Dorothy Puhl

Dorothy Puhl

It is my privilege to serve as the current president of the Adams County Library System Board of Trustees. Like many residents of Adams County, I got my first library card as a small child and have enjoyed the library’s materials, programs, and services my whole life. Where else can you borrow the current best seller, read popular magazines, watch DVDs of first-run movies and current TV shows, plus enjoy educational and informational programs all for the amazing cost of zero?

The Adams County Library System was incorporated in 1945 in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as an independent library serving the residents of Adams County. It operates a main library in Gettysburg with branches in New Oxford, Biglerville, Carroll Valley, and Littlestown. The Library also operates an outreach department that services the local area and functions as a support library, distributing supporting revenues and assisting with collection purchasing for the Jean Barnett Trone Memorial Library of East Berlin.

The library is funded primarily through local and state government support, and contributions from individual and corporate donors, as well as investment income. We also gratefully receive support from our friends of the library groups in Gettysburg, Littlestown and New Oxford. Without this public support, the library’s ability to carry out its programs and services would be significantly reduced.

The library is managed by an administrative team, headed by the executive director, with oversight from the board of trustees. The board recently conducted a comprehensive search for a new executive director. That search ended, effective May 1, with the appointment of Laura Goss, formerly the assistant executive director, to the position. Laura brings over 17 years of experience and dedication to the library, and the board looks forward to working with her as we strive to fulfill the mission and vision of the Adams County Library System: opening gateways for exploration and connecting people to opportunities that enrich their lives.

Perhaps you would like to join the library board of trustees? The board is composed of nine trustees, appointed by the Adams County Commissioners. Board membership begins with applying to be an associate trustee. Associate trustees serve a renewable term of one year, as a type of non-voting apprenticeship. Trustees are generally elected from the associate trustee pool and can serve for up to two consecutive three-year terms.

If you are interested in serving as a board member, please visit the library’s website at www.adamslibrary.org for more information. The board of trustees page provides details on the roles and responsibilities of board members, as well as means to contact us about applying to be an associate trustee. The board meeting schedule is posted on the library’s website. Board meetings are generally held on the fourth Thursday of each month. The meetings are public, and all are welcome to attend. The website also provides information about the friends of the library groups and other volunteer opportunities.

In the coming weeks and months, a lot is happening at the library. Take a peek at the events calendar on the website. There’s something educational, fun, and informative going on at a library branch near you almost every day. You can stay on top of coming events, by signing up for the monthly e-newsletter. Just use the Staying in Touch link on the library website.

As a wise person once said, “Knowledge is free at the library. Just bring your own container.”

Dorothy Puhl is the president of the library’s board of trustees.

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