I don’t know about you, but I’ve done more reading in the past six weeks than during the past six years. Thanks to the collections available through Adams County Library System, I’ve got an eBook and an eAudiobook in progress, and, inspired by the World War II series, World on Fire, now airing on PBS, I’m rereading a hard copy from my home library of Winds of War by Herman Wouk. In the past, I was one of those readers who had to focus on one book at a time. However, during this time of home confinement, I realized that keeping several books going at the same time isn’t all that different from how we used to watch TV.  Unlike the current practice of streaming and binging, we had to wait a week – sometimes longer – to see the next episode of our favorite program. Somehow, we kept all those plot lines straight and so it is for me now and my multiple reads.
Even though I’m grateful for the excellent electronic resources the library has to offer, I have to say, I really miss going to my local library branch, perusing through the books in the stacks, looking through the DVD collection, popping into the Friends store to see what’s new, and interacting with the friendly and helpful library staff.
Speaking of the library staff, you may wonder what they’ve been doing since the library closed its doors in March. Those of you who receive the e-newsletter, e-blasts and visit the library on social media know they’ve been busy. Your librarians are providing genealogical resources, guides for traveling the world from your armchair, ideas for making working from home more efficient, family fun activities, and story times on Zoom. They are doing an amazing job.
In looking ahead to getting back to more normal activities, library administration and the board of trustees are also adapting and planning for re-opening the library branches. The Office of Commonwealth Libraries is awaiting final approval of its Framework for Reopening Libraries. Accordingly, here in Adams County we need to draft local reopening plans that will keep both library staff and patrons safe.
In the meantime, planning continues for delivering interesting and meaningful programs and services. Due to the uncertainty of scheduling special events even into the fall, we made the difficult decision to postpone our largest annual fundraiser. Happily, An Evening with Alafair Burke, New York Times Bestselling Author of 18 books including The Better Sister, and the fifth installment of a series with Mary Higgins Clark, You Don’t Own Me, has been rescheduled from September 20, 2020 to Friday, September 17, 2021. Tickets already purchased can be transferred or refunded.
In the meantime, Jamie Ford, New York Times Bestselling Author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Songs of Willow Frost, and Love and Other Consolation Prizes, will connect via Zoom for a conversation about his latest book and other updates since his visit to Gettysburg last September. An Evening with Jamie Ford: The Virtual Sequel, will occur on Friday, June 5 at 6:30 P.M. Eastern Standard Time. Tickets are $25/household and can be purchased at www.adamslibrary.org or by mailing a check to be received no later than Monday, June 1, made payable to the Adams County Library System (please see the library website for details). Mr. Ford was a huge hit as the visiting author for the library’s September 2019 fund raising gala.  I hope you’ll join us in supporting your library for this unique event.

Submitted by Dorothy Puhl, President, Board of Trustees, Adams County Library System