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2010 WINTER 2010

2010 WINTER 2010

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  Between Friends
is thenewsletter of the Friends of the Adams County LibrarySystem
 Friends of the Library, PO Box 4792,Gettysburg, PA 17325
OFFICERS
 
 President 
 
Ila Verdirame
Vice President 
Ralph Cavaliere
 
 Rec. Secretary
Linda Jorgensen
Corr. Secretary
Roz Parkhurst
Treasurer 
Virginia Ciliotta
 Historian
 
Kathy Schneider 
COMMITTEES
 
 Bookstore
 
Ray Pollock 
 
 Book Sale
Marian Benchoff 
Computer Systems Mgr.
 
Clodius Willis
 Mail Coordinator 
Judy Watt
 Membership
Michele Orner 
 Newsletter 
Ruthe Craley
 — 
Editor Ellie Sheen
 — 
Lay-out
 P 
ublicity
Ruthe Craley
 Recycling 
 Ray Pollock 
Volunteer Coordinators
 
 Book Sale
 — 
 Mary Beth Stamm
 Book Store
 — 
 
Jane Brown
WEB
www.adamslibrary.org/fol
EMAIL
 fol@adamslibrary.org
CONTACT
 717-253
 – 
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Between Friends
Friends of the Adams County Library System
DECEMBER 2010
The Friends of the AdamsCounty Library has re-cently established a Named Endowment inhonor of MarianBenchoff, the System's all-star volunteer.Ms. Benchoff serves aschairperson of the annualUsed Book Sale Bonanza.This includes organizing ateam of volunteers whosort donated books andother items on a weekly basis, storing and thenmoving those books to theGettysburg Middle Schoolfor the August sale. ThisSale raises about a third of the annual pledge of $60,000 which is made to the System by FOL.The Marian Benchoff Named Endowment will be used to purchase children's books. Any-one who wishes to add to this Endowment may do so by sending a check to the AdamsCounty Library System, 140 Baltimore St, Gettysburg, PA 17325.
FRIENDS HONOR MARIAN BENCHOFF
Rob Lesher, ACLS Director, interrupted the book sorting in theLibrary garage to present Marian Benchoff with a Named Endow-ment created in her honor by the Friends of the Adams County Li- brary. In the photo from left to right are Ellie Kuhn, NancyHarmon, Dotty Fidler, Marian Benchoff, Maryann Oelkers and RobLesher.
GIFTS
GIFTS 
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President Ila Verdirame has packed a bigSanta bag full of wonderful Christmas books, for both children and adults, to taketo the GETTYSBURG HIGH SCHOLHOLIDAY MARKET on Saturday, Decem- ber 11 from 10 AM until 2 PM. Pick up anextra gift or two and support local studentsas well.
 
