Name: Hershey Public Library
Location: 701 Cocoa avenue, Hershey, PA 17033
We visited here during a time of celebration! Hershey Library is celebrating 100 years of providing books, materials and service to their community. Also, the Friends Of the Hershey Public Library are celebrating 50 years of supporting HPL’s many library programs and activities. As I visited there was a huge book sale going on and I could feel the positive energy in the library.
Although the building is large it is warm and friendly. The collections are well laid out with many areas set aside for research, study or just relaxing with a good book. There are small-tablets for catalog searching attached to the pillars in the adult area making it easy to search for materials without walking to a reference desk or back to a catalog computer.
As I walked through the building I saw that along with the regular collections there is a designated corner set aside for materials dealing with Palliative care: Living With Illness and Coping With Loss. I think this shows a special concern for those who need to find this information quickly and quietly. Also, I was informed that there is a Director’s Meeting room with material from Milton Hershey under the proud care of the library. The Summer Reading Program continues for all ages through the end of August. The Library is asking people to share their personal library story. These stories will be placed in the library’s archives. In November there is a 100 Year Anniversary Fundraiser diner entitled “In the Stacks with Murder on the Menu.”
The Friends of the Hershey Library members are excited about supporting all the activities of their library. Along with the book sale they are having a silent auction of several books for people bid on. For this special year they hope to have the community purchase 100 memorial bricks, donate 100 new books for families who visit the Hershey Food Bank, donate 100 pints of blood, and have enough volunteer hours at the library so they can reach 10,000 volunteer hours in the 100th year of service. This library is dedicated to reaching and serving its community.