The Social Library, Volume 5

Jennifer Peterson /

With the fifth installment of the Social Library, our weekly feature highlighting the great work of those organizations we follow on Facebook, we find libraries sharing music with their communities, another supporting budding entrepreneurs, new research from the Pew Research Center, one library honoring volunteers and another supporting community members and their hair.  

Here's some inspiration from this week's featured organizations:  

  • Image courtesy Crandall Public Library on FacebookA number of libraries featured music events this week. Thanks to Geek the Library for sharing the article about Drumming Around Town with Jeromy A. Bailey, a new monthly series held at branches of the Arlington Public Library in Texas. The Aurora Public Library in Colorado announced their free weekly music classes, Between the Notes. The Crandall Public Library in Glen Falls, New York hosts concerts at their Folklife Center, and last week, the community learned how to Country Line Dance with Tony Marcantonio.
  • The Mid-Continent Public Library recently launched their Square One Small Business Services, as featured in the Kansas City Business Journal. The initiative, funded by the Kaufmann foundation, includes classes on business basics, boot camps with local entrepreneurs, and a Storytime Series which "helps business owners learn the art of effectively telling their business story," especially important "when pitching to a bank for financing." Congrats to Mid-Continent CEO Steven Potter, and his staff, for this great work!
  • The Bishan Public Library celebrated #FOLFriday (Friend of the Library Friday) to recognize and recruit volunteers. Fantastic idea!
  • The Pew Research Center released a report on Public Libraries and Hispanics. Findings include data that indicates immigrant Hispanics use libraries less, but those who do appreciate them the most.
  • Image courtesy Chattahoochee Valley Libraries on Facebook
  • The Mildred L. Terry Public Library, of Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Georgia, hosts a monthly Naturally U gathering for local women who choose to wear their hair natural. They share experiences, tips, and resources and discuss the politics and upkeep of natural hair.

We look forward to seeking out next week's treasures from the libraries 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, or find us on Facebook. Thanks to all of this week's featured libraries for such outstanding service to your communities!