Social Library, Volume 139

Jennifer Peterson /

Image courtesy Livingston Parish Library‎‎ on Facebook

Up next in our Social Library series, we're featuring five libraries who are collaborating with local partners to provide innovative programs and services for their communities. From first responders to a community rec center, and from Death Cafes to charging stations, these examples are sure to inspire. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition, please let us know via [email protected] or find us on Facebook.

  • Livingston Parish Library‎ in Louisiana will be hosting Community Heroes Day in September. "All ages are invited to meet and celebrate first responders who help protect Livingston Parish. Enjoy games, face painting, and more while getting up close to emergency first responder vehicles and learning about everyday heroes in the community. Explore a high-water rescue vehicle, firehouse safety truck, ambulance, police cruisers, and more while enjoying free food from our generous sponsors." First responders from a number of agencies will be available including the Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Fire Protection District, Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, and Ambulance Services.
  • Arlington VA Public Library highlighted their Death Cafe programming in a recent spotlight. "A death cafe is a gathering whose mission is to normalize the topic of death." They've offered a number of Death Cafes, inviting local agencies to join them in leading the informal discussions on everything from advanced directives to funeral costs. The origins of the approach are detailed on the Death Cafe website, where they share a guide to hosting your own Death Cafe. Also check out the Death Cafe page on Facebook.
    Image courtesy Russell Library on Facebook
  • Russell Library in Connecticut, in collaboration with Middletown CT Rec, hosted Book Yak on a Kayak. Participants were invited to bring their own paddle craft and personal flotation device (a limited number of kayaks and canoes were made available) to paddle on Crystal Lake and then group up to discuss The River, by Peter Heller. Be sure to check out the follow up post with wonderful photos by Tara Borden for this one of a kind book discussion.