Social Library, an Early Literacy Edition

Jennifer Peterson /

Image courtesy Bluffton Public Library on Facebook With this edition of the Social Library, we're shifting to a bimonthly series but continuing to highlight the outstanding work of libraries we follow on Facebook. This edition showcases libraries and organizations who are doing great work supporting early literacy efforts in their communities. Community partnerships are key to the success of many of the examples highlighted, with programs, tools, and resources sure to inspire all who serve young learners and their families. If you'd like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, please let us know via social@webjunction.org, or find us on Facebook.

  • Bluffton Public Library in Ohio hosted their first Family Connections Coffee Morning for their community, inviting kids, along with their parents, grandparents, caregivers, and others, to meet with childcare and child development experts from the local area. They posted photos of the event, which included representatives from child development centers, preschools, Bluffton Pediatrics, the county health department (with WIC), as well as the local elementary school to talk about kindergarten registration.
  • The Twinsburg Public Library in Ohio shared the wonderful School Library Journal article, Ohio Storytime Turns Into Life-Changing Program for Low-income Families by Katie Johnson, their youth services manager. Their unconventional yet hugely impactful outreach grew from a pop-up story time hosted outside the library, in an unused room in the local subsidized housing complex. Over time, the library team, in collaboration with multiple community partners, have begun to tackle the challenges that families living in poverty encounter, related to "employment, education, transportation, healthy food, proper healthcare, access to preschool, even reliable phone service."

  • The Naperville Public Library in Illinois shared this wonderful video featuring Margo Burkhardt, their children's services associate, as she practices farm animal sounds to help kids practice early literacy skills. Videos can be a great way to expand beyond storytimes, bringing early learning to families on-demand, available to access when most needed.

Thanks to all of this week's featured libraries for such outstanding service to your communities!