New Oxford

122 North Peter Street New Oxford, PA 17350
phone: (717) 624-2182

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Happy Anniversary

     In 2015, the New Oxford Area Library branch of the Adams County Library System celebrates 32 years of service to the residents of the New Oxford Borough and surrounding municipalities. The Library has one full time Branch Manager and one part-time assistant.  The Library is open 36 hours per week with an average of 2300 patron visits.    
      Programs- Library users can participate in any of the 24 programs scheduled each month. The library programs include:  book discussions for adults, Fiber Art Fantasy- Knitting for Adults, computer classes, Toddler and Preschool Story times as well as reading aloud to KPETS Therapy Dogs. During summer months the library has a Summer Reading Club and special programs are scheduled to encourage reading during the summer break from school.  The Library also partners with area schools and childcare groups to provide library information, tours and special programs.
     Volunteers-Mary Ellen, a retired Reading Teacher, continues to read stories for the preschool classes visiting the Library weekly. She has been a library volunteer for over 8 years and we hope to have her reading for many years to come.  Casi, a KPETS Therapy Dog, visits the library with Maryanne and her other dog friends to have the kids read aloud to them. Our KPETS dogs have been coming to the library for over 4 years.  Always well received, our children are improving their reading skills and can enjoy petting the dogs.
     Endowments at the New Oxford Area Library-Endowments are gifts invested on behalf of the New Oxford Library. Each year, the income from the funds is used to purchase materials for the New Oxford Area Library. Book plates are placed on these items indicating the name of the fund used.  The library posts a list of titles purchased with these funds in the fall of each year. In 2015, over 50 books were purchased. The staff and patrons have made suggestions for titles for these materials.  The first endowments were created in 2000 for our library. The endowment In Memory of Clara Stock is used to purchase children’s books. Clara began working with the New Oxford  Borough and the Adams County Library System in 1982 to create the New Oxford Area Library. Clara was the first librarian and retired in 1994.  A second endowment, In Honor of the Friends of the New Oxford Area Library, was created that year. This fund also supports children’s materials. The endowment In Memory of Blanche Flaherty Smith was created in 2002. Ms. Smith was a longtime New Oxford Library patron.  In Honor of the Friends of the New Oxford Area Library Endowment Fund for General Books was established in 2008. Named Endowments are a meaningful way to honor a person or organization in perpetuity.  Donations to increase the funds can be made in any amount and at any time, to support the New Oxford Area Library.
     The Adams County Library System appreciated the opportunity to partner with the New Oxford Borough in order to provide library service to residents of the New Oxford community.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Reading is not just for kids

Public libraries are preparing activities for the summer break for school students. But there are activities for all ages.

 Adult, Teen’s and Children’s Summer Reading clubs at the library encourage readers to read, report titles or time and then have an opportunity to receive a prize. A win -win situation for everyone and all it takes is for you to pick out a book and read. Registration begins June 1 and the clubs end on Aug 8th.  See your librarian for more information.

The Book Shelf- An Adult Mystery Book Discussion group -The Library provides the materials for the book discussions – books, audio and EBooks as they are available. The next title is Batter Off Dead by Tamar Myers for June 4th at 9:00AM.
    The Readers Forum an Adult Readers Book Discussion group meets on the second Thursday of the Month at 9:00AM. We will be reading Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers the June 11 discussion.
Basic computer classes will be scheduled. Registration required - Windows 7, Basic Email, Word 2007 or 2010, Cut-copy and paste or Searching the Internet. Contact  Wilma to schedule your class.

Adams County Library System/New Oxford Area Library 122 N. Peter St., New Oxford, PA  17350  Phone: 717-624-2182
Monday & Thursday 2PM – 8 PM Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 11 AM – 5 PM
Saturday 10 AM – 4 PM Sunday CLOSED

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Summer Activities at the library

Adams County Library System-
New Oxford Area Library
122 N Peter St  New Oxford, PA 717-624-2182
2015  Summer Reading at the library  June 8  – August 8
Register, READ, Report your time and receive prizes.

