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Browsing Appointments

Note: In-person browsing is temporarily suspended following guidance from the CDC.

Starting November 16th, we are happy to allow patrons and their household members back in the library building for 30-minute appointments to browse for books and movies. You can book appointments up to 7 days in advance.

To book an appointment, call the library at 717-484-4200 or book using the link below. Select the date and time, then complete the form online. A library card number is required. You can come alone, or bring other people in your household.

Schedule an appointment

Librarians will clean between patrons, so please arrive on time and honor the 30-minute limit to ensure others can enter at their allotted time. Due to our policy, patrons must wear masks and practice social distancing while in the building. A hand-sanitizing station will be at the door. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.

At this time, there will not be computers available inside the library, but laptops are available to reserve and borrow for use outside and within WiFi range on the library property.  Library staff can print or copy items for patrons via the Curbside Pickup process. Call us to arrange the best solution for your needs. Regular fees will apply for these services.

The meeting room will not be available at this time.

Staff Picks: November

Jess’s Pick

Rome, 1953: Hal, an itinerant journalist

flailing in the post-war darkness, has

come to the Eternal City to lose himself

and to seek absolution for the thing that

haunts him.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Carolyn’s Pick

There are no monsters anymore, or so

the children in the city of Lucille are

taught.  Jam and her best friend, Redemption,

have grown up with this lesson all their life.

But when Jam meets Pet, a creature who

emerges from one of her mother’s paintings ,

she must reconsider what she’s been told.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Martha’s Pick

Mike Rowe’s The Way I Heard It collects

thirty-five fascinating stories “for the

curious mind with a short attention span.”

Five-minute mysteries about people you

know, filled with facts that you didn’t.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Sharon’s Pick

Everyone knows the story of Abraham

Lincoln’s assassination in 1865, but few are

aware of the original conspiracy to kill him

four years earlier in 1861, literally on his

way to Washington, DC, for his first

inauguration.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Cooking Cookies

October is Cookbook Month AND Cookie Month, so let’s celebrate with these cookie cookbooks!

Chocolatey, fruity, crisp, chewy,

classic, inventivey—there’s a

foolproof recipe for the perfect

treat for everyone in this book.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

 

The editors of Martha Stewart Living

present a new, fun source for anyone

looking to make their go-to cookies

even better and bolder.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

 

Thanks to Good Housekeeping, the

cookie jar will never be empty again.

With these simple and satisfying recipes,

even new bakers will make perfect cookies

the first and every time.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

Let cookie guru Bridget Edwards guide

you through more than 60 delicious

cookie-decorating designs for every occasion

and holiday, from luscious springtime daisies

to spooky spider webs to personalized

birthdays.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

This festive collection of cookie recipes

features ideas for everything from traditional

Christmas cutouts to unique fruit and nut

goodies-all perfect for gift giving.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Marilynn and Sheila Brass are on a mission to

bring old-fashioned American home baking

back to everyone’s kitchen.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

 

 

CHEF CHLOE’Sfirst all-dessert cookbook,

Chloe’s Vegan Desserts, will satisfy your sweet

tooth from morning to night with more than

100 recipes for cakes and cupcakes, ice cream

and doughnuts and pies—oh my!

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Outdoor Pop-up Browsing

Browse new and popular items outdoors at the new library!

Outdoor PopUp Browsing
(weather permitting)

  • Saturday 10/10  and Saturday 10/24 from 9 am-12 pm

Tables will be set up with a collection of books, audiobooks, and movies for all ages.

AAL is continuing to follow safety guidelines provided by local, county, and state health officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.

Safety guidelines

  • Facemasks are required.
  • Use hand sanitizer before entering.
  • Maintain six feet for social distancing.
  • Do not reshelve unwanted items – place items in bins after handling.
  • Area is limited to 6 people at a time.
  • If you or a member of your household is ill, do not visit the popup at this time.

Location

  • New Library!  110 W Main St, Adamstown, PA 19501

New and popular items

  • DVDs
  • Audiobooks
  • Fiction
  • Nonfiction
  • Large Print
  • Teen/Juvenile Fiction
  • Picture Books
  • Easy Readers/Chapters Books

We hope you enjoy this next phase of expanding library service as we continue to monitor safety recommendations during the coronavirus pandemic. Thank you for your continued support during this challenging time.

As usual, library curbside pickup is available 9:30-1:30.

Staff Picks: October

Jess’s Pick

Kate Darling’s enigmatic mother–a once-famous

ballerina–has passed away, leaving Kate bereft.

When her grandmother falls ill and bequeaths

to Kate a small portrait of a woman who bears

a striking resemblance to Kate’s mother, Kate

uncovers a mystery that may upend everything

she thought she knew.

Laura’s Pick

Every city has a soul. Some are as

ancient as myths, and others are

as new and destructive as children.

New York City? She’s got five.

