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The YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County and the Adams County Library System are excited to announce our second annual Living Library experience! It takes place during the fourth week in April and is loosely based on the global Human Library® initiative. Join us for an opportunity to engage in conversations with human 'books,' where individuals share their unique life experiences and perspectives. New for 2024, sessions will be held at library branches throughout the county, offering both small group sessions and one-on-one interactions. 

Join us on Monday, April 22nd at 6:00PM for our kickoff event where you will be able to meet the books and sign up to check them out at a later time during the week.

REGISTER FOR THE KICK-OFF EVENT HERE

LOCATION: 3rd Floor of the Gettysburg Library

 

TO REGISTER FOR A SESSION

Register for a session here after viewing schedule below: https://www.adamslibrary.org/events/upcoming

 

schedule

Leon Reed

Peace Movement to Cold War to ESL teacher

The book starts with the 1967 March on the Pentagon and within 3 years takes us inside. Cold War chapters include one on work as a Senate aide, chasing down corrupt Pentagon officials and worrying about the Defense Production Act, defense preparedness and energy security and as a defense consultant, supervising work on, among other things, the continuity of gornmnt program and the Strategic Defense Initiative ("Star Wars."). One chapter compares US politics in the 1970s and 1980s, when elected officials came to Washington to do the public's business and when both Houses of Congress were functioning legislative bodies, with the corrosive politics of today. Another chapter discusses his experiences on 9/11, when he saw the plane that flew into the Pentagon and then got a glimpse of the future of ever-increasing defense budgets and permanent war in the Middle East. A last chapter discusses the transition to teaching English as a Second Language and the differing challenges and rewards of that job.

Dates/Times/Location

Tuesday, April 23

Leon Reed

12:00 PM

New Oxford

 

Leon Reed

12:45 PM

New Oxford

 

Leon Reed

1:30 PM

New Oxford

 

Thursday, April 25

Leon Reed

1:30 PM

Biglerville

Friday, April 26

Leon Reed

10:45 AM

Gettysburg

Leon Reed

11:30 AM

Gettysburg

Leon Reed

12:15 PM

Gettysburg

Saturday, April 27

Leon Reed

10:00 AM

Gettysburg

 

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Debra McCauslin

Little Apple Picker

I researched the burning of an African-American church near Biglerville and wrote a book about it called Yellow Hill. I picked fruit there as a child on my grandfather’s farm and found many secrets in the hills. I discovered the Underground Railroad in Adams County and created a tour company while working full-time. I started a business and did speeches all over the New England states. I’m a community activist and supporter and I have served on many boards and committees starting events that are held annually in Gettysburg. I did a film on Adams County’s history. I aid others by giving sources for doctorate research. I nominated several sites to the NPS National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. 

All the while, I was undergoing horrific narcissistic abuse. From a failed 38 year marriage, I have emerged after five years of trauma survival mostly during the isolation of the pandemic . 

I’m feeling my joy again, but my message is to alert others to narcissists and to see the signs so others don’t get trapped like I did for nearly 4 decades only to be the subject of a smear campaign where lost so many precious family members who believed his lies. It’s a story of love and work and abuse and forgiveness and healing.

Dates/Times/Location

Tuesday, April 23

Debra McCauslin

2:00 PM

Littlestown

 

Wednesday, April 24

Debra McCauslin

3:30 PM

Biglerville

Debra McCauslin

4:15 PM

Biglerville

Debra McCauslin

5:00 PM

Biglerville

Friday, April 26

Debra McCauslin

2:00 PM

Gettysburg**

Debra McCauslin

3:00 PM

Gettysburg

**indicates Small Group Presentation


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Erica Duffy

Living with Bipolar Disorder

Erica will share a deeply personal journey through being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and then living with that diagnosis. She will share not only personal challenges, but also the positive changes she has been able to make for herself and others. Please note that the topic of suicide may be included in the discussion and mental health resources will be available if needed.

Dates/Times/Location

Tuesday, April 23

Erica Duffy

10:00 AM

Gettysburg

Erica Duffy

10:45 AM

Gettysburg

Thursday, April 25

Erica Duffy

2:00 PM

Gettysburg

Friday, April 26

Erica Duffy

12:00 PM

East Berlin

 

Erica Duffy

12:45 PM

East Berlin

 

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Wendy Allen

Lincoln into Art

Through the use of Abraham Lincoln's iconic face in my artwork, I explore the concept of history within the perspective , composition, color, and texture. I paint the collision of compassion and courage, sacrifice and determination.

Dates/Times/Location

April 23 – April 26 11:00 am Gettysburg

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Kathy Gelner

Life in the Foreign Service

I was a spouse of a US Foreign Service Officer for 15 years and then joined myself for the next 21 years. Spending about half of the time overseas, we lived in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Austria, Bulgaria, and Germany. Most of the time I was a consular officer providing services to Americans living or traveling overseas.

