With an unusually large number of videos posted to library Facebook pages this week, we’re bringing you our first format-themed Social Library with five videos to inspire and celebrate. Libraries are using this format to showcase innovative library services and programs, to tell stories of patrons and staff, and to recap events that have taken place. And though not featured below, we encourage you to explore another video phenomenon we discovered on YouTube. If you have any teenage girls in your life, you know that a “haul” video features someone talking about what they’ve recently purchased, or in this case, what they’ve checked out from the library. Do a search for “library haul” and take a look at the many book lovers who are doing book talks on YouTube! We hope you continue to enjoy our weekly highlights of the great work happening in libraries. If you'd like to see your library featured in the Social Library series, please let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org, or find us on Facebook.
- DC Public Library shared a post from A Creative DC celebrating #ourDCPL which included two videos showcasing all the wonderful reasons to go to the library. "From workshops and free concerts, the Fab Lab to the Punk + Go-go archives, there's something for everyone to take part in or pull inspiration from, and we've loved partnering with them on our monthly residencies at MLK."
- The Utah Library Association shared a video from The Young Turks about Nancy Allen, a librarian in Arkansas who has chosen to wear a hijab in solidarity with Muslim women in her community, and around the country. Additional local coverage quotes, "My goal is support American Muslim women who may be facing fear and discourtesy, discrimination and support of religious freedom of expression," Allen said. "I'm not usually a big statement-maker but I was moved in a negative way by the xenophobic comments that are coming down the pike."
- And with the release of the new Star Wars movie, we of course couldn't pass up showcasing the Lafayette Public Library and the Hour of Code: Star Wars Stop Motion Movies. This Colorado library hosted a full Hour of Code week, culminating with the stop motion workshop. Learn more about hosting your own Hour of Code event, and check out this recent EduTech article, Learning to code vs. coding to learn.
- The New York Public Library shared an inspirational "Library Stories" video, Destined to be a Librarian, with Dawn Collins (Zimmerer), Senior YA/Teen Librarian, sharing the story of her journey of becoming a librarian. It will likely sound familiar to many of you!
- And for our final video, we couldn't pass up this holiday sing-along snippet from the Lansdowne Public Library Juggernaut String Band Holiday Concert. Here's hoping your week is festive and joyous!
Thanks to all of this week's featured libraries for such outstanding service to your communities!