September has been an exciting time for the Adams County Library System Staff and our library users!  After quite a long stretch, the Library resumes in-person programming, adding one more service to our new normal.
     Although the Library System reopened for browsing, computer use, printing, copying, FAXing and other information services in September of 2020, our programming remained all virtual.  That has been frustrating for both staff and library users, to say the least. We missed the interaction!
     Although the rate of community spread of COVID -19 remains in the high range for Adams County, we decided to return to in-person programming  this month.  All participants over the age of two who attend our programs are required to be masked.  So far, that does not deter many of our friends!  In fact, one family in Littlestown was so happy to attend storytime that they walked through a downpour to participate!
     All branches are offering in-person programs, phasing them in over September and October.  Why are we still offering some virtual programs?  Several reasons; some presenters prefer this format, some programs were planned during our virtual-only phase and others allow us to take you away!
     For example, visit the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historic Park in Church Creek, MD from the comfort of your home!  This program will be presented on October 21 by the National Park Service.  Or, enjoy an in-person program on McAllister’s Mill by Curt Musselman at the New Oxford Library on October 18.   These two programs and many others are being offered as part of the Adams County Reads One Book series of events.
     And speaking of Adams County Reads One Book, have you read the 2021 selection?  This year, the One Book Committee chose The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates.  The book is available in print, ebook and audio. All of the branches will be offering programs throughout the month of October.  Read, listen and enjoy this year’s ACROB!
     Programs are offered Monday through Saturday for all ages.  Children and teens can enjoy storytime, science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) programs at all of our library branches.  Check out the EVENTS calendar online (www.adamslibrary.org) or pick up a copy of the fall edition of What’s Happening at any branch.  What’s Happening is our three-month program calendar to help you plan your library visits! 
     Don’t forget that we have six branches, located in Biglerville, Carroll Valley, East Berlin, Gettysburg, Littlestown and New Oxford. Visit the library most convenient to you, or branch out and visit a new library this month.  We’d love to see you for browsing, computer use, help with information or at a program!

Submitted by Laura Goss, Executive Director