First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week (NLW) is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and celebrated by libraries of all types across the country each April.   This year, NLW will be held April 4 through April 10 and the theme is "Welcome to Your Library."  The Adams County Library System’s mission is to open gateways for exploration.  Your libraries are open at full, pre-pandemic hours for in-person browsing, computer and wifi use and also, 24/7 via our virtual branch www.adamslibrary.org.  We welcome all in-person and virtual visitors!
     During National Library Week, the Adams County Library System encourages all community members to make a special effort to visit one of our 6 library branches or our website to explore and access our services and programs. In addition to the library materials, public access computers and free wifi available in the library buildings, the ACLS offers a wide array of online resources, such as virtual programs, ebooks and digital magazines, and the Adams County Library System YouTube page that are all available remotely.
     National Library Week is a time to highlight the essential role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. The theme, “Welcome to your library,” promotes the idea that libraries extend far beyond the four walls of a building and that everyone is welcome to use their services. Whether people visit virtually or in person, libraries are accessible and inclusive places that foster a sense of belonging and community through learning, discovery and exploration.
     During these challenging times, libraries of all types have been going above and beyond to adapt to our changing world by expanding their resources and continuing to meet the needs of their patrons. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing electronic learning resources like free wi-fi access for students and workers who may lack internet access at home. The Adams County Library System is supporting the community with virtual services such as an increased ebook and eaudio collection, digital storytimes, interactive book clubs, and interesting programs via Zoom, such as the recent “Betty Crocker and her Cookbook That Changed How America Cooks” or the upcoming “The Negro Leagues were Major League.”  If you have missed any of our programs, many are still available on the Adams County Library System YouTube channel.   The ACLS also continues Library to Go, our takeaway service for materials placed on reserve through the online catalog.
     Within National Library Week are some extra special days!  Tuesday, April 6 is National Library Workers Day, a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers.  Wednesday is #LibraryGivingDay, a one-day fundraising event with the goal of encouraging people who depend on and enjoy public libraries to donate to their library system.   In turn, that support will go toward the incredible programs, services and materials provided by local libraries all over the country.  
     This National Library Week, Adams County residents can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting our library’s website, following us on social media and stopping in to use our many services.

Submitted by Laura Goss, Executive Director