Thursday, February 19, 2015

Chekhov's "Lady With The Pet Dog" Redux



CHEKHOV’S  “LADY WITH THE PET DOG” REDUX
          
Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular.  Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room.  All programs are free and open to the public. 

           JANUARY'S BOOKTALK WAS CANCELLED BECAUSE OF THE SNOWSTORM THAT CLOSED THE LIBRARY.  SO HERE WE GO AGAIN! 

Professor Michael Krasny Professor English at San Francisco State University           On Monday February 23 “Lunch and Learn” presents a CD lecture on Anton Chekhov’s well known short story “The Lady With the Pet Dog.”   Dr.  Michael Krasny, Professor of English at San Francisco State University, will be the lecturer.
           Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), of course, is the well known playwright of such dramatic classics as “The Sea Gull,”  “Uncle Vanya” and the “Cherry Orchard.”  Before he began to write plays Chekhov, a medical doctor, was better known as a short story writer.  One of his best is the subject of today’s program. Dmitri Dmitrovich, a middle aged philanderer who is engaged in a boring and unrewarding marriage, is on vacation by himself in Yalta.  There he meets young Anna Sergeyevna who is also unhappily married and vacationing alone.  As a result of their affair Dmitri falls desperately in love and pursues Anna to what they hope will be a happy ending to their affair.
           PREVIEW     On Monday March 30 Booktalk will celebrate both Afro-American History Month (February) and Women's History Month (March)  by featuring Toni Morrison and her novel “Beloved” as the subject of the program. 
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS
           The Friends of the Library has a book store which offers 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 St. entrance.  The hours are:
 9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday through Thursday
 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday
PLEASE NOTE:  THERE WILL BE NO EVENING HOURS AT THE BOOK STORE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS---JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
FOR YOUR INFORMATION the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
MYSTERY NOVELS on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library
NON-FICTION BOOKS on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library.   INFO:  334-5716


Friday, February 6, 2015

Tax Forms at the Library



Tax Forms at the Library
              It’s that time of year again, tax season.  I know that I don’t usually talk about tax season in an article, but the IRS is making some major changes in their form distribution program that will affect all who have used the library in the past to get their forms.
              In the past, the library has been the largest distributor center for tax forms.  However, the IRS has decided to reduce the number of forms that they will supply to libraries.  The reason that they give for this reduction is that, only 9 out of every 100 taxpayers prepared their 2013 tax return using IRS paper tax forms.  The IRS is highly encouraging taxpayers to file electronically using IRS Free File, at www.irs.gov/FreeFile.
              Our libraries will only be receiving three forms from the IRS: the 1040, 1040A and 1040EZ.  We will not be receiving any other IRS form, publication or instruction booklet. 
              Anyone can always download forms and instructions from the IRS website, www.irs.gov.  If you do not have a computer at home, you are always welcome to use one of our computers to download and print the forms and instructions you need.  Due to the lack of availability of printed instruction booklets, if you choose to print one at the library, there will be a charge, due to the cost of printing.
              Although our staff is not able to give any advice or instructions on filing your taxes themselves, they are knowledgeable in helping you find and print the forms you need, as well as find places where you might be able to have your tax questions answered.
              Please note that these changes currently only affect the federal forms.  We have received Pennsylvania Tax Forms and instructions.
We wish we would have had more time to let you know about these changes in the tax form distribution process.  However, we only found out about the change ourselves a few weeks ago.  We know that tax season is a stressful and confusing time for many of us.  The library hopes that we can be of service to try to make this annual chore a little bit easier.  Check us out!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Adams County Reads One Book Nonfiction Selection Announced



Adams County Reads One Book Nonfiction Selection Announced
Due to overwhelming interest in both a nonfiction and a fiction selection for the Adams County Reads One Book program, this year the Adams County Library System will be offering a nonfiction program and a fiction program. It is my great pleasure to announce this spring’s Adams County Reads One Book nonfiction selection, In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.
The New York Times Book Review states: “Larson has meticulously researched the Dodds’ intimate witness to Hitler’s ascendancy and created an edifying narrative…that has all the pleasures of a political thriller.” The Washington Post writes: “Reads like an elegant thriller…utterly compelling. An excellent and entertaining book.” O, the Oprah Magazine, New York Times, NPR, Washington Post, and other news outlets have named this book “Book of the Year.”
In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Larson tells the story of William E. Dodd, who accepts the US ambassadorship to Berlin and moves his family from Chicago to the German city in 1933. Dodd, a college professor and aspiring US history author, seems an unlikely choice as ambassador, living conservatively and refusing to abide by traditional practices of ostentatious soirees and gatherings. As Dodd copes with his new responsibilities, his spirited daughter Martha attends parties and society engagements and becomes entangled with some of the most powerful men in Hitler’s new German government. What at first seems like deep devotion by German countrymen to their new government begins to show troubling and disturbing realities to Dodd. Physical attacks increase on American citizens. Laws targeting segments of the German population start to shed light on Hitler’s true purposes in government. Dodd’s attempts to alert the US State Department about the growing terror and atrocities only elicit silence from the US Government. Meanwhile, Martha’s comradeship with various men in foreign governments leads her down a dangerous path that will change her life, and that of her family, forever.
Political intrigue. Murder. Deception. Horror. Terror. You may know the overall story of the years leading up to World War II, but Larson brings to light the beginning of the Third Reich from the perspective of William and Martha Dodd. Using a writing style known as narrative nonfiction (those who read the 2013 Adams County Reads One Book selection, The Destiny of the Republic, will be familiar with this type of writing), Larson lets the characters tell their story, much like what one may find reading a fiction novel. Reality comes to life in a well-flowing narrative. Originally published in 2011, this title joins other well received and reviewed titles by Larson, including The Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck.
Regular print copies are now available at each Adams County Library location. Additionally, copies of the book are available in large print, audiobook and via ebook format. Programs will take place in April, including book discussions of In the Garden of Beasts at each Adams County Library location. Look for announcements about the book discussions and other programs in March. We hope you will join us in reading this selection and attending the programs. Happy reading!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chekhov's "Lady with the Pet Dog"