Dates/Times/Locations

Thursday, April 25

Kathy Gelner

10:00 AM

Gettysburg

Kathy Gelner

10:45 AM

Gettysburg

Friday, April 26

Kathy Gelner

1:00 PM

Gettysburg

Kathy Gelner

1:45 PM

Gettysburg

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Carla Christopher

One Stop Diversity Shop

Intersex, lesbian, Black-Spanish-Romani-Jewish, living with disability...who also happens to be an ELCA Lutheran pastor

Dates/Times/Locations

Wednesday, April 24

Carla Christopher

5:00 PM

Gettysburg

Carla Christopher

5:45 PM

Gettysburg

Carla Christopher

6:30 PM

Gettysburg

Thursday, April 25

Carla Christopher

1:30 PM

Littlestown

Carla Christopher

2:15 PM

Littlestown

Carla Christopher

3:00 PM

Littlestown

     


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Rita Frealing

Growing in Gettysburg

Growing up in Gettysburg

Dates/Times/Location

Wednesday, April 24

Rita Frealing

11:00 AM

Gettysburg

Rita Frealing

11:45 AM

Gettysburg

Thursday, April 25

Rita Frealing

12:00 PM

Gettysburg

Rita Frealing

12:45 PM

Gettysburg

     


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Judy Leslie

My Eyes Were Opened

Leslie, who has been an advocate for migrant and refugee families, recounts the success story of two Burmese refugee families who learned English, gained employment, became Habitat for Humanity homeowners, and earned U.S. citizenship. As a member of the Gettysburg Refugee Resettlement Project, she will also share the stories of the two Afghan refugee families who recently settled in our community.

Dates/Times/Location

Tuesday, April 23

Judy Leslie

10:00 AM

Gettysburg

Judy Leslie

10:30 AM

Gettysburg

Wednesday, April 24

Judy Leslie

10:00 AM

Gettysburg

Judy Leslie

10:30 AM

Gettysburg


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James Witt

Weikerts Bakery, a local institution

Weikerts Bakery was a Littlestown  community fixture from 1926 to 1996. I'll describe how it evolved over the years and what operating it was like.

Tuesday, April 23

James Witt

11:00 AM

Gettysburg

James Witt

11:45 AM

Gettysburg

James Witt

12:30 PM

Gettysburg

Wednesday, April 24

James Witt

12:00 PM

Gettysburg

James Witt

12:45 PM

Gettysburg



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Marietta Witt

I've Been Here Forever

I'm 81 and have lived in Littlestown my whole life, but more than that, my family has been here - mostly in the Littlestown area - since 1753.  Nancy Lilly thinks that's interesting.  Maybe other people would think so, too.

Tuesday, April 23

Marietta Witt

11:00 AM

Gettysburg

Marietta Witt

11:45 AM

Gettysburg

Marietta Witt

12:30 PM

Gettysburg

Wednesday, April 24

Marietta Witt

12:00 PM

Gettysburg

Marietta Witt

12:45 PM

Gettysburg

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Jeff Colvin

Following Oppenheimer

This “book” recounts some stories along the way to a life in science and nuclear weapons policy. Little did the book know at the time it was a graduate student studying quantum physics with a professor who had himself learned quantum physics from Oppenheimer that it would be following Oppenheimer to Los Alamos, where it worked with veterans of the Manhattan Project and, again following Oppenheimer, got involved in efforts in arms control.  

Wednesday, April 24

Jeff Colvin

6:00 PM

Gettysburg

Small Group

Thursday, April 25

Jeff Colvin

5:00 PM

Gettysburg

Jeff Colvin

5:45 PM

Gettysburg

Jeff Colvin

6:30 PM

Gettysburg

Friday, April 26

     

Jeff Colvin

10:45 AM

Gettysburg

Jeff Colvin

11:30 AM

Gettysburg

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Judy Young

Becoming a Better Ancestor--how I learned to love the American hemisphere, and the Earth

In the foreign service, learning Spanish lead me to a broader understanding of “America,” a word that covers both north and south in this hemisphere.  I loved and learned from raising kids, and from serving as a pastor.  As a retiree in Gettysburg, I’m learning a broader definition of being a citizen of the planet.  To go beyond worry about the world we will leave to our descendants, I want to improve things now, and become a better ancestor.   As a “Living Book” I’d like to share some of the biography that led me here, and some of what I want to do to improve.

Tuesday, April 23

Judy Young

12:00 PM

Littlestown

Judy Young

12:45 PM

Littlestown

Judy Young

1:30 PM

Littlestown

Wednesday, April 24

Judy Young

3:00 PM

Gettysburg****

Judy Young

4:00 PM

Gettysburg

****means small group presentation