Between Friends

The Friends of the Adams County Library System Gettysburg, PA — Fall 2008

Mike Gastley named Corporate Citizen of the Year
Mike Gastley, owner-operator of Gastley's Moving and Storage has been named Corporate Citizen of the Year by the Pennsylvania Citizens for Public Libraries. His nomination was made by the Friends of the Library, Adams County Library System in recognition of the exceptional and continual service by his Company to the FOL's Annual Book Sale. Library patrons donate books and other materials throughout the entire year. All these items are sorted and boxed by Library volunteers. Gastley's employees remove and store the filled boxes in their humidity-controlled warehouse. At the time of the sale in early August, the boxes are taken to the Gettysburg Middle School for "Set-up Day" to prepare for the four-day sale. This year's Book Sale earned over $26,300 and redistributed between 55 and 60 thousand donated items. The Company noted that 31 skids were involved in the moving operation and the weight of the books was over three tons! Mr. Gastley and his Company have been enthusiastic supporters of the Library and, refusing any compensation, he remarked that this is his way to help our community. 2008 Awards are to be presented at the Annual Awards Luncheon on Sunday, November 9, 2008 during the Pennsylvania Library Association Conference at Valley Forge.

Three tons of good reading headed to the Book Sale

The Benson Team

What in the world would the world do without volunteers, and what in the world would the Adams County Library System do without volunteers such as Marge and Rush Benson? Marge serves as treasurer for the Friends of the Library and that includes the accounts for Membership, the Book Store and the Book Sale, a huge job!

Rush recently received a certificate of appreciation for his record of over 5,500 hours of service in the main library. He has put all those hours at Information Services which is part of the Reference Department. He also does free tax preparation for seniors. A great big thank you from all of us! The Adams County Library System is spotlighting Abraham Lincoln during the months leading up to his 200th Birthday in February. The November Lincoln event will be an evening at the Majestic Theater Cinema One in Gettysburg. This will be held Tuesday, November 18th at 8 pm. A Reading for Lincoln will be co-sponsored by the Adams County Library System and Gettysburg College's Musselman Library. This will be a special dramatic and musical tribute to Lincoln. For more information contact Virginia Green at 334-5716 x243 or The presentation is endorsed by the PA Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.

Happy 200th Birthday, Mr. Lincoln

From the Director
Rob Lesher
Everyday between 20 and 30 dedicated employees of the Adams County Library System come to work and open the seven libraries and the bookmobile which make up the system. The work they do makes a great impact on the residents of Adams County. This makes Adams County not only a nice place to live, but also an attractive place to raise your kids or start a business. In that same day close to a dozen volunteers will make the same trip into the library. The important work of the library would not be able to be carried out with out those volunteers. What do these volunteers do? Books are shelved. The library is about books. Specifically, getting those books to the people who want and need them. ½ of the job we have is buying the books and making them available. However, if the patrons can’t find them and locate them on the shelves, then we may as well not purchase the book in the first place. Books are moved between libraries. The specific beauty of our library system is that you can get any book from any library at any other library within a short time period. However, the labor to locate these books and move them the requesting library makes it a colossal task. Books are checked out and checked in. Without books getting out to the public, we have no reason to exist. Then we can add in the weeding of books, boxing of books, selling of
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From FOL President
Ila Verdirame
What an awesome fundraiser! Did you find time in your busy summer schedule to drop in at the Friends of the Library annual book sale? We not only reached our goal again but exceeded it. (TOTAL SALES: $26,379.68) Thanks to everyone who donated their time and talents to make this project a success! I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to our generous community who donates our fine selection of books. Marian Benchoff, and all her wonderful volunteers who spent all year sorting and packing, their efforts are greatly appreciated.

We cannot forget Mr. Gastley and his men who pick up the sorted books, stored them on 31 skids and delivered them to the middle school for the sale. This year we had over 65 thousand pounds of books, records, tapes, CD’s and videos. My sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone for all their help!

Holiday season is fast approaching, are you looking for the perfect gifts for family and friends? I hope you will visit the Friends Book Store on the first floor of the Adams Country Library. I hear that we have so many great titles that they all don’t fit on the shelves, so stop in often and spread the word to your friends. We are accepting donations in the bookmobile garage during library hours if you are doing your holiday cleaning. Just ring the door bell and a staff member will unlock it. We appreciate your clean and gently used donations for our next sale and remember the newest and best items go to the FOL book store.


