The Social Library, Volume 28

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Image courtesy of Denver Public Library on Facebook

Volume 28 of our Social Library series showcases five libraries and library staff who are innovatively and inclusively reaching out to their communities. From city-wide programming in Denver, to Food for Fines week in Missouri, these libraries are finding ways to connect with the needs and interests of people both inside and outside the library, and to inspire community members of all abilities to explore new adventures in learning.

  • The Denver Public Library in Colorado is starting their month-long ‪BrewHa!Ha! celebration. They're "taking a deep look at Denver's obsession with all things brewed, including coffee, craft beer, tea and kombucha. Learn more about Denver's maker culture with programs, special events, tastings and workshops that will leave you refreshed and asking for seconds." The Denver Post has a wonderful write-up about the series including mention that it is part of Outside the Lines. Follow the #BrewHaHa hashtag to watch the library, and the city, celebrate all things brewed!
  • Anythink, also in Colorado, recognized concierge Hannah Martinez, who has been awarded the 2015 Lucy Schweers Award for Excellence in Paralibrarianship, issued through the Colorado Association of Libraries. Hannah was nominated for this prestigious award for her work in spearheading Anythink’s AnyAbility program, designed especially for adults with disabilities. If you're not yet familiar with this unique and innovative library system, explore the Anythink Tank area of their site to learn how they came define their innovative service philosophy.
  • The Osceola Library System in Florida shared a wonderful photo from their Inclusive Activity Night. In what looks to be a monthly event, adults with special needs are invited to attend an activity night just for them. This month they made sand paintings. Does your library provide inclusive programming for adults with disabilities?
  • Image courtesy of NJLA: New Jersey Library Association on Flickr The Mid-Continent Public Library in Missouri is offering a week-long Food for Fines opportunity to their patrons. "Bring boxed or canned non-perishable food items to any MCPL location to pay off your overdue fines and help out your local community. Each single food item will count as $1 off existing overdue fines or replacement card charges, up to $10. You are also welcome to donate items even if you do not have any library fines." Full details are posted to their site.
  • The Kenton County Public Library in Kentucky is hosting a How-to Festival where people can learn 30 things in 3 hours! "Ever wished you could stilt walk, juggle, play the drums, ride a unicycle, grill the perfect steak, be a ninja, use a 3D printer, self-publish a novel, change a tire, read palms, caber toss, change an air filter or do perfect Halloween makeup? You can learn all of that and more at the How To Festival. This free event is for the whole family!" A similar festival is held annually at the nearby Louisville Free Public Library and according to the Courier-Journal, last year's event drew nearly 4000 people.

We look forward to seeking out next week's treasures from those we follow on Facebook AND to hear from more of YOU! 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!