We are halfway through 2021, time for an update!  After a very challenging 2020, the Adams County Library System has reopened for most services.  The libraries reopened for browsing, computer use and tech help at the beginning of September 2020.  I continue to appreciate the ACLS staff who have taken on the change in our lives and have adapted to a new way of providing service.  The staff has been instrumental in the reopening process including welcoming the return of in person visits and continuing to provide a robust virtual program.
We are seeing more and more visitors to the library facilities as more people are vaccinated.  While we continue to be open to visitors, we have not yet begun in person programming or use of meeting rooms at this point.  We hope that will happen later this year.
The way our libraries are used has evolved over the past year and we are still seeing the results of that change.  Although the libraries are open to the public, many library users are continuing to place holds on materials and picking them up instead of browsing as well as using our virtual branch.  Over the past year we have had an incredible increase in the use of the ebook and eaudio collections.  The ACLS has changed the way we purchase materials to meet the preferences of library users. While we continue to purchase physical materials, we have also increased the purchase of digital materials to grow those collections.  
Summer Quest continues as an all virtual program this year.  Library users of all ages can sign up for this annual program.  The events and performers will be presented online.  This decision to continue in a virtual format had to be made in January as we were finalizing plans and performer presentations.  The excellent staff has created many “Take and Make” bags to engage program participants and enhance the virtual programs.  Check the online calendar for art, science and storytime projects that can be picked up at your local branch.  There are even decks of cards so that you can learn magic tricks with Magician Mike Rose! 

Once again, the Adams County Library System and WellSpan are partnering to present the popular Get Outdoors Adams County (GOAdams).  Pick up a booklet and rubbing page at your local branch and “Get Outdoors and Chase Your Tale” as you visit local parks this summer!  Visit http://www.goadams.org/ for more information.

Are you reading the 2021 Adams County Reads One Book selection?  The title was recently announced…it’s The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  The Library has physical and digital copies for you to borrow.  Enjoy the read or listen and look for programs surrounding this title at all of our branches in October.

And thanks to all our library users for your support and patience as we have worked our way through (and survived) the obstacles of the past year and a half.  We are still taking time to return to full services and hope that the process will be completed before the end of the year.  In the meantime, we hope that you will either visit a library or attend some virtual programming soon, whatever your personal comfort level allows!   Visit us in Gettysburg, Biglerville, Carroll Valley, East Berlin, Littlestown and New Oxford or online at www.adamslibrary.org.

Submitted by Laura Goss, Executive Director