The Social Library, Volume 36

Jennifer Peterson /

Image courtesy Sno-Isle Libraries on Facebook

We continue our Social Library series this week with Volume 36, and a healthy dose of inspiration from libraries via Facebook. One library is hosting a TEDx event, another is using Facebook to market library databases; one welcomed pageant royalty, another helps people find their happy, and a few more are empowering local knitters with a cause. We thoroughly enjoy our weekly Facebook library treasure hunt and hope what we find provides you with some fresh ideas or important reminders. 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.

  • Sno-Isle Libraries in Washington, are hosting a day-long TEDx program in November on the theme of "Creating New Futures." "The event aligns with Sno-Isle Libraries' mission to be a community doorway to reading, resources, and lifelong learning, and a center for people, ideas, and culture in Snohomish and Island counties. Locally organized TEDx events like ours bring people together to share ideas in the spirit of TED, the global phenomenon in which experts give short, riveting and inspiring talks." To learn more about how libraries are taking advantage of this engagement opportunity, see TED information on libraries hosting an event, or the wonderful overview of TEDx & Libraries on ALA's Libraries Transform site.
  • Not one, but two libraries caught our attention this week, for their knitting projects. The Click Clack Knitters at Stephenson Memorial Library in Greenfield, New Hampshire are featured in a wonderful new video, inviting newbies and pros alike to get together every Thursday at the library. In addition to their own projects, they're currently working on "Warm hands, Warm Hearts" for local homeless shelters. And the Weber County Library in Ogden, Utah, is "looking for knitted donations of socks, mittens, hats and scarves to hand out at the annual Holiday Open House on December 24th. Every year the library sends out invitations to shelters and the neighboring community to join together for food and entertainment. Knitted donations are handed out to families and individuals in need."
  • Wake County Public Libraries in North Carolina shared their How to Find Your Happy guide on Friday, a wonderful page on their website that collects all things leading to happiness. The collection includes cute animal videos and pictures, a list of words synonymous with happiness, poems on happiness, a book list on happiness, a set of downloadable reads on happiness, and suggested ideas for finding your happiness.  
  • Image courtesy Lodi Memorial Library on Facebook

  • Lodi Memorial Library in New Jersey welcomed Lindsey Giannnini, Miss New Jersey 2015, to the library this week, in conjunction with the Friends of the Lodi Memorial Library's 150th anniversary celebration of Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. The festivities included a reading, Q&A with autographs, a "tea party" and short film. Be sure to browse the Facebook photo album of her visit. Have you hosted your state's pageant royalty at your library?
  • Indianapolis Public Library, in a weekly eResources Friday post, uses Facebook to feature one of the many databases or electronic resources they provide. The posts include information about the databases and how to access these free library resources. Here are additional eResources Friday posts from September 25 and October 9.

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