In 2018, the Adams County Library System saw another year of continued change and progress. We remain dedicated to the review, improvement and addition of library services, resources and programs. Every Life Fulfilled is our vision and this gives everyone associated with the Library System something to strive for.
The digital branch has grown in size and popularity. Ebooks and eaudios are now both available through cloudLibrary. Use of the cloudLibrary, Flipster, Freegal and Mango Languages all saw an increase in use as did visits to our website and other reference resources.
Space in the Gettysburg Library was repurposed and now includes two new areas. The local history area features Adams County historical books, access to Ancestry.com and a small display of local items. The second floor conference room was fitted with state of the art audiovisual capability, new chairs and tables that are used for small meetings or trainings.
Every library in the System now provides a variety of early literacy programs for our youngest library users and their parents and caregivers. The summer reading club has been reinvented and renamed SummerQuest, a broader summer learning program which includes reading, exploration and activities.
The number of programs for adults has increased; there are traditional book discussion groups and newer cook book clubs. Adams County Reads One Book continued and a partnership with the Seminary Ridge Museum was formed and Passport to History was created. There have been several programs at the museum and Adams County Library card holders can now visit at half-price admission.
The 2018 Signature Event featured author Christina Baker Kline and provided an opportunity to enjoy an evening celebrating literacy. Giving Circles were introduced to recognize our generous donors and sponsors. The Library continued to pursue grants and to expand our base of sponsors and donors. This support made possible continuing and new services.
Three Friends of the Library groups have continued to provide support, through donations to our operating expenses, programming, and furnishings and providing advocacy efforts on the library’s behalf. These wonderful volunteers work year round to fundraise for the Library, please consider a membership in support of their efforts.
Looking forward into 2019, the Adams County Library System will continue to strive to provide free access to the library services that our community deserves. In May, the Library System will move to SPARK, software that will improve our internal workings and give a new look to our online catalog. In July, we will upgrade internet capabilities throughout the system, improving access to our catalog, databases and the internet in general. This improvement will expand the free wifi available at all branch libraries; during 2018 the wifi was accessed over 90,000 times. Thanks to support from individual donors and a grant from the Thomas L. Cline Foundation, the Gettysburg Library will have a new roof installed this summer!
The Adams County Library System values the continued commitment and support from the Adams County Commissioners. Over the past 25 years, dedicated funding support from the County has enabled the Library System to move forward, changing and adding programs to provide essential services to the community.
The dedicated work of our library staff members, library volunteers and library supporters continues to make it possible for the Adams County Library to connect people to opportunities that enrich their lives.
Submitted by Laura Goss, Interim Director