CHEKHOV’S “LADY WITH THE PET DOG”
Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular. Booktalk usually meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room. All programs are free and open to the public.
Professor Michael Krasny Professor English at San Francisco State University On Monday January 26 “Lunch and Learn” presents a CD lecture on Anton Chekhov’s well known short story “The Lady With the Pet Dog.” Dr. Michael Krasny, Professor of English at San Francisco State University, will be the lecturer.
Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), of course, is the well known playwright of such dramatic classics as “The Sea Gull,” “Uncle Vanya” and the “Cherry Orchard.” Before he began to write plays Chekhov, a medical doctor, was better known as a short story writer. One of his best is the subject of today’s program. Dmitri Dmitrovich, a middle aged philanderer who is engaged in a boring and unrewarding marriage, is on vacation by himself in Yalta. There he meets young Anna Sergeyevna who is also unhappily married and vacationing alone. As a result of their affair Dmitri falls desperately in love and pursues Anna to what they hope will be a happy ending to their affair.
PREVIEW On Monday February 23 Booktalk celebrates Afro-American History Month. Toni Morrison along with her novel “Beloved” will be the subject of the program.
FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY NEWS
The Friends of the Library has a book store which offers 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 St. entrance. The hours are:
9:30 AM to 8:30 PM on Monday through Thursday
9:30 AM to 4:30 PM Friday and Saturday
1:00 PM to 4:30 PM on Sunday
PLEASE NOTE: THERE WILL BE NO EVENING HOURS AT THE BOOK STORE DURING THE WINTER MONTHS---JANUARY AND FEBRUARY
FOR YOUR INFORMATION the Adams County Library is sponsoring several book discussion groups:
MYSTERY NOVELS on the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library
NON-FICTION BOOKS on the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 PM at the Gettysburg Library. INFO: 334-5716


Thursday, January 15, 2015

It starts at the System Headquarters!



It starts at the System Headquarters!
Did you know that the Adams County Library building in Gettysburg has two functions?  It is the System Headquarters as well as the main branch.  The System Headquarters serves the entire Adams County Library System, making access to all library services available at every branch.  Services at the Main Library, East Berlin, Fairfield, Harbaugh~Thomas, Littlestown, and New Oxford branches as well as System Outreach and the elibrary are coordinated by the System Headquarters.
Is it available?  The online library catalog is delivered through the website (www.adamslibrary.org) supported by the System Headquarters.  Although it is one website, each branch has an information page and every library’s programs are included in the Library Events calendar.
Want to borrow something?  All materials in the ACLS collection enter the online catalog system and are prepared for loan in the System Headquarters.  These materials are then delivered to branches throughout the county.
Need to use the internet?  All of the technology needs in every branch are handled from the System Headquarters.  The computer hardware and software used in every branch is supported by the System Headquarters.  This includes public and staff computers as well as free wireless access.
A virtual library?  The Adams County Library System supports the entire county with access to the 3M Cloud Library for downloadable ebooks, OneClickdigital for downloadable audiobooks and Freegal for downloadable music.  All you need is your device and your Adams County library card.
Got homework?  Don’t google it, use the library’s online reference resources.  The Library System subscribes to many online reference tools that you can use to research a topic from home, all you need is your Adams County Library card.
Read everything at your branch?  Not likely!  Each week, the System Headquarters sends out a rotation of new materials to the branch.  Some are newly published and others are new to the branch.  All branch collections are constantly refreshed to provide a variety of materials available to library users.
It’s not at your branch?  Request it and it will be sent through the System’s delivery service to the branch of your choice. 
Reserve the latest best seller?  The circulation and delivery systems are brought to you courtesy of the System Headquarters.   Headquarters also monitors the reserve lists and adds additional copies as needed.
Don’t see the title you want?  Send in a purchase request for new or to be published items or interlibrary loan request for an older title.  The Headquarters Library will do its best to provide you with a copy.   Both forms are available through the library website or in any branch.
Can’t get to a library?  Library by Mail is a free service offered to Adams County residents who are unable to get to a library facility.  Library materials are mailed to residents with a shipping label included for return.
Visit the Adams County library of your choice to use our services, all supported and coordinated by the Adams County Library System Headquarters in Gettysburg!