Libraries showcased in this week's edition of the Social Library are finding different ways for community members to give back. From a library garden who donates produce to a local food bank, to another who hosts an "Adopt-A-Book" fundraiser, these libraries are creating meaningful connections that have an impact. Also featured is a library who recognizes this year's Top Borrower, leveraging local press to bring the library story to life through this patron's special story. 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.
- The Berkeley County Library System in South Carolina shared that the Sangaree Library Community Garden officially had their first sizable fall crop donation. The garden opened this past June, and produce grown benefits the local Helping Hands of Goose Creek Food Bank. In this wonderful harvest, they donated radishes, cherry tomatoes, swiss chard, kale, oregano, rosemary, and sage.
- Chattahoochee Valley Libraries in Georgia shared a wonderful article written by the local paper about their library's Top Borrower. This profile of Tanya Mayfield and her two daughters is a wonderful example of how to shine a light on patrons, so their story can be the library's story!
- The Public Library of New London, CT shared posts for Adopt-A-Book, the library's annual fundraiser held each fall from October to December. The library updates a list with titles to adopt, and individuals complete a form to pay via PayPal to finalize the adoption. Books up for adoption were highlighted on Facebook during the fundraiser. It looks like they were close to reaching their goal of $2,500!
- Marshall Public Library in Texas is using the Book Riot Literary Advent Calendar each day on Facebook, to share a Christmas poem, essay, or short story. What a fun way to bring some literary goodness to your library's social media!
- Jefferson County Public Library in Colorado shared a wonderful blog post asking, "How do you connect with the library?" The article suggests a number of ways to connect (Give money; Volunteer; Donate books; and Share your library experience) noting that "the more people we can connect with, the stronger our community becomes."
Thanks to all of this week's featured libraries for such outstanding service to your communities!