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.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Many Paths of Grief

Booktalk is a monthly discussion group for those interested in current and cultural topics in general and literary subjects in particular. Booktalk meets the last Monday of the month beginning in September and ending in June. It meets at 12:00 PM on the third floor of the Gettysburg Library in the USS Eisenhower Room..  All programs for Booktalk are free and open to the public.
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” by Rachel Joyce is the selection for “2014 Adams County Reads One Book.”  In brief, Harold, living with his wife Maureen in quiet, even sullen desperation, both of whom harbor deep regrets, decides to walk over 600 miles to a friend’s deathbed. This journey brings redemption both to Harold and Maureen as well as an accommodation to the grief they both share.
On Monday September 29 Ms Kimberly Sentz, Bereavement Coordinator at The Lutheran Homecare and Hospice, will speak on her work  providing help and consolation for those who suffer the loss of a dear one.  Kimberly says that she is in contact with families before and after the death of loved ones.  In addition to her personal counseling she offers a support group for all survivors including children.
Kimberly will be discussing the many ways that people grieve.  She will emphasize that there is no right or wrong way to grieve. In reference to “The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry” Kimberly will talk about the many grief issues the various characters experience in the book.
            On Monday October 27, Booktalk will hold a “Read-Around.”  Participants are invited to bring a favorite or not so favorite reading to share.  I have already signed up and am recruiting others.  Let me know at 337-1155.

            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 goes 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, September 4, 2014

East Berlin Community Library: Reflections of an Awesome Year

East Berlin Community Library: Reflections of an Awesome Year

              In the two plus years I have been Director of the East Berlin Community Library, so many wonderful things have happened. Particularly in 2014, we have begun tremendous work on our Capital Campaign to expand and renovate the East Berlin Community Library to double its present size… More on that later! In terms of programming, we continue our very successful children’s programming and adult programs, but in 2014 we have also added regularly scheduled young adult programming to our busy schedule. Our big splash was our Teen Summer Reading Program, which proved to be very successful… more too on that later. Finally, we welcomed a new staff member, Kyla O’Hara, to our wonderful staff. Kyla is a professional librarian with her Master’s Degree in Library Science. She has become very involved in answering reference questions on the circulation desk while also taking over most of our new book ordering. Next time you are in, please welcome Kyla to our staff.
              As I mentioned, our Capital Campaign is off to a wonderful start.  With the tremendous support we have received, we very much look forward to spreading the vision of the plans in the coming years and starting construction at the appropriate time. Our goal of raising $1,200,000 is still a ways off, but we are confident support for the project will continue to grow. If you would like more information about the Capital Campaign or how your family, company, or foundation can participate, please feel free to contact Library Director Brandt Ensor at 717-259-9000 or email us at We look forward to working with the entire community to make this project a reality.
              East Berlin area children had a tremendous time this summer with our “Fizz Boom Read” Summer Reading Program. Our programs, storytimes, and science sessions were well attended and children and adults alike loved our science in a bottle station by the circulation desk. For those who didn’t stop by this summer, science in a bottle is a way to bring science to children (and children at heart) without it being messy, too difficult, or too long of a project. We had a bottle that made it sound like rain, a bottle that had paper inside to stick to your hair with static electricity, and even a jellyfish (ok a shredded up sandwich baggy) in blue ocean water. Thanks to all for making these science in a bottle experiments a great way to celebrate the “Fizz Boom Read” science theme this summer. During summer reading 2014, the East Berlin Community Library held 41 children’s programs with a total attendance of 1,504 adults and children attending. That’s a crazy average of 36 people attending each program. All I can say is, the public has spoken and they need the expanded library with dedicated programming space! In terms of participation, 209 children ages Birth-11 read 92,050 minutes while 45 teens registered and read a combine total of 169 books. Thanks to all for making our Summer Reading Program the coolest time of the year!
              Visit the library at 105 Locust Street, East Berlin or online at for programming information or call 259-9000 for more information.