I know that I’m not alone when I say that I cannot believe that October is halfway over. It feels like I have been rushed into what I consider to be a busy season filled with holidays and gatherings. But, I always look forward to this time of year. It is my practice to begin and end my day thinking about what I am grateful for in my life and I’m sure that many of you reading this do the same thing. It certainly centers me and helps me gain perspective when life is hectic.
As we move into November and Christmas, there is a noticeable shift into a season of all-encompassing gratitude and giving within the community. I love being a part of this time of year!
It’s also the time of year that the Adams County Library System is asking you to “Be a Dear” and donate. If you haven’t visited one of our six branch locations at this time of year, you haven’t had an opportunity to see that they are decorated with our “Be a Dear” cards and the display of art of many who have colored the deer on the front of the card.
This year we are asking for donations to support a variety of things. We have a new “Seed Library” in the Gettysburg Branch. You are able to check out seeds to plant in your garden or plants in your home. A donation of $20 will help us continue with this new venture. We are also asking for donations of $35 to expand access to our Library by Mail program that enables us to send books to homebound residents. Our eBooks and eAudiobooks collections are very popular, and a donation of $50 will go toward adding new titles. You will find that the programs our branches put together are plentiful and go beyond our story times and book clubs. If you are interested in supporting new and engaging programs for all ages we would truly appreciate a donation of $100. You do not have to donate a specific amount because the Adams County Library relies on donations in order to meet our budget each year. The support the library receives from the community of Adams County is essential as we continue to work toward improving literacy rates and bringing our community together.
With your continued support throughout the year, we are able to provide a variety of engaging and enriching programs for all ages. Your donations also allow us to continue to provide early literacy programs so that our youngest residents enter school ready to learn, book clubs to engage curious library users of all ages in reading and learning, and explore interests and ideas via presentations on many subjects.
Will you be a dear this year? You will find our “Be a Dear” cards in every branch. I hope you will come in, donate, and color your deer to be displayed for all to see! If you would prefer to donate online, please visit https://www.adamslibrary.org/support-library.
Erica Duffy is the ACLS Development Director. Please contact her for more information at EricaD@adamslibrary.org or 717-809-9190.