Social Library, Volume 93

Jennifer Peterson /

Image courtesy N. P. Sims Library on Facebook

This week's edition of our Social Library series represents a sampling of some of the exceptionally innovative programs, events, and news from the libraries we follow on Facebook. Whether picking up on the latest craze, or reaching unlikely patrons with new community partnerships, these libraries are definitely thinking outside the box! If you'd like to see your library featured in a Social Library edition, please let us know via or find us on Facebook

  • In case you haven't heard, there's a growing fascination for painted rocks out there! N. P. Sims Library in Texas posted this colorful rock photo above to announce their new Reading Rock program. Young patrons are invited to check out a book, along with its matching rock, and then hide the rock around town for another child to find and return to the library (there's a "please return to the library" message on the back of each rock). For each rock returned to the library, there's a prize! One of the comments in the Facebook thread suggests hosting a book-themed rock painting contest—we love that idea too!
  • Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri has launched the World of Chocolate series, as we learned from a visit from the local news. The series will be "exploring one of the tastiest worlds of all—the world of chocolate. Come to the Library and learn what makes chocolate the world’s favorite treat from its role in history to how it’s made and sold." Events include a session on the business of chocolate, a number on the history of chocolate, and multiple chocolate classes and tastings.
  • Image courtesy Jefferson County Public Library on Facebook
  • Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado made the Denver Post this week, with news of the launch of Stouts and Stories, Ales and Tales, "a six week celebration of Jefferson County beer and books with special events, tap parties, contests, prizes and a passport beer tour." Check out the full schedule of events and community partners here: