Winter Reading Challenge Wrap Up

Did you have an opportunity to participate in this year’s Winter Reading Challenge at the Adams County Library System? In its second year, the Winter Reading Challenge encourages adult readers to read at least five books during the first six weeks of the year. With an opportunity to win a grand prize full of bookish goodies and a special pass for a Cupola Tour at the Seminary Ridge Museum, not to mention a fun activity to do during the colder weather season, the Winter Reading Challenge offers a lot of fun and benefits.

Much like last year, this year’s challenge garnered much interest throughout the county and much enthusiastic participation. Thanks to the generosity of the Seminary Ridge Museum, an extra pass for a Cupola Tour was provided for the challenge, so two participants received prizes. Lauren B and Natasha H, both patrons of the Harbaugh~Thomas Library in Biglerville, were the grand prize and runner up prize winners. A few fun statistics of note: nearly fifty-seven percent of participants completed the challenge. Eighty-two percent of participants read and recorded at least one book in the challenge. A particularly favorite statistic indicates that five-hundred ninety-five books were recorded as read by participants. That’s a lot of reading!

Personally, I like challenges like these, as it introduces me to new favorite authors and books. A new favorite I read during this challenge is Maybe You Should to Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb. Gottlieb, a psychotherapist, recounts her experience as a therapist and as a patient. It’s funny and heartbreaking, touching and very moving. Have a tissue box at the ready with this one! But, it is also a book of hope for anyone struggling with tough times. This title is currently available in print form and in e-book form through the Adams County Library System.

Look for information in the coming months for the Adult Summer Learning Program, coinciding with the library system’s Summer Learning Program for kids and teens. Prize opportunities, along with programming throughout the county, will be announced soon!

Besides reading challenges, the library system offers other ways for patrons to read books with community members. Take a look at the Event calendar on the Adams County Library System website ( for a listing of book discussion groups that meet at each library location. In Gettysburg, a growing number of community members are involved in the Historical Fiction and Mystery book discussion groups. The Historical Fiction group, which meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 1pm, reads books set in different historical time periods. The Mystery discussion meets the 3rd Thursday or every month at 2pm and focuses on mysteries and thrillers from every part of the world. Registration is not required to attend either discussion; book lists and copies of the upcoming discussions are available at the Gettysburg Library.

And, remember the Adams County Library System is celebrating 75 years of service this year! Visit each library location for a list of recommended book titles and movies/TV shows from the staff, in commemoration of our years of connecting patrons to the right book or movie.

Happy Reading!

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Public Services Librarian