#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday (today!), Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on December 1st and continue the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back. This year, our local focus is the New Oxford Library, the “Littlest Library That Could.”
We’re happy that library patrons go to the New Oxford Library to read, research, access digital resources on our cloudLibrary, stream music, and simply check their emails. After all, we offer fast internet access and free public computers! Cozy and quaint are two words that describe the New Oxford Library, but we have bulky, outdated furniture that doesn’t allow for social distancing, flexible space, or easy sanitation. So for 2020, the Adams County Library System’s #GivingTuesday Goal is to raise $3,260 to purchase flexible furniture for the New Oxford Library. Can you help us? We think you can! Our patrons deserve the best and we’re inviting you to donate so that furniture can be purchased that better fits the space. Please help the ACLS by donating $35 for #GivingTuesday. You can send a check (made payable to ACLS), donate at one of our library locations, call Vicki at 717.334.0163 to make a credit card payment, or pay through our secure website by clicking the Donate Now button at adamslibrary.org. Thank you for investing in lifelong learning!
You can find a lot of information on the internet quickly if you put a # (hash tag) in front of it. For example, I just put #thankyou in Google search and there are 2,790,000,000 (that’s billion!) hits. That’s a lot of gratitude! In Instagram, #thankyou has been tagged 39.4 million times on photos since its launch on October 6, 2010. Impressive! In an extraordinarily difficult year, it’s been challenging for most of us to greet new protocols gratefully. My heart hurts over the loss of things what we took for granted in 2019, especially the hugs of friends and family. My heart is broken for lives lost to COVID-19, which for me began in April with the death of a friend. So #thankyou to those working each and every day to keep our county safe. Library staff members at each of the 6 library branches are working to offer you safe places to keep learning; #thankyou, wonderful colleagues! So many local residents responded to our Matching Gift campaign to raise funds for digital resources, because now Adams County reads more eBook and eAudiobooks: #thankyou, donors! And a huge #thankyou to the Adams County Community Foundation and Robert C. Hoffman Charitable Endowment Trust for sustaining us through grants during a very difficult time!
For each of our volunteers including the amazing group of leaders on our Board of Trustees: Karen Arthur, Kara Boehne-Miele, Mary Sue Cline, Genevieve Felty, Richard Gawthrop, Heidi Gillis, John Kiehl, Don Marritz, Dorothy Puhl, Rita Rice, and Ray Schwartz: #thankyou! And in a year where we had to postpone our biggest fundraiser and move to virtual programs, I must express my gratitude to the women who helped to bring New York Times bestselling authors Jamie Ford, Amanda Eyre Ward and Christina Baker Kline to Adams County digitally: Karen Burns, Heidi Gillis, Sharon Graff, and Pat Thorsen: #thankyou!

Submitted by Dawn Smith, Development Officer