Ordering New Library Materials Takes A Village

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By Brandt Ensor, Assistant Executive Director, Adams County Library System In our budget year 2022, the Adams County Library System is scheduled to spend $165,711 on new materials of all types for the six branches of the Adams County Library System. This number also includes e-books and e-audiobooks for our Cloud Library electronic platform. I

Adams County Reads One Book Programs Announced

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by Jessica Laganosky, Branch Director, Trone Memorial Library Get ready to join the celebration with the Adams County Library System in October as each Adams County Library hosts programs and discussions featuring this year’s Adams County Reads One Book selection, “Leave Only Footprints” by Conor Knighton! If you have not had an opportunity to read

Library Funding 101

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By Jeff Cann, ACLS Finance Director As the Adams County Library System’s Finance Director, I frequently hear about a common misconception: “What do you even do? Aren’t the library’s finances managed by the County Controller’s office?” Well, no. Library workers aren’t Adams County employees. We’re a nonprofit, just like United Way or the Red Cross.

Not your Grandma’s Library

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By Sherrie DeMartino, Branch Manager of the Carroll Valley Library Being one of the old-timers with the library system, I have seen a lot of changes over the course of my library career. Believe it or not, when I first started in 1995, the library was not even computerized. Library cards were made of paper

Horses, Libraries and Me

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Some of my earliest memories center around books and horses.  I was obsessed with horses from kindergarten.  A lovely brown horse lived in a big pasture about a half mile down the lane behind our house.  I used to walk there, pick grass from outside the pasture fence, and call Folly to come.  While she was

Fall Fun at the Library

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By Robyn Woods, Youth Services Coordinator With days getting cooler and summer coming to a close there is still fun to be had at the library. Being a children’s librarian means that my summer was jam-packed with planning and putting out programs to keep kids engaged. As educational fun is a year-round activity, I am

Adult program happenings this Fall at the library

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By Jessica Laganosky, Branch Director, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin As I write this, the beginning of September is three weeks away. This means great anticipation for the programs and events taking place this fall at each library location. The 3-month fall event calendar is in the final preparation stages, so soon

Volunteers at the Libraries

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By Sara Edmiston, Public Services Director There are many benefits for those who decide to volunteer for an organization in their community. Yes, it allows them to give back and forge a connection to the community in which they live, but the act of volunteering can also be beneficial on a more personal level. It

East Berlin Library bustles with activity

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By Molly Griffith Most people I’ve met seem to think that libraries are calm and peaceful places, full of hushed whispers and gently turning pages. That’s the comment I get most when people learn I work at the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin, but from my experience, that image is very rarely

Library System Tech Needs for the Future

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by Ryan Huffman, Library Computer Systems Director Technology can be unpredictable–not only in the way it works (or doesn’t) but in where it is headed. Fortunately for me, the library system is focused on providing basic technology needs to patrons before investing in the latest and greatest gadgets, so we don’t necessarily need to be

New Oxford Library: Small but mighty

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By Bryn Jarusewski Have you ever visited the New Oxford Library? If not, please stop by to visit our tiny but mighty branch of the Adams County Library System. Since New Oxford is much smaller than many of the other satellite branches, do you ever wonder how we receive, process, and distribute our materials? Our

Some thoughts about money

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By Jeff Cann, ACLS Finance Director When I moved to Gettysburg in 2005, the Gettysburg branch of the Adams County Library System was an unexpected treat. My neighborhood library branch in my prior city was a dismal place, dark, cramped and understaffed. Like most of my neighbors, I used the airy Barnes & Noble located

New Electronic Resources Coming to ACLS

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by Brandt A. Ensor, Assistant Executive Director, Adams County Library System One of the questions I receive often is what does the Gettysburg Library do for the other branches of the Adams County Library System? Why is this one library building in the county seat so important to people living in Gardners, Abbottstown, or McKnightstown?

The Greatest Job in the County 

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Robyn Woods, Youth Services Librarian  Readers of all ages it is my pleasure to introduce myself and tell you a little bit about having one of the greatest jobs in the county. My name is Robyn Woods and I am the Youth Services Librarian at the Adams County Library System. My smallest friends know me as “Miss.

Behind the scenes at the Harbaugh-Thomas Library

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By Barbara Buckley, Branch Manager of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library The Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville has been serving Adams County since 2007. It is a lovely place to work. Bountiful windows let in the sunlight and provide a front row seat to the ever-changing panorama of weather. In my 8 years as the Branch Manager I’ve

April 3-6 is National Library Week

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By Laura Goss, Adams County Library System Executive Director April 3 – 6 is National Library Week, and the Adams County Library System (ACLS) invites and encourages all community members to connect with your library! Visit your library in person or online to explore and access services and programs. The ACLS has six branches located

Funfest 2022 and more from the library

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Hello, from the Adams County Library System! My name is Erica Duffy and my role in this organization is Development Director. Officially, I’ve been hired to raise funds through donations, sponsors and grants for the 6 library branches in Adams County. These funds are used for short-term and long-term needs to support Adams County Library

Behind the scenes at the Adams County Library: Technical Services


by Annette DeFuso, Technical Services Director I’ve been managing Technical Services for the last fourteen years. It’s a centralized department located in the Gettysburg branch that provides acquisitions, cataloging, and processing of new items for all six of our branches. When most people think of librarians, they usually only think of the people they see–