The Social Library, Volume 16

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Image courtesy of the Sandusky Library on Facebook

From saving lives, to loaning bikes, Volume 16 of our Social Library series showcases how libraries are making a real difference in their communities. Many of you are in the midst of launching your summer reading programs, and so we're also sharing highlights from a few libraries who are doing the same. As always, we're so impressed with all the fantastic things happening at libraries we follow on Facebook.

  • The Sandusky Library in Ohio announced a wonderful new addition to Summer Reading. When children reach their Summer Reading goals and submit their reading log they will receive a yard/window sign announcing, "A Library Superstar Lives Here!" What a fabulous way to recognize young patrons and to promote the library's commitment to growing readers!
  • The Stark County District Library, in Canton, Ohio, is teaming up with their local parks and recreation department to launch BikeSmart, a new bike share network for the county. Unlike fee-based bike shares, the program makes it possible for all Stark County District Library card holders to use the BikeSmart network for free. And other non-card holders can still rent a bike with a credit card for the usual hourly fee. Check out these photos from Friday's launch of BikeSmart.
  • The Roselle Public Library District in Illinois participated in their community's 56th Annual Rose Parade. They are sharing pictures of the Read to the Rhythm float on their Flickr page.
  • Image courtesy Central Mississippi Regional Library System on FacebookThe Central Mississippi Regional Library System is hosting Super Foods! at the Mendenhall Public Library. As part of their preschool summer reading programming, this event will teach young patrons about foods that give extra power and provide a super hero boost of energy. What a fantastic tie-in to the superhero theme!
  • The Pico Rivera Library, a branch of the County of Los Angeles Public Library in California hosted Sidewalk CPR with the team from Fire Department Station 25. Part of the city-wide Sidewalk CPR Day, and held in conjunction with National CPR Week, this is a simple, yet impactful way to partner with fire and safety agencies in the community. "Hands Only CPR focuses on the first few minutes following a cardiac arrest, since the lungs and blood contain only enough oxygen to keep vital organs healthy for that amount of time." Community members were invited to learn the new Hands Only method of CPR in 10 minutes, for free. Firefighters and medical professionals provided free training at libraries, stores, community centers, fire stations, medical facilities and other convenient locations across Los Angeles County. "Last year, more than 17,000 people in Southern California learned how to save a life." There is information on hosting a Hands Only CPR event on the American Heart Association website.

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, or find us on Facebook.

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