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books, promoting of books, repairing of books and loving books…. And you get a really complete picture that with out the volunteers who come to the library everyday, the lives of Adams County residents would be diminished indescribably. So, as the Director of the Library System, I thank each and every volunteer for your dedication and love of the library and the books which we all handle so lovingly.

One of the most profitable enterprises of FOL is its recycling program which has raised more than $4,000 over the past four years. Individual and corporate donors drop off inkjet and laser toner cartridges and cell phones at any of the various branches of the Adams County Library System.

Round Up

FOL Board member Ray Pollock gathers, prepares, and delivers all items to Cartridge World in Hanover which sends the checks that substantially help the Friends’ "bottom line" as we work toward our financial commitment to the Library. If you have any business connections where there might be a large usage of toners and cartridges we would appreciate having these donated to the Friends. We appreciate all of your help, so please keep these discards coming!

Membership News
We welcome Michele DeLacy as chair of the Membership Committee. She will take on the responsibilities of promoting the advantages of membership in the Friends to our communities. Michele taught 6th grade social studies for 34 years, is a volunteer at Adams Co. Historical Society and at St. Francis Xavier Church, works at the Friends Book Store and is a very enthusiastic library supporter. Dear FOL, Our 7th Annual USED Book Sale Bonanza was a tremendous success thanks to the participation of the entire community. However, your membership fees, which account for one- third of our pledge, are a more direct way to support our library system. The FOL would like to get more of that community involved in our organization. Our pledge to the Library again this year is $60,000 which will allow Director Rob Lesher to purchase more materials and perhaps launch the long anticipated traveling children’s program. You can help by rejoining the Friends and talking to your friends and family about joining. The 20% discount that members receive in our used book store is a tremendous incentive. Every reader knows a reader who will benefit from membership and assist us in our mission. Consider a gift membership to the FOL for a birthday or a holiday gift. Please help us to continue to support this outstanding community resource, The Adams County Library System.

2008 Membership Application/Renewal
Because I believe that the Adams County Library System is essential to our communities, I am enclosing my donation to become a member of the FRIENDS in support of the Library. Please Return completed form with your tax-deductible donation to Friends of the Library, PO Box 4792, Gettysburg, PA 17325

□ $ 20 □ $35 □ $50 □ $100 □ Other ____________
NAME________________________________________________ PHONE ______________ ADDRESS_______________________________ CITY, ZIP __________________________________ I would like to help the FRIENDS and the Library by volunteering: _____ Process used books _____ Process mailings _____ Staff the Book Store ____ Work at the Book Sale Bonanza


Talking about books 
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. Arendtsville(677-0444) Plans are underway for a Book Discussion Group. Please call if you are interested in participating. East Berlin (259-9000) will discuss The Human Stain by Philip Roth. The group meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. Fairfield(642-6009) will be reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. The group will meet on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Gettysburg(334-5716) Bring-a-Book meets every 3rd Monday at 10 a.m. Members read or discuss a small portion of books they are currently reading. Harbaugh-Thomas(677-6257) will be reading Bel Canto by Ann Patchett. The group will meet on the 1st Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Littlestown(359-0446) will be reading Salmon Rushdie's Midnight's Children on the 3rd Friday of the month at 11 a.m. A children's story hour is held each Wednesday at 11 a.m. New Oxford(624-2182) will be reading Double Deuce by Robert B. Parker. The groups meets on the 1st Thursday of each month at 9 a.m. Bring-a-Book (see Gettysburg) meets the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Between Friends is the newsletter of the Friends of the Adams County Library System and is published quarterly. Friends of the Library, PO Box 4792, Gettysburg, PA 17325
OFFICERS: President Ila Verdirame, Vice President Mary Stamm, Treasurer Marge Benson, Rec. Secretary Linda Jorgensen, Corr. Secretary Roz Parkhurst, Historian Kathy Schneider, COMMITTEES Bookstore Ray Pollock, Book Sale Marion Benchoff, Computer Systems Manager, Clodius Willis, Mail Coordinator Judy Watt, Membership: Michele DeLacy, Ellie Sheen, Newsletter Ruthe Craley, Ellie Sheen, Publicity Ruthe Craley, Recycling Ray Pollock, Volunteers Ellen Smith WEB- — EMAIL- — CONTACT: 717-253–1157

Arendtsville♦Biglerville ♦Fairfield Littlestown  East Berlin  Gettysburg  New Oxford

Friends of the Library P.O Box 4792 Gettysburg, PA 17325-4792
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