Before becoming the Branch Manager at Littlestown Library, I previously worked in a children’s library for nearly a decade, and I still enjoy working with our littlest patrons: presenting story times and creating children’s programming. This year has completely changed how we do programming, as we’re unable to gather as we have previously. Nevertheless, the libraries of Adams County are still offering lots of fun and educational programs for the kiddos, just a little bit differently.

Each week, you can find virtual story times from familiar and friendly faces. Mr. George from the Gettysburg Library and Miss Nicole (Jones), a speech language pathologist, come together each Tuesday for an All In(clusive) story time, a sensory story time for children ages 2 and up of all abilities. On Wednesdays, catch the premiere of the weekly Preschool story time, and on Thursdays, tune in for our Baby and Toddler story time. Each story time will be presented by one of your favorite story tellers from around the county and will premiere on the Youth Services Facebook page and added to the Adams County Library System YouTube channel, so you can watch it with your child at your convenience. In addition, every Friday morning, check out the Carroll Valley Facebook page for your weekly dose of dogs with Danny the K-Pet therapy dog and his owner Bonnie as they read a story. And coming soon, a brand new story time…Hora de Cuentos Bilingüe/Bilingual Story Time with Miss Bridgid will debut on October 19! After a short break, this story time will resume in November with regularly scheduled videos. 

Beginning in November, Cindie Kane will be presenting weekly “Explore Music and Rhythm” sessions on the Harbaugh-Thomas Facebook page. This is geared for infants up to five-year-olds, so get movin’ and groovin’ with your little ones.

The Gettysburg Library children’s book clubs have gone virtual! There are four different book clubs open to children from 1st – 8th grade. The book and meeting time will vary based on your child’s grade. Stop by or call the Children’s Room at Gettysburg to sign up or for more information. 717-334-5716 ext. 232.

If you want to get outside and enjoy the beautiful autumn weather, check out the story walks at Trone Memorial and Carroll Valley. Story Walks give you the opportunity to read a story on signs as you take a stroll outdoors. Currently, you can read “Creepy Pair of Underwear” by Aaron Reynolds at Carroll Valley and “Too Many Pumpkins” by Linda White at Trone Memorial.

On October 29, join the staff of New Oxford for a virtual Zoom Kahoot Disney Trivia competition! Trivia is open to those ages 8-18. The winner will receive a gift card to a local business. Registration is required, so make sure to sign up on the website calendar event page.

If you’re looking for something in addition to the virtual, we have you covered! Littlestown, Harbaugh-Thomas, and Carroll Valley are offering Take and Makes, a pre-packaged craft or STEM activity that you can do at home. Stop by or check out their Facebook pages to see what each library has available.

Make sure to keep an eye on our online calendar and Facebook pages for all of our upcoming programs.

Submitted by Jess Shelleman, Branch Manager of the Littlestown Library