New Website for the Library

Spring is just around the corner! I know the groundhog said we’d have 6 more weeks of winter, but that was almost 6 weeks ago!

Have you noticed the signs of spring already popping up? I noticed the spring flowers have already broken ground near the Gettysburg Library. I love spring and all of the newness it brings! It’s like fresh, new hope.

Speaking of fresh and new, have you seen our new website? Adamslibrary.org received a total makeover this winter, and I hope that if you haven’t already, you’ll drop by and check it out. While our old website was attractive, I think that a pretty face without a good personality doesn’t make for much of a date.

What I hope you’ll notice first about our new website is the ease with which you can find our materials, services, and events. You can search the catalog and the website itself from the main page. You can also use a simple drop down at the top of the screen to select your library and see the hours, address and phone number of that branch. Our menu structure has been simplified to make finding the services you use most often just a click or two away.

On the new site, events have also been given new prominence. Regardless of which page you visit, you’ll see pertinent upcoming events consistently displayed on the right side of your screen. The events on the branch, department and Friends’ group pages will focus primarily on events related to the page subject, but you’ll be able to click the View All Events button on any page to see them all in list or calendar form. You will also be able to register for many programs online right from the calendar. In addition to registration, a new option available is Room Reservations, which will allow outside groups to request online to use the libraries’ meeting rooms. Library and Friends’ group use will still have top priority for room use, but we have some great spaces for community meetings and events. 

You may have noticed the new digital signage that is being installed in our libraries across the county. Many of the same slides that are on the digital signs will scroll across your screen from the new website, as well. We hope this consistent look and feel will help you connect what you may have noticed on a library screen with more details through the connected slides on the website.
These are just a few of the new features of our new website. We hope that you will visit the site often and find it helpful in your use of Adams County Library System resources. The site is a work in progress, and we are very much interested in hearing your feedback and suggestions as we continue to develop it. If you’d like to share your thoughts, please drop by, give us a call, or use the Contact Us form on the site and send us a message. We love hearing from you.

Submitted by Karla Trout, Executive Director.