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Teen Space


Find websites for technology interests, writing and art contests, fashion, music and other media recommendations, world current affairs and reading suggestions.

TED ideas worth spreading – global issues. – 10 cool websites for music, writing, bond with math fanatics, how to stand out, how to make a difference. – websites for teens, and what they want to know: includes fashion, games, and music.

NoveList Plus – shopping for ideas on fiction and nonfiction read – alikes? (log in with your Hershey Public Library card). – recommendations of similar books, tv shows, movies, music, and bands, games.

Pomegranate Words – links to several writing contests for teens including Ray Bradbury Creative Writing Contest, Kids-in-Print Book Contest, and MISFITS Writing Contest.

Teen Ink – variety of writing contests including cover art contests, poetry contests, fiction writing contests, and environment writing contests.

In the Middle


In the Middle program for kids in grade 6 and up will be offered throughout the school year on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. beginning Wednesday, September 6. YOU MUST REGISTER FOR EACH SESSION YOU WISH TO ATTEND. Register on the Event Calendar, or call (717) 533-6555 ext. 3708.

Facilitators: Jackie Sisco and Annika Sundberg. Meeting Room #1.

1st. Wednesday – Open room for playing games

2nd. Wednesday – Art

3rd. Wednesday – Book Club*

4th. Wednesday – TBA (Wild Card)

*September: read a book written by author, Jerry Spinelli. Click here for a Jerry Spinelli booklist.

2017 Award Winning Titles

Some of these titles are adult books but teens might like them.

March, book three by John Lewis Y B LEW

 Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit Y SAV

The passion of Dolssa: a novel  by Julie Berry Y BER

Scythe by Neal Shusterman Y SHU (and in OverDrive)

The sun is also a star by Nicola Yoon (OverDrive)

The regional office is under attack! by Manuel Gonzales FIC GON

In the country we love: my family divided by Diane Guerrero B GUE (and in OverDrive)

Buffering: unshared tales of a life fully loaded by Hannah Hart 792.7 HAR (and in OverDrive)

Every heart a doorway by Seanan McGuire FAN MCG (and in OverDrive)

Romeo and/or Juliet: a chooseable-path adventure by Fyan North FIC NOR

The invisible life of Ivan Isaenko FIC STA

The smell of other people’s houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock Y HIT (and in OverDrive)

Girls Who Code


REGISTER HERE. Girls in grades 6-12 learn how to use computer science to impact their community and join a sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. The program is designed for students with a wide range of computer science experience. Activities are available for girls with ZERO computer science experience all the way up to activities that introduce college-level concepts. The broad set of soft and hard skills taught are: Teamwork, confidence, time management, communication, functions, variables, conditional, and loops.

Tuesday afternoons 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. beginning September 19. Registration is wait listed. If you have questions, call 533-6555. Instructor: Lin Taylor

April 25, 2017. Instructor, Julie Lobur

Road Sign Quiz

Recommended by Our Children’s Librarian

empress of the world
american born chinese
jessica-s- guide to dating on the dark side
a northern light
the rag and bone shop
code name-verity
staying fat for sarah byrnes
eleanor and park
glory o-brien-s history of the future
the family romanov
weetzie bat
i capture the castle
miss pereguine's home for peculiar children
forgive me, leonard peacock
a great and terrible beauty
howl-s-moving castle
paper towns
the perks of being a wallflower
13 reasons why
We have put together a list of titles we think you will enjoy. Click to reserve your copy, or find a print version of the list in the Young Adult section of the library and find the book in the stacks.

Teen Tech Week


Teen Tech Week, 2017 was March 5 to 11, 2017. Would you like to be a  teen tech volunteer. Download a JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION  form to be a Teen Tech Assistant to patrons with computer questions, and help with library tech stuff? Do you have ideas on tech recycling?  Do you know how to be safe online and about identity theft prevention? Would you like to make posters,  or organize a bookmark contest that highlights the library’s digital resources? 

25 Easy Tips for Teens

1.Download an ebook or audiobook from your library
2.Download a mobile app for your phone to scan your library card barcode so you never forget your library card at home again.     3.Visit your library’s home page.
4.Blog about a library book or program.
5.Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
6.Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
7, Ask your librarian or library staff to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
8.Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
9.Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Or, try this.)
10.Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
11.Check out some Play Away audiobooks, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
12.Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
13.Start a tech-related club at your school or public library.
14.Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
15.Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.
16.Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
17.Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database. (Power Library.)
18.Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
19.Volunteer to help with programs at the library.
20.Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
12.Search in a database for an article about your favorite musician.
22.Learn how to use some new software, and even create your own mobile app to submit for the Congressional App Challenge.
23.Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
24.Create a database of something you want to organize.
25.Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account as a way to find and share content about a topic of interest to you.

Continue reading Teen Tech Week



Young adults or a parent/guardian looking for advice and information, take a look at what is available in the online catalog and links to Internet sites you might find helpful.

Nonfiction titles in the catalog – click the image to select. Some titles are digital media in OverDrive. Titles in the print collection and Reference eBooks on Gay Rights.

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lgbt5      lgbt6      lgbt7      lgbt8 

Websites to browse for information

10 Tips for Parents of a Gay, Lesbian,  Bisexual or Transgender Child

Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG)

Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Teens: Facts for Teens and Their Parents

Transgender/Inclusion Advocacy & Information

Preparing for College

Rear view of graduates in caps and gowns

Information on the college admission process.

Practice tests and resources for high school and college students, and for graduates.

College Preparation – Learning Express Library
Resources for College Students – Learning Express Library
College Board
College Board Practice Tests
Test Dates
Princeton Review


Navigate colleges. Select a degree or level of study, concentration, institution type, browse for programs, majors and careers.

College Navigator – The U.S. Department of Education College Search Website
College Blue Book – Gale Reference eBook. Log in with your Hershey Public Library card beginning with 2901 and select Education. – Find colleges offering online degree programs


Student Financial Aid Information

Department Student Financial Aid Resources                                                   Department of Education Student Financial Aid
Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – file online
College Scoreboards
Sallie Mae