As libraries closed their buildings to the public, many have engaged community members through virtual social activities.
Sherwood Public Library (pop. 23,873) in Oregon moved their Tuesday Trivia programming online to Facebook by publishing their questions and accepting answers in real-time by email and Facebook Messenger.
Chapel Hill Public Library (pop. 59,852) in North Carolina has begun promoting their new audio story collection on Twitter. The Chapel Hill Public Library is a key partner in the Chapel Hill Community History initiative. This archival project allows residents to share by voicemail stories about how lives have and are changing as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
Palo Alto City Library (pop. 68,691) in California offers daily recommendations from their online collections and virtual programming through their Instagram story and highlights these recommendations in newsletters and on the library’s homepage.
Duluth Public Library (pop. 86,859) in Missouri developed a set of “Closed for COVID-19” Bingo games, for both adults and kids, that included options showcasing the online library resources.
Tyler Public Library (pop. 104,798) in Texas has moved their adult book club online through Facebook Groups and have launched virtual movie watch parties and discussions featuring movies available through Kanopy.
St. Charles City-County Library (pop. 360,485) in Missouri has developed a hashtag campaign (#myLibraryatHome) to engage with library users accessing and sharing about their digital resources, including several instagram posts.