2020 has been a year of reinvention in the way we provide programs and services at the Adams County Library System. As this year passed, programs for all ages were transformed into virtual events.  
In April, the Library System moved from in-person to virtual library services.  It is amazing how quickly the staff was able to provide creative and quality storytimes, book clubs and presentations using their phones and tablets.  Our many talented staff members as well as many volunteer and professional presenters were also willing to become YouTube movie stars!  https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbhpcYYak9MQExzIWamDqUw
The Summer Quest carried on with virtual programs.  Our staff provided fun and stimulating programs for the whole family.  Many families invited Ryan the Bugman and Sciencetellers into their homes, listened to storytimes and played games with their favorite librarians.
     We were able to host two evenings with authors who had been featured at past Signature Events.  First, Jamie Ford visited and told us what he is writing, where he is spending his quarantine and a bit about himself! Next up, Christina Baker Kline and her friend Amanda Eyre Ward visited with entertaining conversation!  They talked about their lives and work as well as the differences and similarities in their writing.
     Adams County Reads One Book programs took us to the Library and Archives at George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Virginia to learn about Elizebeth Friedman’s collection, to San Francisco to learn more about Elizebeth Friedman’s life from The Woman Who Smashed Codes author Jason Fagone and put our codebreaking skills to work in a virtual "escape room".
     Many more Adams County residents began using the cloudLibrary to download ebooks, eaudiobooks, emagazines and listened to digitally streamed music.  As demand went up, the community stepped up to help the library purchase more resources.  A grant from the Adams County Community Foundation and a “matching” fundraising campaign made possible by a generous anonymous donor provided funding to increase our collection.
     Library to Go service helped us reopen our doors and is still an option for library users.  Just place items on hold using the online catalog or by calling a library.  Then, when you receive notice that your items are ready, call your branch and the staff will check out your items for you and have them ready to go!
Need help choosing items?  The library staff is ready to help you find read-alikes or new authors, fiction or non-fiction, audio, video or print materials that will suit your needs.  Just click on the WHAT SHOULD I READ NEXT? link on the ACLS webpage (www.adamslibrary.org) or call your favorite branch for assistance.  If you know a child or teen who would like a Surprise Story Stack, make a request for a personally selected bag of books!  Call the library or use the link found on the Children’s Department page (https://www.adamslibrary.org/surprise-story-stack).   
     All these services and more are available at all of the Adams County Libraries.  The System remains open for visits at this time although that may change as pandemic conditions change.  You are also encouraged to call or visit us virtually.
     Thank you to everyone who has used and supported the Adams County Library System as we have wound our way through a trying year.  We at the ACLS wish you the best for 2021!

Submitted by Laura Goss, Executive Director