National Friends of Libraries Week is October 16-22, 2022. At the Adams County
Library System (ACLS), we can celebrate with four Friends of the Library groups as part
of this 16th annual celebration! This week is coordinated by United for Libraries, a
Division of the American Library Association, which supports those who govern,
promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees,
advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for
libraries in the 21st century. For more information, visit www.ala.org/united.
The Adams County Library System extends a huge thank you to all of our Friends
groups. We rely on the support we receive from our Friends for both funding and
advocacy. The Friends advocate for us by promoting our services, contacting public
officials and through their own activities. Many of our Friends are also volunteers
throughout the year. The Friends are always happy to welcome library users and
supporters as members!
The Friends of the Adams County Library, based in Gettysburg but serving the entire
Library System, was established over 65 years ago and has raised over $1,000,000 for the
Library System to date. Their dedication means that there is a “gently used” bookstore
open year-round and a huge Book Sale Bonanza held every year during the last week of
July. Memberships also contribute to their fundraising efforts. There are many
opportunities for Friends members to volunteer! Click here to become a member.
The Friends of New Oxford is also a long-time organization. This group works to
support programming at the New Oxford Library. The Friends of New Oxford raise
funds through “dine-outs” at local restaurants, memberships and sponsors a food truck at
the Friends of the Adams County Library Booksale each summer. They are hosting a
paint afternoon at Brookmere Winery Tasting Room on Sunday, October 16. If you
would like to attend, you can find information on the ACLS website, or call the Library at
717-624-2182. Click here to become a member.
The Friends of the Littlestown Library group was originally established 15 years ago to
help the ACLS find a new home for the Littlestown Library. Once the new site was
identified, this dedicated group raised $200,000 in just eighteen months and donated
countless volunteer hours to refurbish the building. The Friends continue to support the
Library, raising funds via soup sales (it’s homemade and delicious!), memberships and a
book sale held each spring. There are many opportunities for members to volunteer with
these Friends! Click here to become a member.
The Friends of Trone Memorial Library is our newest group! Begun just two years ago,
these dedicated volunteers support our library in East Berlin. They also raise funds
through memberships as well as through their bookstore. Currently, their bookstore is
open two days each week, Monday and Saturday 10am until 2pm. If you are interested in
helping this group grow, they will welcome you! Click here to become a member.
Our entire Library System values the Friends groups, their fundraising and advocacy
efforts are extremely important. Thank you if you are already a Friends member, if not,
please consider membership. Find out how to become a member of the Friends on our
website (www.adamslibrary.org, choose the Support the Library tab and then Friends of
the Library) or ask for more information at any of our library locations.
Submitted by Laura Goss, Executive Director