in Scotland. But her close relationship with her grandmother Betty, who recently passed away in 2015 aged 98, means that Elizabeth and her family have maintained a strong bond to Central Pennsylvania and spend at least a month there every summer. As an author of teenage fiction, Elizabeth has led several area school and library events for young people over the years, including multiple visits to the Lancaster Youth Intervention Center. It is an enormous source of pride for her that her novel Rose Under Fire was chosen for Central PA's One Book, One Community read in 2017.

    Elizabeth has a PhD in Folklore & Folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and holds a private pilot’s license. Her recent books include the New York Times bestseller and Edgar Award winning Code Name Verity, the Schneider Award winner Rose Under Fire, and Black Dove, White Raven, which received the Children’s Africana Book Award in 2016. Her newest title, The Pearl Thief, is a classic "1930s" mystery with a Scottish setting.

    This program is sponsored by both the Friends and the Hershey Library Endowment Trust.

    Registration begins September 14.


    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • This program will take place in the Children's Area of the library.

    Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m.

    Come hear this award-winning storyteller perform Affrilachian Folktales, African-American folktales, fables, and fool tales from the hills and valleys of Appalachia. Be ready to laugh and learn with these stories full of heart!

    No registration is needed for Children's Series programs.


    • 22 Oct 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2

    Sunday, October 22 at 2:00 p.m.

    Cassandra Gunkel, Commonwealth Speaker, presents The Underground Railroad in Quilts? Discover  the secret paths traveled by African-Americans who escaped slavery in the South, is well documented by historians. With the aid of “conductors” like Harriet Tubman and shelter “stations” in the homes of sympathetic Northerners and free African Americans, thousands of slaves made their way to freedom in the North and in Canada. Several well-known quilt patterns are said to have been used by people involved with the Underground Railroad to pass along information in code to help guide the escaping African-Americans on their way to freedom. But does historical research support these claims?

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

    • 05 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Sunday, November 5 at 2:00 p.m.

    Western Pennsylvania resident and Author John Haigh Sr. will enthrall you with stories from his book, Air Force One: An Honor, Privilege, and Pleasure to Serve, which highlights his career as Chief Steward Air Force One serving Presidents Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush. Enjoy this unique opportunity to view photos, hear personal stories, and learn about the Presidents, members of Congress, and many dignitaries John met en-route aboard Air Force One. His book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.

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

    • 12 Nov 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Meetings Rooms #1 and #2


    Sunday, November 12  at 2:00 p.m.

    Combine world-class juggling skills, solid links to science and math--mix it with lots of comedy, and you have The Gizmo Guys. With unbelievable teamwork and cooperation, this duo, which has been performing for over 20 years, will amaze the audience with their mastery of patterns, gravity, symmetry, and fun!

    No registration is required for this Friends Children's Series program.

    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
    • Meeting Rooms #1 and #2


    Sunday, April 8 at 2:00 p.m.

    Hillary Jordan is the author of the novels Mudbound (2008) and When She Woke (2011), as well as the digital short, Aftermirth. Her first novel, Mudbound, tells the story of two families, white landowners and their black sharecroppers in Mississippi. Both families are changed forever when their young men return from battle in Europe and strike up an unlikely friendship, in defiance of Jim Crow-era expectations. It was published in 2008 after winning the Bellwether Prize for Fiction, a prize established by author Barbara Kingsolver to recognize literary books of merit that address issues of social justice. Mudbound won numerous other awards including the Alex Award from the American Library Association. It has been made into a feature film directed by Dee Rees starring Mary J Blige and will be released in 2017. 

    Watch a trailer on the film adaptation of her new book.

    Registration begins March 8, 2018, online, or call (717) 533-6555.

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