The Social Library, Volume 31

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Image courtesy Pine River Library- Bayfield's Public Library on Facebook

In Volume 31 of our Social Library series we're highlighting five libraries whose programs and events are bringing community together and showcasing the creative and innovative things happening in and around libraries. From best dressed zucchinis to souped-up baby buggies, these libraries are sure to inspire! We look forward to seeking out next week's treasures from those we follow on Facebook. And if you'd like to see your library highlighted in the Social Library series, please let us know via, or find us on Facebook.

  • The Pine River Library in Bayfield Colorado, the 2014 Best Small Library in America and home of the Pine River Community Garden, held it's inaugural Zucchini Extravaganza this weekend. A wonder flier on the Garden Club's blog covers all the events, including zucchini cook-offs, zucchini contests (biggest, ugliest, best dressed, and best carved), live music and zucchini dishes to share. At the end of the summer, what better way to "get your squash on!"
  • Baltimore County Public Library in Maryland hosted "rocking chair flash mobs" at their various library branches as part of the "Rock, Read, Reimagine" campaign. The week-long celebration was held to demonstrate the creativity and innovation happening in libraries. In Rethinking the library in Baltimore County, shares highlights about the campaign and the library from their interview with Paula Miller, director of BCPL. Also check out the library's Facebook photo stream for some wonderful photos of the celebration.

  • The Eastern Shore Public Library in Virginia has dedicated a table at their main branch for patrons to contribute to solving a Community Puzzle. Much like the benefits of coloring, doing puzzles can help people relax, develop cognitive skills and create human connection.
  • Image courtesy of Aurora Public Libraries on Facebook Aurora Public Libraries hosted the Purrfect Reading Buddy Program, newly launched in partnership with the city of Aurora Animal Shelter. The program "provides children with a chance to practice their reading skills in a fun environment while providing enrichment and socialization for cats waiting for their forever homes! One family even took home a new four-legged family member and another was considering adopting a furry friend."
  • As part of their October family programming, the Bedford Public Library in Texas is hosting a Baby Buggy Brigade at the Library. "Come join in the fun to celebrate all things Baby. Decorate your baby buggy and it's passenger to represent a favorite book or storybook character. All decorated prams are encouraged to participate in the Baby Buggy Parade around the Library! Prizes will be given for the most original and funniest. Vendors will be on hand for information regarding childcare, wellness, early child development specialists, etc."

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