Social Library, Volume 147

Jennifer Peterson /

Image courtesy Hoover Library at McDaniel College on Facebook

As we wrap up another year of our Social Library series (we’re approaching our 5th anniversary!), we're pleased to highlight five more libraries that are connecting with their communities in meaningful ways via Facebook. From stress-relieving bubble wrap to intergenerational storytimes, and from dog licenses to patron stories, you’re sure to gather fresh ideas for partners, programs and posts. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via social@webjunction.org or find us on Facebook.

  • Lemont Public Library in Illinois shared photos of their first Timeless Tales Storytime hosted at the local assisted living center, Our Lady of Victory Convent for Franciscan Sisters. Geared towards ages 3-8, the intergenerational storytime included reading snowy stories, making sparkling ornaments and yummy treats. The library has a second session planned for January!
    Image courtesy Bridges Library Systemon Facebook
  • Bridges Library System‎ in Wisconsin posted this wonderful library story and photo highlighting their "library of things" collection. "Our family had the chance to go up north for Thanksgiving. We looked at the weather and they were expecting 9-13 inches, so we decided to get some board games for some inside activities. Then I remembered that the snowshoes were an option, so we checked at the Watertown Public Library. It was a nice thing because it's not something we own. When you're trying something new, you don't know if you necessarily want to spend the fees...so it was a really great way for us to try snowshoeing again. Now we're like 'Yeah, that was fun. Maybe we should look into getting some for ourselves.' It was a neat way to try something new that we wouldn't have necessarily done otherwise. There were lots of good memories made. That was something we are going to remember." ~ Jann, with board games from Delafield Public Library and snowshoes from Watertown Public Library. The library also invites others to share their own library stories. "Has the library helped you make family memories? Tell us in the comments or messages so we can share your story! #IAmTheLibrary #librarystories #librariestransform"
  • Toledo Lucas County Public Library in Ohio highlighted a unique Dog Licensing service, along with programs and blogs for families who love dogs. "Stop into any Library location this month to purchase and/or renew your Lucas County dog license. 🐶 No appointment needed! Learn more at toledolibrary.org/dogs." The service is part of a library partnership with the Lucas County Auditor and Lucas County Canine Care and Control.
  • Hamilton Public Library in New York shared a photo of a note describing how a patron found a missing disc in the refrigerator on top of a hummus container. We love the post and the comment, "Toddler in the house!"