The Social Library, Volume 37

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Image courtesy Seattle Public Library on Facebook

Volume 37 of our Social Library series begins with bold and impactful programming from the Seattle Public Library and includes a number of food-related events. Though we're not featuring any of your Halloween photos, we were very impressed by all the spooky posts from libraries this week and now, as we transition to the next holiday, we can remember to be grateful for our library buildings, collections, resources and communities. We're pleased to be hearing from readers that they 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.

  • The Seattle Public Library is hosting Startup Weekend EDU, a free 3-day event for teams to design and launch education-focused startups. "Have you ever had an idea for improving education? Here's your opportunity to transform your education ideas into action in 54 hours. Find the right people with complementary skills & the passion to build an education product in one weekend. Design for learning, conduct user tests, receive coaching from experienced education designers & industry professionals and win prizes that will help take your idea to the next level!" Additional information for local developers, educators, designers and other innovators is available here.
  • Marion Public Library in Indiana shares weekly staff picks and invites community sharing in their feature, #FridayReads. "It’s Friday! The staff of MPL are sharing their reading plans and we’d love to hear what books you’ve finished up this week and what you plan on digging into this weekend."
  • Lester Public Library of Vesper in Wisconsin is hosting a Virtual Book Club. Patrons are invited to pick up a copy of the current read (The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein), supply their email, and then for two months, share with other readers in an email book discussion. Just return the book at the end of the cycle, and be ready for the next selection.
  • Image courtesy Suwannee River Regional Library System on Facebook

  • The White Spring branch of the Suwannee River Regional Library System in Florida is partnering with a local chef and restaurant to host a Thanksgiving Preparation & Tasting Event. We can just imagine the collection of cookbooks and other holiday related resources that might be available to check out, in addition to support for budding and seasoned chefs.
  • Penn Wynne Library in Pennsylvania is partnering with a local restaurant as part of their fundraiser Help Us Make Some Dough. It looks like these are regularly occurring fundraising events in which the library partners with local eating establishments who then donate a percentage of sales to the library.
  • And in another food-related fundraiser, the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County in Ohio is holding a Cookbook Silent Auction. Proceeds benefit the Main Library's Cooking Club, which hosts monthly events. "November's theme is Crock Pot Cooking! No need to spend all day in the kitchen when the crock pot does all the work! Make a dish and bring in to share, with the recipe."

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