Moving forward into 2019

The Adams County Library System has much to offer the community throughout the new year.  Here are some special programs to look forward to as well as a reminder of many recurring events.
     The year began with the kickoff of the Passport to History program.  The Seminary Ridge Museum is partnering with the ACLS to offer a 50% discount to Adams County residents who show their library card!  This is a wonderful opportunity to visit a little gem in our community.  Additionally, the museum has provided each of our book clubs for school aged children a wonderful opportunity to read a book set in the Civil War and then meet at the museum to discuss the book and tour the museum.  
     Mark your calendar for February 12th and join children’s author Gene Barretta at the Gettysburg Library as he presents a program centered around his book “Lincoln and Kennedy : a pair to compare.”  President Abraham Lincoln and President John F. Kennedy lived and served a hundred years apart, yet had a number of things in common.  His other books include “Timeless Thomas: How Thomas Edison Changed Our Lives,” “Now & Ben : the modern inventions of Benjamin Franklin” and “Neo Leo : the ageless ideas of Leonardo da Vinci.”  All of these titles and more are available at your Adams County Library!  This program is bound to be interesting to all ages, so register online at or call 717-334-5716 ext 232.  Thanks to the Gettysburg Eagles for sponsoring this author visit.
     Another author visit!  This time it is baseball historian and author John Coulson who will speak on local baseball legend Bill Sherdel.  “Wee Willie Sherdel: The Cardinal’s winningest left-hander” will be discussed and John Sherdel will display mementos from Willie’s career.  This program will be held at the Gettysburg Library on March 28th at 6:30pm  It is sponsored by Barley Snyder, Attorneys at Law.  Register online at
     The Adams County Library System has just begun work to move to a new circulation system and catalog.  SPARK is the Pennsylvania Integrated Library System, an open source system that many libraries throughout the state are already using.  The goal of Commonwealth Libraries is to have all libraries move to this system over time.  Much more information will be coming your way as we get closer to our launch date of May 23rd.
     June 14th is the date for our 4th annual FunFest!  Kick off SummerQuest, A Universe of Stories with us at the Gettysburg Rec Park!  This is a free and family afternoon is for families and focuses on activities that children of all ages can enjoy.  Many local nonprofit organizations join with the library to create a great start to the summer.  The event runs from 4pm until 7pm.
     There are also many recurring events that might interest you!  Try the Cookbook Clubs at the Carroll Valley Library or the Harbaugh~Thomas Library.   Explore the Not a Book Club at the New Oxford Library or Read to the Critters at the Littlestown Library.  And every branch hosts storytimes for babies, toddlers or preschool children each week.
     Visit an Adams County Library as we work toward connecting people to opportunities that enrich their lives!
Submitted by Laura Goss, Interim Director