           Registration required- limited seating.
Thursday June 18th,  10:00AM 
 Jesse Rothaker Forgotten Friends  
 Monday June 22,  6:30PM  Read aloud  to KPETS Casi & play bingo, prizes for all the children who read and play.
Monday June 29th,  6:30PM  Anne Griffith Storyteller

Thursday July 2,  2PM-7PM- Craft day- make and take a craft kits. Thursday July 9,  6:30PM KPETS dogs and Donna Gomer will be
 teaching a Pet Safety Program.
Monday July 13, 6:30PM Read aloud to KPETS dog Casi &  Kids Library Scavenger Hunt.   Prizes for all participants.
Saturday  July 18, 10:00AM-11:30AM Cub Scout Pak 125- Disconnect with games- Monopoly, Pictureka, Domonoes
Thursday July 23rd, 10:30AM – Face Painting with Skeeta.

Thurs. July 30, 6:30PM-8:00PM KPETS READaThon New Oxford and Littlestown Library Books, Kids, Dogs and Buttons!

Thursday August 6th, 6:30PM James W. Muller Adams County Sheriff and Belgian Malinois, Allegra are member of the South Central Emergency Response Task Force. Being Safe
Sat Aug 15 10:00AM – Legos at the library with Stephen.  11:30AM ages 5-14 families are invited to visit the library and help create with Lego bricks-provided by the library.

Thursdays 11:00AM  Kindergarten Here I Come Storytime 
June 4-Clifford   June 11,25       July-16 Obstacle course    
 August 6,13,20,27

Monday, March 30, 2015

Health Help for the Homebound
On April 29, the Littlestown Library and the New Oxford Area Library will present a disaster preparation workshop for the homebound community in Adams County, their family members and caregivers. Workshop hours are 8:30 am to 12:30 pm, followed by a local health fair from 1 pm to 2:30 pm.  Location is the Littlestown Library, 232 N. Queen Street, Littlestown PA 17340, phone (717) 359-0446.  Pre-registration is required.

The workshop‘s goals are a) to increase awareness of disaster response and emergency support services in Adams County, and b) to introduce how an emergency/disaster plan helps reduce risk and increase safety of homebound individual(s) during local disasters.    

The workshop is sponsored by the Adams County Library System, and supported by a grant from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid Atlantic Region.  It is free, primarily for Adams County residents, but all are invited.

With morning and early afternoon sessions, the workshop starts at 8.30 am and closes by 2:30 pm..  The morning program is a panel discussion by members of emergency management, healthcare and local social services agencies, followed by an overview of disaster preparation and planning The afternoon program is a ‘health fair’ where local agency representatives and attendees can meet, visit and share information about health and Adams County support services for the homebound community.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Get Caught Reading at the New Oxford Area Library

Get Caught Reading at the New Oxford Area Library
This library is located in the old Peter Street Building built in 1913. New Oxford Borough offices were established in 1980 and the New Oxford Area Library, branch of the Adams County Library System opened in October 1983. The current location of the library on the main floor of the building opened the doors in 1999.
When you enter this library you will see the book shelves, computers and chairs for leisure reading. You will see the circulation desk where you can register for a library card, check out your items, and receive other information about the library.
Our staff takes pride in making the library an interesting place to come to for materials or information or to read the newspaper or to use the public computers. We like to “catch you” looking at the New Books displays as well as the monthly theme displays of materials.
We display New Nonfiction materials as they come in and of course we will be getting the gardening books out for the people who can’t wait for spring weather. Large print and Biographies will catch your eye on the windowsill in the Adult area of the library as well as the monthly theme books display rack.
Look at the Older Adults display about Time - Prime Time Television shows, Daylight Savings Time and Points in Time -Building a Life in Western Pennsylvania are just a few of the titles. Caregivers will find the titles - You’re Old, I’m Old…Get Used to It and Hope for the Caregiver. Information about the “Library by Mail” service at the library is also available.
           You will see several displays of materials in the children’s area.  Language materials and seasonal books for children are on the windowsill and our Mascot Paige Turner has information about Kindergarten Storytime and the KPETS therapy dogs. We display all the new children’s books that are purchased from the two endowments for children’s materials with additional seasonal theme books on the shelves in the children’s area.
We also have Caldecott Medal titles in the children’s area.  The Caldecott Medal was named in honor of nineteenth-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott born in March, 1896. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children. Be sure to come to the library to check out the Caldecott Medal titles in the children’s area.
Adams County Library System New Oxford Area Library is located at 122 N. Peter St.,   New Oxford, PA  17350
The hours are: Monday & Thursday  2PM – 8 PM  Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday  11 AM – 5 PM
Saturday  10 AM – 4 PM  Sunday  CLOSED