Summer is fast approaching. At the Adams County Library System, we’re gearing up for our busiest time of year. Kids and teens across the county will participate in Summer Quest. But, did you know there is a Summer Reading Program for adults? This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories,” dedicated to space related activities and programs, as well as the power of reading. Interested in participating? Here’s how: Starting Saturday, June 1, adults may register and start recording books read through Beanstack. For those who participated in the library system’s Winter Reading Challenge this past winter, the format will be very familiar to you. Access the link to the program through the Adams County Library System’s website. If you have a prior account with Beanstack – either from signing up for the Winter Reading Challenge or registering your kids for last year’s Summer Quest – you can log into your account and then register for the Adult Summer Reading Program. Record any adult or YA book read, including eBooks and eAudiobooks and audiobooks. Record five (5) books read and earn one (1) chance to win a grand prize basket. Keep reading and earn a second chance upon recording twenty (20) books read. Stop by your local library to see the contents’ list for the grand prize basket. Read and record through Sunday, August 11 to participate in the program.
The Adult Summer Reading Program is not the only event taking place for adults this summer. This year, look for events throughout the county that either discuss outer space or a topic of interest to the community.
Gettysburg Library will host “The Next Big Thing in Ground-Based Telescopes” on Tuesday, July 16 at 6:30pm. Presented by Craig Foltz of Gettysburg College, this program will be of interest to amateur astronomers. Love planetariums? Then the “Full-Dome Planetarium Presentation” at Gettysburg College’s Hatter Planetarium on Tuesday, July 23 at 6:30pm may be of interest. Register for either or both of these events on the Adams County Library System’s website. Space is limited, especially for the planetarium visit, so register early! Look for more information in the coming weeks on an event that will take place Tuesday, August 13 at 6:30pm, as Kenneth Serfass portrays General Ulysses S. Grant in a program titled “Considering a Second Term: General Grant and the White House Years.”
New Oxford Area Library is currently hosting a NASA’s Apollo 50th Anniversary series every other Thursday at 2pm. On June 13, June 27, and July 11, learn about space exploration; rockets and spacecraft; and exploring the moon and Mars. For more information, visit the Events page of the Adams County Library System’s website. Also, don’t forget about the Books and Brew Book Discussion, which meets the 4th Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm at Deja Brew Coffee and Bakery in New Oxford. More information on books discussed each month can be found on the Events page of the library system’s website.
On Thursday, July 18 from 6pm to 8pm, Carroll Valley will host a class on Smartphone Basics. Registration is required; those interested may call 717-642-6009 for more information.
Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Public Services Librarian