Parting is such sweet sorrow...

     When William Shakespeare penned those words I believe he understood the sweetness that comes from a full heart tied up with the sadness born from saying goodbye.  Those are the feelings I have now, as I will be leaving the Adams County Library System as of December 13, 2018. I have accepted the position of Executive Director for the Library System of Lancaster County beginning in January.
     My heart is full for many reasons. In my two and a half year tenure here I have witnessed a fondness for the library system throughout Adams County that is unmatched anywhere. Everywhere I traveled, when people learned I was associated with the library, they told me their library story, so often a story about how the library changed their life. It is fitting that the library system’s mission statement is, “Connecting people to opportunities that enrich their lives”, as that is what Adams County Libraries do every day. I will always cherish those library stories. Please keep telling them.
     I have enjoyed working with some of the finest people I have ever known at the Adams County Library System. Many of them are unsung heroes, quietly embodying the ACLS core values of stewardship, excellence and trustworthiness. The enthusiasm and clear love of the staff and volunteers for the community is evident in their day to day work, and I’m certain it’s the reason for the level of fondness I described above. I look forward to calling them my friends well into the future and watching them continue to serve this community as a gateway for exploration.
     My heart and life are also full of new friends. The kind, wonderful people of Adams County have made me feel very much at home. While I have appreciated making friends, I have LOVED getting to know our Friends most of all. The Friends of the Adams County Library System, the Friends of Littlestown Library and the Friends of New Oxford Area Library share a common characteristic, an indomitable spirit—steadfast, unconquerable—supporting the libraries tirelessly through hours and hours of volunteerism, fundraising and vocal advocacy throughout the community. I cannot adequately express in words how much I have appreciated watching our libraries experience the benefits of that kind of love. Thank you all so very much!
     For now I say, “Good Night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.” I will miss this unique community—a dichotomy of rural life and tourism that somehow works together to make a great place to live—and I know that while it may not be close at hand, it will always be close at heart. I hope that if you haven’t already done so, you will take time in the coming year to learn more about the materials, services and programs available through the ACLS to enrich your life. You can start at http://adamslibrary.org.

Submitted by Karla Trout, Executive Director