National Library Week celebrated | Columns


National Library Week, April 3-9, is a time to celebrate the vital role libraries, librarians and library workers play in transforming lives and strengthening communities. First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries of all types across the country each April.

The theme for this year’s National Library Week is “Connect to Your Library”, which promotes the idea that libraries are places to connect to technology using broadband, computers and other resources. Libraries also provide opportunities to connect with media, programs, ideas, and courses, in addition to books. More importantly, libraries also connect communities to each other.

During National Library Week, the Adams County Library System (ACLS) encourages everyone in the community to connect with your library! Visit your library in person or online to explore and access services and programs. ACLS has six branches located in Adams County, Gettysburg, Biglerville, Carroll Valley, East Berlin, Littlestown and New Oxford. All branches offer a wide range of programs, courses and resources that are available in person or from the comfort of home. In addition to traditional books, audiobooks, and DVDs available for borrowing, the library system offers many virtual resources, including free eBooks, eAudiobooks, and digital magazines. Start tracing your ancestry online with Heritage Quest or learn a new language with Mango! All you need is a free Adams County Library System card, available to all county residents at any branch or by applying online.

Libraries of all types continue to go above and beyond to keep their communities connected by expanding resources and embracing inclusion in their programming, resources, and collections. Libraries across the country are making a difference in people’s lives by providing e-learning resources like online homework help and Wi-Fi access to students and workers who don’t have internet access. at home. The Adams County Library supports the community with services such as free Wi-Fi in all branches, public computers with Office Suite and Internet accessibility, and Brainfuse Jobnow, an online resource to help with writing CVs and interview practice as well as college practice and civil service tests.

This National Library Week, the public can show their appreciation and support for libraries by visiting their library in person or online, following them on social media and using #NationalLibraryWeek. ACLS branches will be offering special programs and displays throughout the week. You will also have the opportunity to leave a positive note about your experiences at the library!

For more information about our services and resources, visit any branch or the library website at

Laura Goss is the executive director of the Adams County Library System.


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