The Adams County Library continues to plan our ongoing reopening from the Covid 19 pandemic with the health of our patrons at staff in mind. In early June, all six branches of the Adams County Library began “Library To Go” service where patrons can put holds on materials on our online catalog via our website or call one of our branches to speak with a staff member who can help them put on holds. Once the holds have arrived, library staff will call you to set up an appointment to come pick them up! Our patrons seemed to love this service and we are very happy to see their friendly faces again (minus the part covered by their mask!).
    Recently, the library’s Board of Trustees approved for the library to move into phase two of our reopening plan beginning on Monday, July 6th. On that date, all branches of the library will be allowing our patrons to set up appointments to come inside to use the internet, print needed documents, as well as copy and faxing services. These services, like the “Library to Go”, will be appointment only and are limited to the number of people we can have at any one time. Please call your favorite local branch to set up a one-hour appointment to use the internet. All branches will have a reduced number of computer terminals available which will meet social distancing guidelines as well as being cleaned between appointments. Appointments will be available during usual library hours for each branch. Please call and schedule your appointments today. Copy and fax services will also return but are also by appointment only, so please call ahead. Regular charges for faxing, printing, and copying apply. Anyone inside the library building will be asked to wear a face mask for staff and patron protection. More information will be shared when it is available as we continue our plan to fully reopen. The library follows Office of Commonwealth Libraries and CDC guidance in how to plan to reopen the library.
    Need to get into the great outdoors? Get Outdoor (GO) Adams 2020 kicked off July 1st and will run through the end of August. This fantastic partnership between Wellspan Health and the library continues this year. Even though the library isn’t fully open, we have the booklets and rubbing sheets to hand out to you on our “Library to Go” tables. Only requirements are one book per family and one rubbing sheet per child. You must also be registered for Summer Quest as this year we will be using Beanstack to record your post rubbings and will not be collecting the physical papers at the end of the summer. Each post where you do your rubbings will have a four-digit number on it that you log into Beanstack for your “virtual” rubbing. Winners of the prizes at the end of the summer will be drawn via Beanstack so it is important to enter your rubbings! We hope you have a great and safe Summer. Enjoy all that Adams County hiking trails have to offer.

Brandt Ensor, Assistant Director, Adams County Library System.