I hope you have had an opportunity to read this year’s Adams County Reads One Book, “The Water Dancer,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates. If not, there is still time! Stop by any Adams County Library location to pick up a copy of the book, or place a hold on a copy. This October, there will be plenty of opportunities, both in-person and virtually, to get involved with programs and discussions related to “The Water Dancer.”
This year’s One Book programming kicks off with a virtual visit from South Central Pennsylvania native author and historian and Cooper Wingert, on Tuesday, October 5th at 6:30pm. Hosted by the Trone Memorial Library, Wingert will discuss Slavery and Abolition in South Central PA. To receive a Zoom link to this presentation, register online at www.adamslibrary.org or stop by any Adams County Library. Copies of Wingert’s books are also in the library system, so check them out today!
If you enjoy virtual events, take a look at these: Littlestown Library hosts Matthew March of the Cumberland County Historical Society on Thursday, October 14th at 6:30pm. On Monday, October 18th at 6pm, view videos about Thaddeus Stevens and Lucretia Mott, hosted by the Carroll Valley Library. On Thursday, October 21st at 6:30pm, a special presentation by the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park will discuss the remarkable Harriet Tubman and her impact on history. Please note this program will not be recorded. 
Don’t despair…if you love attending in person programming, there are options for you this October! On Tuesday, October 12th at 6:30pm, stop by the Gettysburg Library for a presentation by the Seminary Ridge Museum titled “The Work for Freedom: Life in the Pennsylvania Borderlands, 1840-1865,” which will focus on various stories surrounding the freedom and danger for free and self-emancipating African Americans in this area, including the kidnapping of Kitty Paine in 1845; Daniel Kaufman and the Underground Railroad in 1847; Frederick Douglass and John Brown in Chambersburg in 1859; and the 54th Massachusetts in Franklin County in 1863. New Oxford Library will host Curt Musselman as he discusses McAllister’s Mill at Monday, October 18th at 6pm. Harbaugh~Thomas Library hosts Debra Sandoe McCauslin as she discusses “The Plight of Kitty Payne and Her Children.” And, for families, Trone Memorial Library presents on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30pm, an Underground Railroad Quilt Program, with stories and an opportunity to make a paper family quilt. 
As in the past, there are plenty of opportunities to discuss “The Water Dancer” with fellow community members. Virtually, discussions will be held Saturday, October 9th at 10am; Tuesday, October 19th at 11am; and Tuesday, October 26th at 4pm. If you would like to discuss the book with others in person, visit one of these libraries: Gettysburg Library on Friday, October 22nd at 10am; Carroll Valley Library on Monday, October 25th at 7pm; Trone Memorial Library on Tuesday, October 26th at 6:30pm; and Harbaugh~Thomas Library on Thursday, October 28th at 6:30pm.
Please note most of these programs and book discussions require registration. To find out more about these offerings, visit your local Adams County library location or the Adams County Library System website.

Submitted by Jessica Laganosky, Manager, Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin