Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Book Discussions Launched at Gettysburg Library

New Book Discussions Launched at Gettysburg Library

Discussing books with patrons is one of my favorite aspects of working in the library. It always interests me to see and to hear what others are reading and recommending. I have discovered new favorite authors and new types of books by discussing reading habits with patrons. I recently had the wonderful opportunity to meet with reading groups throughout the county to discuss the Adams County Reads One Book. Getting together with a group of people who share the same interests in an author, a title, or even a type of book, is always a guaranteed fun time. 

With this in mind, it is my pleasure to announce two new exciting book discussion groups forming at the Gettysburg Library. The overall topic for each discussion group came from recommendations by the community. An online survey, posted via the library system’s social media outlets, allowed Adams County residents to share their opinions on what types of books should be discussed and when discussions should take place.

Mystery lovers will enjoy the Mystery Book Discussion, which takes place the 3rd Thursday of each month, at 6:30pm. Join other armchair detectives as we discuss mystery books and authors. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, November 20, in the Children's Programming Room. No registration is required.

The inaugural meeting of the Nonfiction Book Discussion will take place Tuesday, November 11, at 6:30pm, in the USS Eisenhower Room. This is a great opportunity for readers to meet and to discuss nonfiction titles. To participate in this first meeting, please read a nonfiction title by David McCullough. Details about future meetings will be discussed at this meeting. No registration is required.

For details about these book discussion groups, such as next month’s selections, please stop by, call or visit the library.

In 2015, look for other book discussion groups forming at the Gettysburg Library. If you have a specific type of book discussion you would like to see meet at the library, let us know! These discussions would not be possible without the help of volunteers willing to help lead the discussions. If you have an interest in leading a book discussion, please let us know!

If you cannot make the book discussion group meetings but would like to discover new books based on book recommendations and similar titles, take a look at the Books and Authors electronic database through the Adams County Library System website. Using your library card number and PIN number (the last four digits of your library card number), you can explore fiction and nonfiction titles and genres. Find read-a-likes of your favorite author. Discover a new series of books to enjoy. Explore books with similar themes and settings. Choose a book featured on bestsellers’ lists or award winning lists. Create an account with Books and Authors to make a “wish list” of authors and titles you want to read. If you need any help setting up an account, or would like more information about Books and Authors, visit any of the Adams County Library System locations, and the staff can help you navigate the program.

Hope to see you soon at the library!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Alert!! Next Booktalk Meets November 24

Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular; however there will NOT be an October meeting but it will resume on November 24.  Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room.  All programs for are free and open to the public.
On November 24 Booktalk will begin a series of programs called “Lunch (bring your own) and Learn.”  They will be based on several CD lectures entitled “Classics of American Literature,” “Masterpieces of Short Fiction” and “Masterpieces of Russian Literature.”     
The first offering in the series begins with Mark Twain and a lecture on the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.”  The lecturer is Dr. Arnold L. Weinstein, who at the time of publication of his lecture was the Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor and also Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University.
Dr. Weinstein says “Ever since its appearance ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ has offended.” In 1885 the Concord Public Library banned the book and over the years many school districts in America have followed suit. Dr. Weinstein recognizes that there are issues that the book raises about race and slavery; he has also said that there is an even more central text in the book: the topic of freedom—not just for escaped slaves but also for young white boys.  Dr. Weinstein calls the book “a rite of passage story” and entitles his lecture “Huckleberry Finn---The Banned Classic.”
            On Monday December 29 the topic for the “Lunch and Learn” series will be Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story entitled “The Yellow Wall Paper.”  Her best known work, Ms Gilman wrote this story after her stay in a hospital for post natal depression.  Dr. Weinstein’s lecture on the story is called “War Against Patriarchy.” 
 News of further programs will be forthcoming.
            For the first time the annual book sale was held at Gettysburg College; it was a grand success!!  Sales amounted to over $27,000.  Thanks to all those who patronized this sale and to the hearty group of volunteers who assisted in the sale.  A special thank you to Marian Benchoff who completed her fourteenth year as chairperson  of the event.
              The Friends of the Library has a book store which presents   a wide variety of gently used, attractive and interesting books for sale.  It is located on the first floor of the Gettysburg Library just inside the Baltimore Street entrance. The bookstore is usually open from 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday thru Thursday; 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday; and on Sunday 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM.
Members of the Friends are entitled to a 20% discount on most materials.  Stop by!! Join!! Be a Friend!!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giving to the Library

