The Social Library, Volume 43

Jennifer Peterson /

Image courtesy Niles District Library Teen Page on Facebook This week's collection of Social Library events and resources represents how libraries are connecting with patrons of all ages, backgrounds and interests. From teen book speed dating to STEM backpacks, and from patron thanks to patron stories, this short list of inspiration will remind you of the scope of your work, and the impact of your service. 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, or find us on Facebook.

  • Niles District Library in Michigan shared Niles District Library Teen Page's announcement of their upcoming event, Book Speed Dating. "A unique book club for teens, with no reading beforehand! This is Book Speed Dating! You will have 5 minutes to read through a book, and decide whether or not you like it. After the speed dating, we will talk about the books."
  • Warren-Newport Public Library in Gurnee, Illinois, on their Spanish-language Facebook page, Biblioteca Pública Warren-Newport, shared a wonderful set of photos from their Las Posadas celebration along with a thank you in Spanish. Here's a rough translation into English: "Thanks to all our users who participated in the Las Posadas program yesterday. Families spent an enjoyable time recalling traditions of our countries, which we must teach our children and not lose. We wish you Holidays filled with peace and love, gathered with family, and that the New Year will bring you joy. Thank you for making the Warren-Newport Public Library part of your everyday."
  • Image courtesy Frisco Public Library on Facebook
  • The Frisco Public Library in Texas shares on "More Backpacks Monday" information about their STEM Backpacks. This week's theme of Habitats & Biomes explores "What animals live where? Why? How?" This young patron has checked out one of the backpacks, made available through an IMLS grant, as explained in this Frisco Enterprise story.
  • Bucks County Free Library in Pennsylvania shared a wonderful slide show they've created with a collection of "thank yous" they received from the community. What a simple yet powerful way to share patron thanks and to encourage the community to continue their support of the library.
  • Anythink libraries in Colorado shared an interview with a community member, telling his story of his journey out of homelessness. Are there people who come to your library who have a story to tell? What a great way for the library to make it possible for community voices to be heard.

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