Adult Summer Activities at the Library

Though this summer’s activities may look a bit different at the Adams County Library System, there are plenty of opportunities to Imagine Your Story, this year’s theme for the library system’s Summer Quest program. As in the past, this year’s activities are not just for kids and young adults – adults can have fun too! Take a look at these activities taking place this summer.
Much like the Summer Quest reading challenge for kids and young adults, adults have their own reading challenge through Beanstack. Beginning Saturday, May 30, adults can sign up and begin recording books read through the link on the Adams County Library System’s website, . Between May 30 and Sunday, August 9, record reading five books and be entered for a chance to win a bag of bookish goodies. Read twenty books during this time and receive a second chance to win. The bag of bookish goodies includes a bag of books, including a set of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series; one pass for the Cupola Tour, courtesy of the Seminary Ridge Museum; and an opportunity for the prize recipient’s name to appear on a name plate in a September 2020 published book. Books and audiobooks, adult and young adult titles, can be used for this challenge. 
In conjunction with Summer Quest, the Adams County Library System’s celebration of its 75th anniversary continues on Beanstack with a Staff Recommendation Book Challenge. The staff of the library system recommended 150 titles, ranging in all genres and all age levels. Take the challenge and see how many you can read between now and December 31st. More information on the challenge can be found on the library system’s website and social media.
This year, the library system will host a Writing Contest for Adults. Use this year’s theme of fairy tales, folklore, and mythology to write an original story. The full details of the contest will be unveiled on Saturday, May 30. 
The staff are busily working on virtual programming for adults this summer. Look for announcements on the library system’s website and on social media as details become available. In the meantime, here are a few programs currently taking place to explore:
On Tuesdays from 4pm-5pm, join those seeking a quiet hour to read with others with the Virtual Reading Happy Hour. Via an online connection, spend an hour silently reading with others in the community and have an opportunity to discuss what you read after the hour. The discussion after the reading is completely optional, and participants have described a sense of peace and a great break from current worries and stress during this time. Registration is required; visit the Events Calendar on the Adams County Library System website to register. A link to the online platform used will be emailed the day prior to the meeting time.
The Gettysburg Library’s Mystery Book Discussion will begin meeting online Monday, June 15th at 2pm. For June, the group is reading A.A. Milne’s The Red House Mystery. Registration is required; visit the Events Calendar on the Adams County Library System website to register. A link to the online platform used will be emailed the Friday prior to the meeting.

Stay healthy and stay safe!

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Public Services Librarian