 

 

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Carolyn’s Pick

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare

creates a violent world, in which two

young people fall in love. It is not simply

that their families disapprove; the

Montagues and the Capulets are

engaged in a blood feud.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Martha’s Pick

In nineteenth-century China, in a

remote Hunan county, a girl named

Lily, at the tender age of seven, is paired

with a laotong, “old same,” in an

emotional match that will last a lifetime.

 

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Sharon’s Pick

Since the day they said, “I do,” Peggy’s

previous “doting” lifestyle met with

her husband John’s minimalist ways

and became the backdrop for years of

adventure and a quirky sense of humor

because of their differences.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Sonya’s Pick

In the sequel to Bird Box, Malorie

has a harrowing choice to make:

to live by the rules of survival that

have served her so well, or to venture

into the darkness and reach for hope

once more.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

September is Library Card Sign Up Month!

Books about Libraries!

The Library Book by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark, illustrated by Chuck Groenink

What’s the best way to cure a gloomy

day? A trip to the library! Based on the

hit song by Tom Chapin and Michael

Mark, here is an affectionate, exuberant,

uproarious celebration of books, reading,

and—SHHH!—libraries!

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

Bats At The Library by Brian Lies

Another inky evening’s here— The air

is cool and calm and clear.  Can it be

true? Oh, can it be?  Yes!—Bat Night

at the library!

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

 

A Library Book For Bear by Bonny Becker

Bear does not want to go to the library.

He is quite sure he already has all the

books he will ever need. Yet the relentlessly

cheery Mouse, small and gray and

bright-eyed, thinks different.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

The NOT So Quiet Library by Zachariah Ohora

It’s Saturday, which means Oskar and

Theodore get to go to the library with

their dad! It means donuts for breakfast!

And it means endless quiet hours lost

in stories.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

 

 

The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith

In the first book in a brilliant new

fantasy series, books that aren’t finished

by their authors reside in the Library

of the Unwritten in Hell, and it is

up to the Librarian to track down

any restless characters who emerge

from those unfinished stories.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein

Kyle Keeley is the class clown, popular

with most kids, and an ardent fan of

all games: board games, word games,

and particularly video games. His hero,

Luigi Lemoncello,the most notorious and

creative gamemakerin the world, just so happens

to be the genius behind the building of the new town library.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

The Body In The Library by Agatha Christie

It’s seven in the morning. The Bantrys

wake to find the body of a young woman in

their library. She is wearing evening dress

and heavy make-up, which is now smeared

across her cheeks.  But who is she? How did

she get there? And what is the connection with

another dead girl, who is later discovered in an abandoned quarry?

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Dewey’s Nine Lives by Vicki Myron

Dewey’s Nine Lives offers nine funny, inspiring,

and heartwarming stories about cats–all told from

the perspective of “Dewey’s Mom,” librarian Vicki

Myron. The amazing felines in this book include

Dewey, of course, whose further never-before-told

adventures are shared, and several others who

Vicki found out about when their owners reached out to her.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Alice Wright marries handsome American

Bennett Van Cleve hoping to escape her stifling

life in England. But small-town Kentucky

quickly proves equally claustrophobic.

So when a call goes out for a team of women

to deliver books as part of Eleanor Roosevelt’s

new traveling library, Alice signs on enthusiastically.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

The Librarian of Basra by Jeanette Winter

Alia Muhammad Baker is a librarian in

Basra, Iraq. For fourteen years, her library

has been a meeting place for those who love

books. Until now. Now war has come, and

Alia fears that the library–along with the

thirty thousand books within it–will be destroyed forever.

ADAMSTOWN Children's The library book / by Tom Chapin and Michael Mark ; illustrated by Chuck Groenink Chapin, Tom, 1945- author. Book | Atheneum Books for Young Readers | 2017 | First edition. Available at ADAMSTOWN Children's Area (E CHAPIN) plus 9 more Request itArea E CHAPIN AVAILABLE

Staff Picks: September

Carolyn’s Pick

England, May 1536. Anne Boleyn

is dead, decapitated in the space

of a heartbeat by a hired French

executioner.  As her remains are

bundled into oblivion, Thomas

Cromwell breakfasts with the victors.

Sharon’s Pick

Eva Traube Abrams, a semi-retired

librarian in Florida, is shelving books

one morning when her eyes lock on a

photograph in a magazine lying open

nearby. She freezes; it’s an image of a

book she hasn’t seen in sixty-five years—

The Book of Lost Names.

Martha’s Pick

Elise Sontag is a typical Iowa fourteen-

year-old in 1943–aware of the war but

distanced from its reach. Then her

father, a legal U.S. resident for nearly two

decades, is suddenly arrested on

suspicion of being a Nazi sympathizer.

Jess’s Pick

Halfway through a midsummer afternoon

performance, Ringling Brothers Barnum

and Bailey Circus’s big top caught fire.

The tent had been waterproofed with a

mixture of paraffin and gasoline; in

seconds it was burning out of control, and

more than 8,000 people were trapped inside.

Eric’s Pick

Boots Elsworth was a famous treasure

hunter in another life, but now she’s

washed up. She makes her living faking

salvage legends and selling them to the

highest bidder, but this time she might

have stumbled on something real–a famous

warship, capable of untold destruction.

