Social Library, Summer Reading Edition

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Image courtesy San Juan Island Library on Facebook

This special edition of the Social Library series is published in collaboration with the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL), highlighting great ideas shared by libraries on ARSL's amazing and active Listserv (a wonderful benefit to Membership!). Read the first and second articles we've published in collaboration with ARSL.

These five libraries serving small and rural communities around the country are creatively promoting their innovative summer reading programming on Facebook. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, please let us know via or find us on Facebook.

  • San Juan Island Library in Washington (service area population: 7,810) kicked off their "Universe of Stories" summer reading program with their version of a Jedi Training Academy. "We have activities planned for you and a cool galactic photo booth with Star Wars props. Register for our summer reading program while you munch on snacks from our Library Cantina."
  • Athena Public Library in Oregon (service area population: 1,627) hosted their first Rocket Science Class last week, constructing paper rockets and hypothesizing about how far they would travel and how best to place the fins. "How can we create the most stable rocket without adding too much weight?" It was also great to see the impromptu post one evening, encouraging library friends to go look outside, to find Jupiter to the right of the moon!
  • Image courtesy Sharon Public Library on FacebookSharon Public Library in Massachusetts (service area population: 18,027) know that Peeps aren't just for springtime! They shared an album of the Peeps dioramas created by patrons, based on the Summer Reading theme of "A Universe of Stories." They instructed that "voting can be done in person at the library, or online by clicking like on any of the Facebook pictures." Congratulations to the winners!

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