The days are turning colder and the holidays will soon be upon us.  The Adams County Library System has you covered if you’re looking for a program for inspiration, a good book to read or movie to watch to raise your holiday spirits.
Check out the displays on the first and second floors of the Gettysburg Library.  We have you covered with some great holiday titles like “The Mistletoe Secret” by Richard Paul Evans, “The Christmas Hope” by Donna VanLiere, and “A Seaside Christmas” by Sherryl Woods.  If you’re cooking this season and are in need of some recipes, check out our selection of cookbooks.  There’s certainly something that you’ll enjoy.

If eBooks are more your thing, you will find a “Holiday Books” shelf in the cloudLibrary when you next visit the app.  There are over 200 titles for you to enjoy, including the audiobook “A Dog’s Perfect Christmas” by W. Bruce Cameron.  Some of the eBooks that you’ll find are “Last Christmas in Paris” by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb, “Skipping Christmas” by John Grisham, and “Betty Crocker Christmas Cookies”.

On Tuesday, December 1st at 6:30pm via Zoom, the library is excited to host Master Gardeners Nina Miller and Noemi Halbrendt for History, Traditions, and Care of Holiday Greens and other Festive Plants.  Have you wondered how to care and keep your Poinsettia or Christmas cactus alive? Join the discussion and learn the history of the Poinsettia and how to care for and maintain your Poinsettia and Christmas Cactus well past the holiday season.  You will also learn how to make a wreath or swag from scratch using evergreens, branches of berries from your own yard.  Anyone interested can register for this free program via the library’s website,

Beginning at 6pm on Sunday, December 6th the library will be sharing a Chapter a Day read-aloud of “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King” by Prussian author E. T. A. Hoffman.  In this story, written in 1816, young Mary Stahlbaum’s favorite Christmas toy, the Nutcracker, comes to life and defeats the evil Mouse King.  The story is the basis for the famous ballet, “The Nutcracker” by Russian composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and choreographers Marius Petipa and Lev Ianov.  Library staff from around the county will be sharing a chapter each night until December 19.  The chapters will debut on the library’s YouTube Channel and Facebook page.

Two upcoming programs to keep an eye out for!
On Friday, December 18, Jess from the Littlestown Library and Emily from the New Oxford Library will be hosting a Holiday Movie Trivia competition via Zoom for Teens and Adults.  
Kids can celebrate the end of the year with the Littlestown Library’s Noon Year’s Eve!  This virtual countdown to the Noon Year will begin Thursday, December 31 at 11:30am.
Check out our website,, for more information on these and other programs!

Submitted by Sara Edmiston, Community Relations Librarian