Social Library, Volume 144
This edition of the Social Library series highlights the range of events that libraries are hosting, from a Harry Potter lock-in to banned books trivia, and from bear safety to retirement boot camp. These events demonstrate that libraries are committed to meeting the needs and interests of all ages and that there are unlimited ways to do so! If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org or find us on Facebook.
- Virginia Beach Public Library in Virginia hosted the very successful Harry Potter Lock-In at their Tidewater Community College/City Joint-Use Library last month. The Virginia-Pilot shared that "children in third- through fifth grades played at 20 activity stations including opening the vaults at Gringotts Wizarding Bank, picking out magical accessories at Garrick Ollivander’s wand shop and eating their favorite ice cream at Florean Fortescue’s Parlour in Diagon Alley." In addition to the photos on Facebook, be sure to check out the "green screen" photos shared on Flickr.
- Dolores Public Library in Colorado has a Bear Aware Adult Safety Program on their calendar this week. The two-hour workshop will cover bear safety for residents in this small town (est. pop. 958) in southwest Colorado, down valley from the San Juan Mountains.
- Chatham-Kent Public Library in Canada was in the news for Book Bash, the Canadian Children's Literature Festival, a free event featuring a variety of activities and programs with Canadian children’s authors, illustrators and entertainers, highlighting First Nations and French-language literature and culture. The Chatham Voice covered the event, detailing that "more than 800 students from across Chatham-Kent were able to meet local authors, learn some coding, check out engineering clubs and robots, browse through tons of books, listen to stories and watch Indigenous dancers, all for free October 23."
- Lawrence Public Library in Kansas hosted Beyond "Good Night Moon," a workshop for grandparents which is part of their Retirement Bootcamp Series, "a new initiative designed to help retirees find purpose, friends, financial support, health and happiness." "Learn from famed LPL storyteller, Miss Linda, who will teach you tips and tricks to make memorable at-home storytimes with your grandkids."
- The Alamogordo Public Library in New Mexico hosted a Banned Books Week Trivia Night. We love this idea and found a couple resources that might help libraries get some trivia questions ready for next year. The Hickory Stick Bookshop shared answers to nine trivia questions they asked customers and, though there are no answers, the National Coalition Against Censorship shared a list of 35 questions a few years back.