60 Years and Counting

2019 is a special year as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Adams County Friends of the Library. Started in 1959, a group of concerned citizens wanted to make a library in Gettysburg an important community resource. That spirit continues today as we make our yearly fundraising donation, allowing the library system to continuously improve the library user’s experience.

This year’s Friend’s fundraising activities included our annual summer book sale at Redding Auction Services in Gettysburg. We experienced good steady traffic throughout the book sale, and received many compliments on the facility and the quality of books we had to offer. We had about 21,000 books, CD’s, DVD’s and some record albums. We raised $19,878.17, which was very close to what we had raised in our 2018 book sale. We were blessed with a great group of volunteers and plenty of shoppers. In an effort to encourage literacy and reading, 142 children (12 and under) received 925 free books, and 81 teachers received a free bag of bags for use in classroom instruction. We are very pleased with these results, and look forward to another book sale at Redding’s in 2020.

The Friends bookstore at the Gettysburg Library is our largest fundraising activity and is open the year round.  Managed by Ellen Smith and staffed by volunteers, you can find gently used books across a wide spectrum of topics and categories, at affordable prices.  The store raises $28,000 annually for the library. With the holidays coming up, it’s a great place to shop for that favorite book lover!

Our newest fundraising endeavor is our Friends store on Amazon. Since January 2019, we have raised over $2,000, and we hope to raise another $1,000 before year-end.  We believe that selling books through the Amazon store will be a growing source of fundraising revenue for the library.

Since 2018, we have successfully sponsored other activities to raise donations, such as teas and author talks, and we plan to continue and grow the sponsorship of these types of fundraising events moving forward.

This year the Friends will celebrate our 60th anniversary at our annual meeting at the Harbaugh-Thomas library in Biglerville on November 12, 2019 starting at 9am. Our guest speaker will be Chris Herbert of the Rock Top Bookshop and Book Bindery of Cashtown. He will speak about collectible books – how to select them, how to value them, and how to preserve them.  

In closing, thank you for supporting the Friends and the Adams County Library System. Your support ensures that our libraries continue to serve as important resources in our communities.

Submitted by James Gardner, President, Adams County Friends of the Library