2015 Adams County Reads One Book – Nonfiction

And the 2015 Adams County Reads One Book – Nonfiction is….

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin by Erik Larson

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Larson tells the story of William E. Dodd, who accepts the US ambassadorship to Berlin and moves his family from Chicago to the German city in 1933. Dodd, a college professor and aspiring US history author, seems an unlikely choice as ambassador, living conservatively and refusing to abide by traditional practices of ostentatious soirees and gatherings. As Dodd copes with his new responsibilities, his spirited daughter Martha attends parties and society engagements and becomes entangled with some of the most powerful men in Hitler’s new German government. What at first seems like deep devotion by German countrymen to their new government begins to show troubling and disturbing realities to Dodd. Physical attacks increase on American citizens. Laws targeting segments of the German population start to shed light on Hitler’s true purposes in government. Dodd’s attempts to alert the US State Department about the growing terror and atrocities only elicit silence from the US Government. Meanwhile, Martha’s comradeship with various men in foreign governments leads her down a dangerous path that will change her life, and that of her family, forever.

Mango Languages

Want to learn a new language?  Mango is here for you!

Mango is free for all library patrons, and offers a fast and convenient solution for our community’s increasing language-learning needs. Each lesson combines real life situations and audio from native speakers with simple, clear instructions. The courses are presented with an appreciation for cultural nuance and real-world application that integrates components of vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar and culture. Users learn actual conversation, breaking down complex conversational elements within an audio-visual framework that allows the user to draw important connections between pieces of information they have already learned.

Tuesday, January 27th

The library system is on a 2-hour delay today.  The Gettysburg Library will open at 11AM.

Monday, January 26th

Due to the weather conditions, the Adams County Library System will remain closed today, Monday, January 26th.  Stay warm and safe!

Saturday, January 24th

The library system will be on a 2-hour delay Saturday morning.  The Gettysburg Library is planning to open at 11AM.

Wheels of Time II

Wheels of Time II: The Wheels Keep Turning books are now available to purchase online through Ebay and Amazon.com.For the same price as in the library, with the addition of shipping charges, you can have this quality book which celebrates East Berlin’s 250th Anniversary. We can send all over the United States, so buy one today for friends and family close or far! Get your copy today.

Here are the links directly to the ordering pages of both sites:



Copies are available to purchase in person at the East Berlin Community Library, the East Berlin Borough Hall, and the East Berlin Beverage Distributors!

Buy yours today and support the local community!


Beginning January 20th, the new schedule for two year-old storytime at Gettysburg will be Tuesday mornings @ 10:00 – no registration required.


Freegal Music  gives you access to hundreds of thousands of songs in the Sony Music catalog. You can download up to 5 songs a week for free with your library card (the weekly counter starts Sunday night at midnight). Songs are in DRM-free MP3 format.  You can also stream music through Freegal for three hours every day.

Freegal also has a mobile app:

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Holiday Hours

Friday, December 19th