Social Library, Donation Drive Edition

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Image courtesy Free Library of Philadelphia on Facebook

In this special edition of the Social Library series, we're highlighting five examples of libraries hosting drives to collect donations for community members in need. From socks to prom dresses, and toys to toiletries, these libraries are creating partnerships with organizations so that patrons can contribute towards growing stronger communities. Thank you to all these libraries for their great work, and if you'd like to see your library featured in future Social Library editions, please let us know via or find us on Facebook.

  • Free Library of Philadelphia is participating in the Warm the Sole sock drive. Socks are among the most needed items at homeless shelters, yet are one of the least-often donated items. During the month of February, the Warm the Sole initiative, started by Councilman At-Large Allan Domb, is collecting donations of new socks for ALL ages to provide to the homeless throughout Philadelphia this winter.
  • Sacramento Public Library in California is promoting their Prom Drive, giving new life to previously-loved prom dresses and suits. There are two ways to participate: Adults are invited to bring donations of gently used formal wear, including dresses, suits and other accessories to designated library locations. And then later in the spring, teens (Ages 13-19) are invited to visit one of the participating libraries to get a FREE prom dress or other formalwear. Check out additional information and details.
  • Image courtesy Brevard County Palm Bay Library on Facebook
  • Brevard County Palm Bay Library in Florida is conducting a toy drive for their new L.E.A.F (Learn. Engage. Assist. Fun.) Library. The lending toy library will include toys for both typically developing children and those with special needs, to provide families more tools to assist with learning through play at home.
  • Thomas Memorial Library in Maine hosted a book launch party for Still a Family with author, Brenda Reeves Sturgis. The book tells the story of a young family's experience with homelessness. See the lovely photos of this special story time as well as the gingerbread cookies generously donated by a local bakery. The library also collected toiletries and other items to be donated to local agencies serving families experiencing homelessness.
  • Image courtesy Morrill Memorial Library on Facebook
  • Morrill Memorial Library in Massachusetts is participating in the 10th Annual PJ Drive, with the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners and the Boston Bruins. Library staff wore PJs the day the drive launched, which will continue through mid-March, collecting NEW pairs of pajamas for babies, kids, and teens in need. "This year, we've set a goal of 400 pairs to beat last year's total of 350!" They hope to be one of the top three finishers in the state to enjoy one of these prizes: A street hockey clinic with Bruins alumnus, a special Bruins Mascot (Blades) appearance; or 200 commemorative Bruins PJ Drive pucks.

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