With the arrival of a new month, Volume 11 of the Social Library brings a collection of worthy celebrations to our weekly feature highlighting the great work of those libraries we follow on Facebook.
- The Lafayette Public Library in Colorado is encouraging patrons to turn off TV's and iPad's for National Screen-Free Week and visit the local Rec Center, complete an activity log and then get a free book!
- The DC Public Library is celebrating National Bike Month with "free bike repair, library bike rides, storytimes, 3-D printing, crafts and more. Patrons can participate in the #ReadRideDC contest all month and be entered to win a prize.
- The La Porte County Public Library in Indiana unveiled their new StoryWalk® project, in collaboration with the City of La Porte Park and Recreation Department. "StoryWalk® is an innovative way for children and families to enjoy reading and the outdoors at the same time. This project combines the benefits of physical activity, time outdoors in nature, literacy, and family time. Laminated pages from a children's book are installed along an outdoor path. You can read the story as you walk. This StoryWalk® will be in place throughout the walking season and will feature a new story every month. Members of the community are encouraged to attend this opening day ribbon cutting." - La Porte County Life
- We can't pass up mentioning a few of the many libraries who celebrated Star Wars Day. The Young Adult Department of the Clinton Public Library and the Bedford Public Library hosted movie marathons, and the Livermore Public Library hosted Star Wars Days - Lightsabers and costumes encouraged.
- A number of libraries are helping to grow awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month, including these two in Pennsylvania: the Cumberland County Library System, is featuring books from their collection on mental health, and the James V Brown Library in Williamsport, who is hosting the STAY, a photo exhibit which "explores the causes and consequences of childhood and adolescent depression, its manifestations, and paths toward healing."
We look forward to seeking out next week's treasures from those we follow on Facebook. If you have innovative and impactful programs going on at your library that you'd like to showcase, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Facebook.
Thanks to all of this week's featured libraries for such outstanding service to your communities!