Again, this year I have been tasked with writing the first Adams County Library System Gettysburg Times article of the year…. I believe this makes for at least 3 years running…. Past New Year’s library articles that I have wrote about included the “5 Best Kept Secrets of the Adams County Library System” and last year’s informational piece on “You Got A New Device for Christmas, Now What?” Having covered both of those topics fluently, and not wanting to repeat myself, I had to think long and hard about what to write about this New Years’. Then it came to me… I have stayed away from New Year’s Resolutions in the past because like everyone else, I never keep them.  Losing weight, exercising more, eating less…. They are always on my personal list. So, what are the library equivalent of those New Year’s Resolutions for you at the library in 2022? I’ll explore that this year. But I promise that these will be ones you want to keep… not ones you  forgot after January 4th!

Resolution #1 Read More…. That one is simple. The library can help you with all your reading needs. We purchase all of the new bestsellers in many formats including, regular and large print physical books, physical audiobooks, ebooks, and eaudiobooks. Our selectors also try to make our collection as diverse and wide ranging of a collection as possible with our collection’s budget. We always consider patron requests and suggestions. To put in a request for new books to be purchased, select the “services” tab at the top of our homepage and then click “Request Materials Purchase”. For older titles you can’t find in our catalog, please feel free to fill out an Interlibrary Loan Request form online by clicking “Request Interlibrary Loan” from the services tab. We will go out and try to find a copy for you to enjoy at no cost to you. Speaking of reading… we can now tell you what the most checked out adult and children’s item was this year for each branch of the Adams County Library System.

Gettysburg Library: 
    Adult: “Gettysburg: The First Day, The Second Day, The Third Day; Cavalry Operations “
    Children’s: “One, Two, Peekaboo!: With Lots To Count & Discover” by Annette Rusling

Carroll Valley Library:
    Adult: “A Delicate Truth” by John Le Carre (audiobook)
    Children’s: “It’s Time to Play!” By Nancy Parent

Harbaugh-Thomas Library in Biglerville:
Adult: “The Mexican Home Kitchen: Traditional Home-Style Recipes That Capture the 
Flavors and Memories of Mexico” by Mely Martinez
        Children’s: “The Magic Nesting Doll” by Jacqueline Ogburn

    Littlestown Library:
        Adult: “An Ivy Hill Christmas” by Julie Klassen (large print)
        Children’s: “I am Going!” by Mo Williems

    New Oxford Area Library:
        Adult: “Texas Outlaw” by James Patterson
        Children’s: “Barbie in the Nutcracker” (dvd)

    Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin:
        Adult: “Dylan Dog Dead of Night” (dvd)
        Children’s: “Rebecca, An American Girl” by Jacqueline Dembar Greene (audiobook)

After pulling the reports necessary to corelate this list one thing did stick out to me. It is interesting just how many different mediums were used around the county. Our most circulated list had physical audiobooks on it for all ages, large print, picture books, board books, dvds of all ages, as well as adult fiction and non-fiction as you would expect. What an interesting testament to the diversity of our users tastes in what they want to read, listen too, or watch and also to the diversity of our collection.

Resolution #2 is also to read or listen to more books another way, through our wonderful CloudLibrary app. It’s free to download from your Appstore and free to use. You just need your library card number and pin to sign in. Thousands of Ebooks and Eaudiobooks are available at the tap of your finger! You will find many series, bestsellers, popular non-fiction, young adult, and children’s books available on the CloudLibrary app. The CloudLibrary app is countywide, so highest circulation by branch can’t be obtained, but in the spirit of highest circulations for 2021, the highest circulations on Cloudlibrary for 2021 are as follows: 

    Ebook: “The Four Winds” by Kristin Hannah
    Eaudio: “A Promised Land” by Barack Obama

My hope is that you can easily keep these New Year’s resolutions deep into the new year. The Adams County Library System is here to bring you a diverse, quality collection through all types of media, physical or electronic. We hope to see you in 2022. Happy New Years!

Submitted by Brandt Ensor, Assistant Director, Adams County Library System.