As the seasons start to change and the cool temperatures are upon us, we will be thinking more and more about activities that can be done safely in the warmth of inside. Luckily, the six branches of the Adams County Library System provide a wonderful place to get out of the cold and warm up with comforting books, DVDs and magazines.  All libraries in the library system are fully open for unscheduled browsing and computer usage but no in-person programs are currently occurring.
    The Gettysburg Library has a wonderful thing happening in October this year.  Our Friends of the Adams County Library used book store on the 1st floor of the Gettysburg Library is reopening for regular hours. Volunteers who staff the bookstore are hard at work making sure it is ready for the big sale. All items in the store for the month of October will be 50% off the marked prices on the book. When the sale is over, the friends will replenish the titles available for sale moving forward so new items are always available in the store at any given time. Also new to the Bookstore after reopening is the ability to pay for items with a credit card. All purchases in the bookstore benefit the Friends of the Adams County Library System whose fundraising supports the library all year long.
    October is Adams County Reads One Book month. Many of you are currently enjoying the book “The Woman Who Smashed Codes” by Jason Fagone. There are a wide number of programs and book discussions on the book which will all be held virtually this year. Just a few of the programs to highlight include on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m. as Executive Director Pete Miele, Seminary Ridge Museum and Education Center will present on Civil War Codes and Ciphers. You can also join us virtually on Tuesday, October 20th, 2020 from 6:30pm - 7:30pm and Join the Adams County Library System's celebration of this year's Adams County Reads One Book, with an evening with the author, Jason Fagone. Fagone will discuss Elizebeth Friedman and answer questions from the audience. All of these special programs are provided virtually this year. Please register for the programs of your choice on our website at and a link to the program will be sent via email. The programs of Adams County Reads One Book are made possible through the generous support of James and Cathy Gardner as well as WellSpan Health.
    Finally, the Adams County Community Foundation’s Giving Spree is just around the corner after Election day in November. You can choose to donate to the Adams Country Library System (#13) and Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin (#88) by giving at the Adams County Community Foundation Giving Spree on November 5. Visit for more information. Thanks for the support and we hope to see you around the library soon!

Submitted by Brandt Ensor, Assistant Director