Have you had an opportunity to read this year’s Adams County Reads One Book, “The Woman Who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone? If you have not, there is still time. Stop by, call, or visit the Adams County Library System website to place a hold on a copy.
I am delighted to announce the programming set to take place this October. Due to COVID-19, programs will take place virtually this year. While we are saddened we cannot interact with everyone in person, we hope you will be able to join us by a virtual platform. For those who do not have computer access available, you can connect by telephone; you may not see what is taking place, but you can join the program and the discussion via the telephone.

Please note that all programs and book discussions do require registration. Contact your local Adams County Library to register, or visit www.adamslibrary.org and click on Events to register online. A link to the Zoom meeting for each event and discussion will be sent to participants prior to the program date.

We are extremely thrilled to announce that Jason Fagone will present “Poet, Codebreaker, Nazi Hunter: The Puzzle-Solving Adventures of Elizebeth Smith Friedman” on Tuesday, October 20th at 6:30pm, hosted by the Gettysburg Library. This is a unique opportunity to engage with this year’s One Book author.

Other Gettysburg Library hosted programs feature two presenters knowledgeable on topics from the book. On Thursday, October 1st at 6:30pm, Melissa Davis, Director of the Library and Archives of the George C Marshall Foundation at George C Marshall University, will discuss Elizebeth Friedman’s papers, how these papers were obtained by the Foundation, and what efforts are being made to obtain pieces missing from the collection. Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center Executive Director Pete Miele will discuss Civil War Codes and Ciphers on Tuesday, October 13th, at 6:30pm. Miele’s program regarding 19th century addiction was a very popular program last year; you will not want to miss this program.
Join the Littlestown Library from October 4th-10th with Shakespeare Code-sters. Elizebeth Friedman spent time in her career deciphering alleged codes in William Shakespeare’s works. Make your own code with Shakespeare’s works with a kit! Contact the Littlestown Library for more information.

Harbaugh~Thomas Library in Biglerville will host on Thursday, October 8th at 6:30pm “Adams County’s Equal Suffrage Movement.” Presented by Jane Malone, this program will look at efforts made by Adams County women to gain the right to vote.
If you like escape rooms, New Oxford Library will host a virtual escape room, inspired by the One Book. Enjoy the fun and excitement of an escape room experience from the comfort of your home. Contact the library for more information.

There are plenty of book discussions taking place as well. Feel free to register for one or all discussions, as staff around the county discusses the book: New Oxford Library, Thursday, October 8th at 10am; Harbaugh~Thomas Library, Thursday, October 15th at 6:30pm; Gettysburg Library, Friday, October 16th at 10am; Carroll Valley Library, Monday, October 19th at 7pm; Littlestown Library, Thursday, October 22nd at 6pm; and Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin, Tuesday, October 27th at 7pm.

We hope to see you virtually at one of our exciting events!

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Public Services Librarian