Friends of Trone Memorial Library spring into change

By Stephanie Trout

Spring is on the horizon, bringing with it thoughts of new beginnings. Mother Nature will start to make her grand entrance as flowers push through the dirt, robins sing, and trees blossom. The days will start to get longer, and the temperature will begin to rise. Many people will shake off the winter blues and start planning for the longer daylight hours. Spring cleaning, outside activities, and travel all come to mind. The Friends of the Trone Memorial Library embraced the warmer temperatures of winter and were struck with spring fever a little early this year.

Established in 2021, the Friends of the Trone Memorial Library is an organization dedicated to encouraging membership, supporting the improvement of library services, and raising awareness of the programs and services provided by the library. The Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library is in East Berlin, PA and while the Friends focus fundraising and community outreach efforts on this location, we also help raise awareness of the entire Adams County Library System (ACLS).

The ACLS includes 6 locations: Biglerville, Carroll Valley, East Berlin, Gettysburg, Littlestown, and New Oxford. If you haven’t stopped by your local branch recently, you are missing out! I must admit that before joining the Friends in January of this year, it had probably been a decade since I borrowed a library book. While I frequented book sales, my visits to the library decreased year by year as my kids got older and extracurricular activities started to consume our time. When I joined the Friends this year and started to research the library, I was blown away by the offerings. The library still has wonderful stacks of neatly organized traditional print books (my favorite), but that’s just the beginning! With your library card, you also have access to an app that allows you to borrow thousands of audiobooks and e-books. Don’t have a computer at home? Stop by the library to use their computers. Looking for a fun, family-oriented activity? The library has an abundance of programs for people of all ages. The possibilities are endless!

The Friends of Trone Memorial Library kicked off 2023 by going through some significant transformations. Our spring fever took hold in the warm days of February, and our bookstore got a complete overhaul. Thanks to the efforts of a wonderful volunteer group, our stacks are completely organized and ready for you to come shop. We have thousands of books, including general fiction, young adult, children’s, and non-fiction. As you walk through the bookstore, you will also find CDs, DVDs, and a variety of tchotchkes, all waiting to find a good home. Are you worried that you already have too many books at home and can’t possibly squeeze in anymore? We have a solution for that too! Donations of gently used books are accepted at the library’s information desk during normal business hours. Your old books can be given a new life in our bookstore.

In addition to our bookstore, the Friends of the Trone Memorial Library is experiencing new beginnings. We are currently seeking board members and committee chairs. Do you have a love for books and a passion for giving back to the community? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity with a great group of people? We would love to have you join us!

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As spring starts to unfold, we hope that your local library will be part of your new beginnings or remain one of your favorite places. While you are visiting the Trone Memorial Library, be sure to stop by the bookstore on the first floor. For current hours of operation, visit us on Facebook:

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