What do News, Auto Repair Source, and BookFLIX have in common?  They are 3 of the 33 online resources you can access for free with your Adams County Library card through POWER Library: Pennsylvania’s Electronic Library. POWER Library is found at adamslibrary.org by clicking on ELIBRARY, and then DIGITAL RESOURCES, and at powerlibrary.org. There is a true wealth of trustworthy information available through POWER Library, and it is beyond what can be found by a Google search. 
     For instance, News contains the full text of over 2,300 domestic newspapers, select international newspapers, and over 150 magazines/journals. Read today’s issues of “The New York Times” or “The Washington Post” for free. Back issues can be found as well.  One can search by topic or date to discover articles of interest within the last several decades of “The New York Times.” Perhaps peruse the five Mexican newspapers contained in POWER Library or choose from the thirteen French publications. It is perfect for the armchair traveler or avid reader who might wish to explore the offerings of journalists the world over.
     On more of a practical, hands-on nature, use Auto Repair Source to fix and maintain vehicles. Type in make, model and year and find current repair information from the Original Equipment Manufacturers.  Information comes complete with diagrams and step by step instructions, including parts and labor estimates. There is a similar resource in POWER Library called Small Engine Repair Reference Center that can help with lawn mower repair and maintenance which might come in handy this time of year.
     There are wonderful resources for young children as well. Check out BookFLIX and TrueFLIX. These include free ebooks and videos on a variety of topics in both English and Spanish. Children can read or listen to the books online. This can be a great, educational way to keep children engaged when on a car trip.
     All ages can utilize the “Chat with a Librarian” function and receive assistance 24/7 with any informational needs from POWER Library. Students at any stage of learning, from elementary school through college can benefit from this. There are many scholarly databases available each with thousands of journal articles in a broad range of disciplines.
     POWER Library is a wonderful resource available to all residents of Pennsylvania, funded by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Pennsylvania Department of Education operates this through the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the Office of Commonwealth Libraries.
     Get started on your own or call your local library and we can guide you through the process of exploring POWER Library. Or stop by and use our computers or wi-fi and receive some in-person training. All branches of the Adams County Library system are open regular hours for computer use, browsing, faxing, and copying. 

The Harbaugh-Thomas Library (717-677-6257) is open Monday noon- 6, Tuesday and Thursday noon-8, Wednesday and Friday 10-6, and Saturday 9-5.

Submitted by Barbara Buckley, Branch Manager of the Harbaugh-Thomas Library.