We began our Social Library series nearly three years ago, and we’re pleased to be publishing our 100th edition today! We’ve featured 424 different libraries, representing over 60 states and countries. We have collected each of the editions into a spreadsheet highlighting 112 different themes to describe the libraries’ posts on Facebook, so if you’re looking for inspiration, you can browse and sort the list in a number of different ways. Has your library been featured in the Social Library series? We look forward to continuing to highlight the innovative ways libraries are using Facebook to engage their communities. If you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
- Palm Springs Public Library in California, in anticipation of their upcoming Star Wars Reads Party, shared this video of their extra special book return display. In an additional post, they thank library employee, Yrene, for the fantastic R2D2 creation.
- A special thank you to Poplar Bluff Municipal Library in Missouri for reaching out to tell us about their community reading event called The Book in the Bluff. The pick for this year is “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles. The author will be visiting the library and talking about her book on March 8, and leading up to the author visit, the library is hosting events like the Western Matinee showing of True Grit. With generous sponsorship from Sterling Bank, the library hopes the program will encourage members of the community to pick up and read the same book and discuss. There is also a great blog that goes along with this event.
- Lewis & Clark Library in Montana shared local news coverage of their Bingo for Books program. On the library's site, they share all the details about Book Bingo for Adults, including the bingo card (created using myfreebinngocards.com). The three-month program encourages readers 18 and up, to enjoy exploring books outside their preferred genres, and a chance to win prizes.
- We learned in a post from the Topsham Public Library in Maine about their award to Don Sanders for creating the Bus Book Bags program, now a joint effort between the school district and library, and replicated in a number of communities around the country. The library created a special "Bus Book Bag" account which provides 10 books per bus in decorated canvas bags. When students from every bus (on nearly half of the districts school buses) have read every book, Sanders brings them back to the library for more. The bags are rotated over the course of four weeks, according to the library. Congratulations, Don Sanders, and thank you for your important work in supporting community literacy!
- Milford Public Library in Indiana caught our eye with their Virtual Story Time posts, used to promote upcoming story times with a reading by a librarian. We're always interested in learning how libraries are using videos on Facebook!