Your Name, in a Book: The Lancaster Public Library’s Upcoming Adopt-a-Book Event
Picture books. Cookbooks. Novels.
A library cart filled with an array of new books sits in a conference room, colorful covers and characters peeking out of the stacks. The Friends of the Lancaster Public Library is gearing up for its annual Adopt-a-Book event—each board member present at this March meeting pores over the selection, grabs a book or two, and poses for a promotional photo.
There’s always excitement in picking out a book—whether, like here, you’re looking for the perfect picture prop, or you’re taking it out on loan from your local library, perusing shelves at your favorite local indie shop, or, in the case of this upcoming fundraising event, picking out the perfect title to leave behind—for others to find.
The Adopt-a-Book program, which began more than a decade ago, allows book lovers and library supporters the chance to decide what the library should add to its expanding collection.
Holly White, president of the Friends of the Library (a volunteer board that helps support the library), says this year’s adoptable books run the gamut: cookbooks, graphic novels for teens, historical nonfiction, even audio books—many of which are newly released. White says the idea is to help fill the library with “a robust and fun-to-read collection for all.”
The process is simple: people show up to the event and browse available books. Then, once they’ve selected the book (or books!), bookplates designed by local artist Freiman Stoltzfus are placed inside the book and a calligraphy artist will then adorn that plate with the name of the purchasers or the person to whom the book is honoring. Purchased books are then “adopted” into the library’s collection. Then, moving forward, everyone who checks out that book will know the item was donated to the library by one of their Lancaster County neighbors.
Donors can, of course, place their own names on the book plates, but White explains that people also often adopt a book in memory of a loved one or as a tribute to someone special.
“For example, if your mom really loved cooking and she has passed, you could put her name in the book,” she said.
Another common book adoption option is to honor someone still in your life, for example, grandparents have adopted books for each of their grandchildren. What’s more, is that White says the Friends of the Library can make a note to allow the adoptee to be the first person to check out the book once it’s officially in the system. She explains that kids often love the surprise of seeing their name in “their” book.
The Adopt-a-Book event will also feature a selection of hors d’oeuvres and wine, as well as live music. So, people can choose a book, but also linger around to chat with fellow book lovers and volunteers.
“Who doesn’t love to walk around with some wine, look at books, and hear music?” White asked.
She adds that if someone is interested in adopting a book but cannot make the event, they can send in a donation and specify the type of book or a specific genre and the Friends of the Library will find an appropriate book and have a book plate created.
As for White, a mother of four, we asked of if there was a book she had her eye on.
“In the [aforementioned] photo I was holding ‘The Great Gilly Hopkins,’” she said. “I do always look through the kids’ books.”
QUICK EVENT DETAILS:
Lancaster Public Library Adopt-a-Book
Lancaster Public Library, 125 N. Duke Street
Friday, April 7, 4 to 7 p.m.
Adoption prices vary
Other upcoming Friends of the Library-sponsored and official Library events include the annual book sale in May and several Sunday Barnstormers home games for which a portion of ticket sales (from the library’s link) benefit the library. Like the Lancaster Public Library on Facebook to get event updates.