 
By Rob Lesher 
Library Director 
2010 has been a year of many changes here at theAdams County LibrarySystem. The system had tomake many difficult deci-sions because of the finan-cial challenges that this difficult economy has caused.Consequently, the library made a number of cuts last year to be able to keep services at the level which the publicexpects and deserves.All services for the library were evaluated andthe cuts which were made specifically targeted where wecould consolidate, downsize, or use technology to do the job more efficiently.We have weathered these cuts and this toughfinancial year and it seems to have worked.Circulation is up. Visits are up. Internet use is up.The residents of the county are getting the services whichthey need.However, we will begin 2011 facing another statefunding cut. The state budget reduced library funding byan additional 11% over last year. This means another tightening of the belt and a number of additional cuts tomake up the income shortfall.These cuts this year will be in our book and tech-nology budgets. This is painful for us because we trulyfeel that books, other materials and technology is our  business and without them the public suffers. We will doour best to minimize the impact of these cuts and feel wecan still provide a really quality service at our budget tar-gets.There are a number of bright spots. The stock market is recovering which means that our investmentincome has improved and this allows us to use these in-vestments to make up some of the cuts which we will seein state funding.Most importantly, the Friends of the Library(you) have been extremely generous. Thanks to your re-newed membership, annual book sale and store sales, theFriends this year exceeded their original pledge of $60,000 and will give the library an additional $14,000 ata time when we need it most.I would like to thank you so much for thesefunds. The additional funds have allowed the library tomove forward with our commitment to the new facility inLittlestown which will be opening its doors in January.Thank you again for all of your hard work and support for the library system. Have a happy healthy holiday seasonand know that we will be here to make 2011 a truly spec-tacular year.Our System sister to the south, The Littlestown Library, 232 N. Queen St., Littlestown is rapidly moving alongto full operation "sometime" in January 2011.The branch has been operating out of a small space, about 750 square feet, in the community center building. Itwill move into an area slightly more than 3,000 square feet. This building will include a children's section, communityand reading rooms, and will increase its collection of books and other informational materials from 4,000 to 15,000items.The Adams County Friends of the Library recently made a substantial donation to the new Library for help withfurnishing its exciting new home.
NEWS OF LITTLESTOWN LIBRARYCHANGES andTHANKS
The Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Adams County Library was held re-cently in the Eisenhower Room at the Library. The current officers were re-elected for 2011. ( See sidebar on the first page.)Friends President Ila Verdirame presented a check to Chris Frye, President of theAdams County Library System. This fulfilled the $60,000 annual pledge fromFOL to the Library. Due to successful projects, FOL was able to give a larger amount than pledged. These projects are the annual Used Book Sale in the sum-mer, increased FOL Memberships, and the continuing profits from the Book Storelocated in the Library.These activities are all volunteer-directed. There are many other volunteer "opportunities" with the Friends and throughout the entireLibrary. Please consider becoming a volunteer and please support our projects and programs by becoming a member of the Friends.
(See the application/renewal form on the back page.)
FRIENDS ANNUAL MEETING
Presidents Ila and Chris
 
TALKING ABOUT BOOKS
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FREE PAPERBACK FREE PAPERBACK  
OR $2 OFF
A
 NY
 
OTHER 
 
BOOK 
 
PRICED
 
AS
 
MARKED
 
ONE COUPON PER PURCHASENOT REDEEMABLE FOR CASH
STORE HOURS
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4:30pmL
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INSIDE
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IBRARY
 140 B
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G
ETTYSBURG
, PA 17325
Book discussion groups are becoming very popular everywhere, according to a recent survey of leisure time activities.The Adams County Library System is offering a number of such groups and all are open to the public and all meet at
the individual Libraries, whether it is your ―home‖ library or not, but a phone call ahead will help with the library’s
 arrangements.
Biglerville (677-6257) will meet on January 6 at 6:30 PM. They will discuss
The Kitchen House
 by Katherine Gris-son
Fairfield (642-6009) will meet on the 3rd Thursday in January to discuss
 A Plague of Doves
 by Louise Erdich
Gettysburg (334-5716) has a program called Bring-a-Book which meets every three weeks on Monday at 10 AM.This is a round table presentation with each participant reading parts or discussing the book they are currently read-ing.
Littlestown (359-0446) will meet at noon on December 14. (The Library will not be open until 1 PM.) The discus-sion will be about the book,
 Racing in the Rain
 by Garth Stein.
 NewOxford (624-2182) Readers will meet at 9 AM on January 6 to discuss
The #1 Ladies Detective Agency
 byAlexander McCall Smith and also at 9 AM on January 13 to discuss
 Firefly Lane
 by Kristin Hannah.
East Berlin (259-9000) The group will meet at 7 PM on Tuesday, January 25 to discuss
Three Cups of Tea
 by GregMortenson.We'll take another opportunity to remind you of the wonderful buys and bargains in the Library Book Store. So many people are very generous incleaning out their bookshelves and very often, those donations are booksthat are practically brand new. These are carefully sorted and sent upstairswhere they can be priced a little more in line with regular merchandizing.If they don't sell there, down they come again and eventually end up atthe summer Book Sale where they are happily snapped up by excited bar-gain hunters. But, here's a chance to see them first. Perhaps the coupon below will give you an incentive to come in and look around!
Just a few of the Christmas bookson display in the Book Store.
BOOK STORE TREASURES

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