Libraries are for everyone!

     Libraries are truly for everyone! No longer simply a repository for books (though don’t worry, we still have LOTS of books), libraries are places of community, where people come together to learn, socialize, and have fun. And yes, to find books. Whether you’re interested in history, gardening, crafting, trivia, or technology, the libraries of Adams County have something for you.
     According to Punxsutawney Phil, spring is just around the corner, and nothing says spring like baseball! On March 26, MLB opening day, Gettysburg will host Ted Knorr, an historian of Negro League Baseball and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), who will discuss the history of the Negro Leagues. Attendees will have a chance to win a Negro League Homestead Grays Heritage Jersey!
     If nature is more your thing, head to Harbaugh-Thomas on March 26 for an introductory session on growing everlastings in containers. Or hop over to Carroll Valley on April 23, where they’ll be hosting a lecture on bees and their importance to the environment.
     Do you like to keep your hands busy with crafting? We have several opportunities across the county to construct and create with kindred spirits. On the fourth Monday of the month, New Oxford hosts Planners Unite, a place for planners to come and join others as they organize with stickers and washi tape. If you prefer creating cards, Trone Memorial hosts a monthly Crafty Cards program on the fourth Thursday of every month. Both Harbaugh-Thomas and Trone Memorial also offer programs for you to sit and knit (or crochet) with fellow crafters.
     Think you know everything about the Battle of Gettysburg? Come to Carroll Valley to hear from David Booz, professor of Civil War Era Studies at Gettysburg College, as he discusses the Battle of Gettysburg. Day one of the battle was discussed on February 13, and the series continues on March 12 with a discussion on day two of the battle, and concludes on April 9 with the third day of battle.
     Did you know that Adams County Library System offers many digital resources that are no cost to you; all you need is a library card! Bring your smartphone or tablet to New Oxford’s App Academy and get hands-on help in learning about some of our offerings. Cloud Library, our service for eBooks and eAudiobooks, will be covered on February 7, and Flipster, an app for digital magazines, on March 30.
     If you’re a fan of James Bond, join us at Littlestown on April 2 for some 007 trivia as we celebrate the release of the 25th James Bond movie, “No Time to Die.” Wear your black ties and cocktail dresses as you compete to become the ultimate in secret agent knowledge.
     And if you can’t get enough of books, we still offer numerous book discussion groups on various genres at every library branch across the county. We’re even offering a “Not a Book Club” at Littlestown beginning on March 5, for those who prefer less structure to their book club. Come in for a relaxing evening with fellow bibliophiles and enjoy coffee and tea while discussing books.
     Some programs do require pre-registration, so be sure to check online or call the library in advance.
     We’ll see you at the library!

Submitted by Jess Shelleman, Branch Manager, Littlestown Library