Giving to the Library

The Adams County Library System is committed to providing access to education to all members of our community.  Luckily, there are many like-minded people within our community who recognize the importance of education.  These people donate not only a great many volunteer hours to the library system, but also give monetarily through our Named Endowment program and/or our Memorial & Honor Books program.
              A Named Endowment Fund is set up to honor a person or organization in perpetuity.  Every year, the library uses the interest earned on each Fund to purchase library materials.  Funds can be designated to purchase certain types of materials (i.e. by subject matter, genre, or material type).  These new items are identified with a bookplate and a plaque identifying the fund is added in the Main Library.
              Named Endowment Funds require a minimum contribution of $1,000 and can be added to, in any amount, at any time, which increases the purchasing power of that fund.  A personal contact for each Fund is advised on an annual basis of the materials chosen and placed in the collection.  The system currently has over 150 Named Endowment Funds which purchase close to $18,000 of materials each year. 
              If you wish to honor an individual with a meaningful gift, or remember friends and loved ones, a Memorial or Honor Book can be purchased.  Using your gift, the library will purchase a book which will bear a book plate identifying your honoree.  The library will notify the appropriate party of your thoughtfulness and generosity.
              Materials purchased through the Memorial & Honor Book program can be designated for certain types of materials, just like the Named Endowment Program.  Library staff will work with you to select an appropriate item.
              Private support is vital to the ongoing success of the Adams County Library System.   While the library receives funding from both the state and county, nearly 10% of the annual budget is derived from Endowment income. 
              A wide variety of giving opportunities are available to support your favorite Adams County Library or the Adams County Library System as a whole, including volunteering, joining the Friends of the Library or supporting libraries financially.  Making a contribution is a wonderful way to reach out to current and future library users.
              The Library System is happy to be participating the 4th Annual Giving Spree sponsored by the Adams County Community Foundation at the Gettysburg Hotel, Nov. 12th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Please don’t hesitate to stop by our table at the event to talk with us about the many ways you can help support education for everyone in Adams County.  For more information, you can also call the library at 334-0163.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Magazines Galore!


     I recently came upon a reference explaining how the word “magazine” came to be used for printed collections of articles.  It comes from the use of “magazine” to denote “an arsenal or repository” and it came into common usage in the mid-18th century.  So, it makes sense to use the word to describe our modern-day magazines, since you might consider them to be “arsenals of learning,” or “repositories of knowledge.”
     Walking into the browsing area, which is located near the High Street entrance to the 2nd floor of the library, it certainly doesn’t appear that there are so many periodicals on display – but it’s true!  There are titles that would interest, educate, or entertain just about anyone who wants to spend a little quality time in this quiet corner. 
     The magazines displayed here are the current issues, and patrons may read them while they are in the library.  For the benefit of our many patrons who regularly visit the browsing area, these issues may not be taken from the building.  However, once a magazine has been replaced with a new issue, the previous issue is barcoded and added to our catalog, and from this point it may be checked out for three weeks.  Back issues of most magazines are kept for 2 years. 
     As a library patron, you have a wide array of periodicals to peruse, ranging from news and sports to health, travel, gardening, and lots, lots more.  It is a long list, and there are a few titles we don’t have room to include here:
·       News, business and commentary:  Time, Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, National Review, Christian Century, The Nation, Utne Reader, Forbes, Money
·       Science and technology:  Sky and Telescope, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Science News, Scientific American, Discover, Psychology Today, Wired
·       Sports and health: Sports Illustrated, ESPN, Golf, Bicycling, Health, Men’s Health, Outdoor Life, PA Game News, Runners World, Shape
·       Fashion:  Vogue, Brides, Harper’s Bazaar, Esquire, Cosmopolitan, Seventeen, Vanity Fair
·       Home and garden: Good Housekeeping, House Beautiful, Real Simple, Living, Architectural Digest, Fine Homebuilding, Traditional Home
·       Popular culture and automotive:  Reader’s Digest, Saturday Evening Post, People, Entertainment Weekly, Country Living, Ebony, Essence, Rolling Stone
·       Art, Cooking, crafts and collecting:  Artists’ Magazine, Knitters, Quilters Newsletter, Cooking Light, Food and Wine
·       History, travel and regional: National Geographic, Smithsonian, Archaeology, National Geographic Traveler, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania Heritage, Civil War Times Illustrated
·       Spanish language:  People en Espanol, Siempre Mujer, TV y Novelas, Vanidades
     In the last year, as publishers have discontinued some titles, the following new magazine subscriptions have been added at the Main Library:
·       Civil War Monitor
·       Craft Ideas
·       Pennsylvania Gardener  
·       Maximum PC
     So the next time you have some time to spare, or you want to catch up on the latest news and views, the Gettysburg Library is a wonderful place to relax and curl up (figuratively, anyway!) with a good magazine.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Music and More at the Library

Music and More at the Library
     Can you imagine being able to download three songs a week and being able to keep them forever?  How about streaming music for three hours a day and never having to listen to one commercial?  And doing both for free?  Well, you can! Adams County Library card holders now have access to thousands of songs through an online music database called Freegal. 
     Freegal is a downloadable music service, not unlike iTunes. All you need is your library card number and pin (the last 4-digits of your library card number). With access to the Sony Music Entertainment catalog, Freegal offers hundreds of thousands of songs, over 100 genres of music, and more than 50 record labels, all without having to download special software or have any digital rights management (DRM) issues to deal with.
Files are compatible with any MP3 player or device and can be transferred to any computer or MP3 player or burned to a CD. The limit is set so that a maximum number of patrons have equal access to the hundreds of genres of music available in Freegal.  Apps are available through the Apple App Store and Android Marketplace/Google Play.
     For eBook users, we continue to purchase new titles on a weekly basis, recently released titles as well as older titles from your wish lists.  You will notice a change to the Cloud Library app over the next few weeks.  3M is in the process of sending out an update that will renew the app, which will add new features and capabilities to what you see and how you find the titles you want to read.
     You will automatically be notified of the update, there is no need to un-install and re-install the app.  Your books, holds and history will all remain intact; however, some of you may need to re-download the books within your My Books area.
     And don’t forget about our downloadable audio books.  One Click Digital allows you to check out and download audio books right to your device for your listening pleasure. 
     These three services and much more are available to you through the library’s website at  All you need is your library card number and pin to have access.