“No, this is not the beginning of a new chapter in my life; this is the beginning of a new book! That first book is already closed, ended, and tossed into the seas; this new book is newly opened, has just begun! Look, it is the first page! And it is a beautiful one!” ― C. JoyBell C.
I am so excited to be on the first beautiful page of my new book as the Branch Manager of the Littlestown Library! While I may be new to my position here, I have lived in Adams County my whole life and have been a lifelong patron of Adams County Library System, ever since I was a child. I remember going to the Gettysburg Library when it was still on East High Street and getting my very first library card! I would wander around the Children’s Library, talk with Miss Doris, the children’s librarian, and take home and read as many books as I could devour. I even spent some time there as a volunteer, which helped me to earn a Girl Scout badge about books.
I have always loved books, and helping people, so naturally my career path eventually lead me to libraries. I previously worked for almost a decade in the Children’s Library in Hanover, so some of you may find the face of “Miss Jess” slightly familiar. I spent my time there working with the littlest patrons and helping to encourage literacy and a lifelong love of reading. As Branch Manager here at Littlestown, I hope to continue encouraging literacy and a lifelong love of reading for all ages. In the coming months, I hope to also bring an interesting and diverse array of new programming to the Library.
Currently I’m in graduate school, working towards my Master’s in Library and Information Science. In addition to my studies, I’m also on the executive board of the student chapter of the Special Libraries Association, and love that that allows me to meet new and interesting people from across the country. While that takes up a lot of my time, the free time I do have is usually spent reading (mystery, fantasy, and young adult literature are my favorite), seeing shows (community theatre, professional, and Broadway), and sometimes a little bit of cross-stitching.
Littlestown is a wonderful library with a strong history of support from the local community. Our official birthday is January 21st, and this year we celebrate eight years at this location. Coming soon, our Friends of the Littlestown Library will be having another of their famous Soup Sales, so make sure to keep an eye out for more info on this opportunity to fill your belly with tasty soup while supporting the Library. In addition, we’ll be having an open house meet and greet in February where you can meet me! I’ll be doing a special story time and we’ll be partnering with a local farm and may have some special surprises that include goats! Watch our website for more information on this and all of our upcoming programs.
And in the meantime, stop by and see me, ask me what I’m currently reading, and check out everything Littlestown Library has to offer.
Submitted by Jessica Shelleman, Branch Manager, Littlestown Library