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Library Welcomes a New Executive Director

Retiring Library Director Harold Showalter and incoming Director Nicholas SloneThis February, the Adams County Public Library announces the retirement of Harold Showalter, who has served as Executive Director of the library for fifteen years. During his time as Director, Harold oversaw the Adams County Public Library’s transition to computerization, and major building projects at several of the county’s libraries, including the new North Adams Library building, completed last October. The Adams County Public Library board and staff wish Harold all the best in his retirement, and thank him for his long service to the library.

On February 10, Nicholas Slone joined the Library as the new Executive Director. Nick Slone comes to the Adams County Library from the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library in Waverly, where he was responsible for managing public services and public relations. We look forward to working with Nick Slone, and welcome him to the Adams County Library and the community.

Library Catalog and eBook Catalog Offer New Features

The Adams County Public Library's Online Catalog and eBook Catalog have recently been updated. We're excited to share some of the new, enhanced features of our updated Online Catalog. Use the catalog to find items faster, with more accurate search results. On the left side of the home page, follow links to see lists of the newest items added to the catalog, organized by format, including new DVDs, new fiction, non-fiction, and audio books.

The eBook Catalog has been renamed the Ohio Digital Library, and offers over 125,000 titles for instant download, including eBooks, audio books, movies, and music. Use your library card number and PIN to log in to the eBook Catalog, and check out items that interest you. View these brief instructions to help you get started.


Find out how you can use all the features of the Online Catalog to manage your library account, by watching these short tutorial videos:

North Adams Library Building

North Adams Library Now Open on Moores Road

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the new North Adams LibraryThe North Adams Public Library is open in its new, permanent home at 2469 Moores Road in Seaman, next to the North Adams High School. The Adams County Public Library board, staff, and the local community gathered on September 29 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and dedication for the new building. Thank you to the Friends of the North Adams Library, and to all the many groups and individuals who contributed time and effort to make this dedication such a successful event.

Stop by and visit the North Adams Library during regular library hours, Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. The library stays open until 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday. Browse one of the thousands of new books, audio books, movies, and children's items, use the Internet on a library computer, borrow a library laptop to use in a study area in the building, or connect to our free 24/7 wireless Internet. Need to copy or send a document? Use our scanning station to make copies, send faxes, or scan documents to your USB drive or email account. Check out our dedicated teen area, where kids can read, study, or browse for new books.

North Adams Library Photo AlbumTo see photos of the new library, from the groundbreaking, through the construction process, and the dedication event, visit our online photo album or scan the QR code with your smartphone.

Want to keep up with current events at the new North Adams Library? Don't forget to follow the Adams County Public Library on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Kid Zone

Kid Zone: Explore, Learn, Play

Kid Zone is a collection of librarian tested, kid approved links to online games, learning activities, and research tools that help kids develop literacy skills. Kid Zone offers links to kid-safe websites that offer learning tools and homework help on K - 12 topics, including:

  • Math
  • Science
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Social Studies
  • Music and Art
  • Research
  • Just-for-fun games!

Kid Zone was inspired by watching children enjoy our Early Literacy Station in the library. The games and learning resources listed in Kid Zone are some of the same resources kids access through the Early Literacy Station, freely available over the Internet. Visit the Kid Zone from our Online Catalog. Dive in, and explore, learn, and play!

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Using the Library Catalog

Learn to use the Library Catalog to find books and movies, request items be delivered to the library nearest you, and manage your library account. Use your library card number and PIN to view your checkouts, renew your items, and manage your holds and lists from home.

Visit the Adams County Public Library's YouTube Channel, and click on our favorites to find ebook tutorials and more.

Browse Newest Library Books Online

The Adams County Public Library offers you access to new and recently published books, and we add new titles every week. Stay informed about our newest items by browsing the New Books page.

Browse the library's newest titles in fiction, biography, book on CD, teen fiction, and much more. Click on a book cover to browse a summary of the book, and read a review. Follow a link to reserve that title in the Online Catalog, using your library card number and PIN.

Did you hear about a book this week on a radio or television program? Books on the Air offers a quick review of books mentioned in broadcast media during the past week - and lets you find them in the library catalog.

Borrow eBooks from the Library

Borrow ebooks at the Adams County Public LibraryHave questions about your new device? The Adams County Public Library can help.

Browse the library's collection of eBooks, audiobooks, music, and more, and download them for free to your computer, tablet, ereader, or mobile device. Try the MyHelp Wizard for step-by-step instructions, customized for your device. Watch a short video introducing the online eBook Catalog, and learn to borrow eBooks using your library card and PIN.

Visit the Ohio Digital Library to browse over 125,000 eBooks and audio books, and borrow them using your Library card and PIN. Now, you can even borrow and read eBooks in your browser, without installing special software.

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