Sonya’s Pick

Julie is missing, and the missing

don’t often return. But Elise knows

Julie better than anyone, and she

feels in her bones that her best

friend is out there, and that one

day she’ll come back.

Laura’s Pick

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves

between two worlds: the poor neighborhood

where she lives and the fancy prep school

she attends. The balance between these

worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses

the shooting of her childhood best friend

Khalil at the hands of a police officer.

New Curbside Pickup Hours

Beginning August 24, 2020, AAL began offering expanded curbside pickup hours.

New Curbside Pickup Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:30 am – 7:30 pm

Friday 9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Saturday 9:30 am – 1:30 pm

We want to keep patrons and staff safe, so please follow the steps below.  Pickup will be arranged by appointment only, following social distancing guidelines.  We are looking forward to serving  you!

  1.  Starting July 6th, you are able to place the items you want on hold online through the catalog.
  2. You can also continue to place holds by calling the Circulation Department at (717) 484-4200, completing the online Adult or Youth Book Match form, or emailing info@adamstown.lib.pa.us.  Make sure to include your name, phone number, and library card number.  5 items per patron can be held per day.
  3. If you place your holds online, a librarian will call you to set up an appointment to pick up your items.
  4. If you call in your order, your appointment will be scheduled at that time.  Please note that this service is only available when staff are on duty.
  5. The library staff will prepare your items and check them out to your library card.
  6. When you arrive at the library, pull up to the side of the building.  Call us again at (484) 755-9143 to let us know you are here.  If you do not have a cell phone, please ring the doorbell to let us know you have arrived, and someone will meet you with your items.
  7. Please stay in your car.  Pop your trunk so a staff member can deliver your items.
  8. If you have any questions, please call the library.

Thank you for choosing AAL!

Need help picking a book?  Check out our blog.

Curbside Service Frequently Asked Questions

  • Can I pick up holds now?
    • Yes, we are currently offering curbside service.
  • When can I pick up my holds?
    • Curbside service is being offered Monday through Thursday 9:30am-7:30pm, Friday 9:30am-4:30pm, and Saturday 9:30am-1:30pm. Once you confirm your appointment time, visit the library and call the library to let us know you’re here.
  • Can I return items when I pick up?
    • We are now accepting returns 24 hours a day. Please use the book drop for all returns. The book drop is open 24 hours a day. All items will be quarantined for several days and will still show as checked out on your account for up to a week after you return them. You will not accrue fines while items are quarantined. Do not renew any items you’ve returned to the library, as renewing your returned items may incorrectly place a fine on your account.
  • Do I need my library card?
    • Yes.  Please call the library if you have any questions or issues with your card.
  • What if I don’t have a library card?
  • Can I talk to a library staff member?
  • Can a librarian help me with OverDrive/computer questions?
    • Yes, please call the library for your ereader and technology questions.
  • Can I print something?
  • Can you fax something for me? Can I use the computer?
    • Due to the CDC’s recommended social distancing policy, we are unable to provide these services.

The Best Pandemic Books

Whether you’re looking to escape our real-world worries, or you want to deep dive into pandemics in history, these are our recommendations.

Fiction

Candace Chen, a millennial drone self-sequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine. So she barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps New York.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve.

When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer.

When an unidentified, seemingly healthy young woman collapses suddenly on the New York City subway and dies upon reaching the hospital, her case is an eerie reminder for veteran medical examiner Jack Stapleton of the 1918 flu pandemic.

This is the way the world ends: with a nanosecond of computer error in a Defense Department laboratory and a million casual contacts that form the links in a chain letter of death.

In an isolated college town in the hills of Southern California, a freshman girl stumbles into her dorm room, falls asleep—and doesn’t wake up.

In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise.  Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters–Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa–a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America.

Hig somehow survived the flu pandemic that killed everyone he knows.

Nonfiction

1793, Philadelphia. The nation’s capital and the largest city in North America is devastated by an apparently incurable disease, cause unknown . . . (ages 10+)

At the height of WWI, history’s most lethal influenza virus erupted in an army camp in Kansas, moved east with American troops, then exploded, killing as many as 100 million people worldwide.

BEAT THE FLU is a comprehensive guide to build your immune system to prevent and, if necessary, treat the flu.

The author looks at the origins of the disease and traces its terrible march through Europe from the Italian cities to Scandinavia.

Miss Roxanne’s Picks: Ocean Animals

Summer is great time to read about the ocean and the animals that live in it.  Here are some great books that we have at the Adamstown Area Library!

Click the picture to find the book in the catalog.

A story about a fish who thinks he has to grumpy!  A new friend shows him that he can be friendly.

The story of a fish with beautiful shiny scales who learns to share.

A non-fiction book with beautiful pictures of animals.

Another non-fiction book with beautiful illustrations of sea animals.

The story of a father seahorse carrying the eggs and different sea creatures he meets before his babies are born.

An ocean animal for every letter of the alphabet!