ACLS Services Outside the Library

At Adams County Library System, our organization’s mission is to open gateways for exploration. We are able to do this by connecting people to opportunities which enrich their lives. At times, this requires taking library services and programs to locations beyond the walls of our six locations.

As a service to the Cross Keys Village community, I regularly perform Library Help Sessions onsite. These often consist of library card sign-up, Library-By-Mail sign-up, setup of laptops/tablets for use with digital library services, and tutorials on the library’s digital services. Registration for appointments is available in the lobby at Harmony Ridge.

The aforementioned Library-By-Mail program is available at no cost to any resident of Adams County who is temporarily or permanently handicapped, elderly, or ill and is unable to visit a library. You may borrow regular or large print books, audiobooks on CDs, and DVDs from the ACLS catalog. We will mail them to your residence and include a request form so that you may list titles or authors to be sent in the next shipment. Postage for delivery and return is prepaid, and the mailing label can be turned over and used as a postage-paid return label. Enrollment in this program can be done by speaking with your local library staff, visiting https://adamslibrary.org/services/library-mail, or calling 717-334-5716.

A program similar to our Library-by-Mail is available at no cost through the state’s Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Their services are available for our patrons who experience blindness, visual disability, or physical limitations which result in inability to use regular printed materials. Also eligible for this program are those who are prevented from reading conventionally due to reading disability. The book and magazine materials made available by this program are available in a “talking book” form, large print, Braille, and/or via “Playaway” device based on the patron’s needs and preferences. This program also makes available to its patrons DVDs with narration of the movie’s visual elements. For more information on this state-wide program, please speak with a librarian.

All six ACLS locations offer public storytimes for young children and their caregivers in-house, but we also offer on-location storytime visits to daycares and preschools. As these children become school-aged, we hope they will remember us as positive resources in their community. Youth services staff also enjoy performing periodic school visits and attending career fairs to discuss the work we do and what we offer at the library!

For more information on the library, we invite you to visit adamslibrary.org for countywide information. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Submitted by Emily Holland, Branch Manager, New Oxford Library