Social Library, Volume 159

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Image courtesy Lewes Public Library on Facebook

We continue our Social Library series, featuring the innovative ways libraries are adapting programming to virtual formats to engage with their communities through art, language practice, and pets, and highlighting the ways libraries invite creative and artistic contributions to the community memory, including during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you'd like to see your library featured in an upcoming edition of the Social Library, let us know via or find us on Facebook.

  • Berryville Public Library in Arkansas is accepting submissions for their Mural Design Competition, for a 8x16 foot space on one of the library's external walls. With more libraries looking at ways to make their outdoor spaces more welcoming, what a wonderful way to showcase local creativity. The entry information includes a quote from Julie Hall, library director, “Creativity, community, and curiosity are all at the heart of our mission, here at the Berryville Library. We are eager to see how an artist can transform those ideals into an eye-catching image that can speak for the library and spark people’s imaginations today and well into the future.” And there's a $250 cash prize to the winning design!

Self-Portrait by Ann Chaikin, image courtesy Whatcom County
Library System on Facebook

  • Whatcom County Library System in Washington is posting a Friday Feature each week, highlighting contributions to Peoples’ Perspectives: COVID-19 in Whatcom County, a county-wide, multimedia initiative to capture and archive local experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. "How will we remember life in Bellingham and Whatcom County during the Stay Home, Stay Healthy quarantine? And how will we share the story with future generations? Now is the time to record our impressions." On July 3 they shared the work of local artist Ann Chaikin, who entered her project in Allied Arts Of Whatcom County Creative Challenge.