Drop Everything and Read

     Sunday, April 12th is National D.E.A.R. day.  D.E.A.R. stands for Drop Everything and Read.  This event was created as a special celebration to remind and encourage families to make reading together on a daily basis a priority activity in their lives.   D.E.A.R. programs are held nationwide on April 12th in honor of the birthday of one of America’s most popular children’s author, Beverly Cleary, who will be 104 this year.  Ms. Cleary’s own children participated in D.E.A.R. at school and enjoyed it so much that she included it in one of her children’s books, Ramona Quimby, Age 8.  Many D.E.A.R. resources and activities feature Ramona, as she has now become the program spokesperson for this day.
    On April 12th, families are encouraged to take at least 30 minutes out of their busy schedules, put aside all distractions, and read together.  Some suggested activities are having a family read aloud, journaling, retelling stories, or just reading alone.  The goal of the program is to show families how easy and fun reading can be and to make reading together part of their daily routines.  Over the years, this idea has really started to catch on!  What started out as a one day event has now become a month-long celebration of reading with classrooms and communities celebrating the entire month of April.  What better time to inspire a lifelong love of reading!
    As you probably know, in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, the Office of Commonwealth Libraries has closed all Pennsylvania public libraries until further notice.  Check out our website, www.adamslibrary.org, for updates.  This is a great time to explore the Adams County Library System’s digital branch!  Our cloudLibrary app has a great selection of ebooks and eaudiobooks to read or listen to,     you can stream or download music using our Freegal Music database, and you can read your favorite magazines on your computer or mobile device using Flipster.  All of this can be accessed from our website by using your library card.  If you don’t have a card, you can apply for one online and your new barcode will be emailed to you, with a physical card to be mailed at a later date.
     The Carroll Valley Library is located at 5685 Fairfield Road.  Our phone number is 717-642-6009.  Normally, our hours of operation are:  Monday and Thursday 2:00pm – 8:00pm; Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00am – 5:00pm; and Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm.  Hopefully we’ll see everyone soon.  Until then, take care of each other, stay healthy, and keep reading! 

Sherrie DeMartino, Branch Manager, Carroll Valley Library