The Adamstown Area Library is pleased to announce the appointment of Andrea Black as the new Youth Services Librarian/Assistant Director for Adamstown Area Library (AAL). In her role as Youth Services Librarian, she will provide comprehensive library services for children from birth through teen years. Andrea will present story times, develop new programs, serve as liaison to schools and community organizations, and continue AAL’s history of quality library services to children and their families. Andrea received her Master’s in Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked in public libraries for 6 years in several capacities—as Youth Services Librarian at Middletown Public Library, as the Branch Manager at East Pennsboro Library, and as the Library Director at Dillsburg Area Public Library. “We are very happy to have Andrea on board and are looking forward to all of the new and creative ways she will service the community by administering literacy-based story times & crafts and STEAM & STEM programming,” said Library Director Kathy Thren.
Carol Hinrichs, who has been the Children’s Librarian/Assistant Director at AAL for the past 17 years, will go into partial retirement when Andrea Black begins her work as the new Youth Services Librarian. Carol started working at AAL on August 13, 2001. When she started, Carol worked here with one other full-time employee and several library volunteers. Since then, Carol says, Adamstown has grown and so has library usage. In 2002, about 200 children participated in the Summer Reading Program. In 2017, the Adamstown Area Library realized a significant increase in their Summer Reading participation with attendance of nearly 1300 children. AAL has also been designated as a Family Place Library. Hinrichs will continue working with families at Family Place workshops. Family Place™ Libraries are centers for early childhood information, parent education, early literacy, socialization and family support. “Carol did a fabulous job in her work with children by enriching their lives, making reading fun and winning their affection by serving in her role as our Family Place Workshop Librarian. Because of her notable accomplishments, we are pleased to offer her a part time Librarian position of 10 hours/week,” said Kathy Thren.