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Facebook for Libraries

Updated on August 15, 2015
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A librarian through and through, Virginia Allain writes about book topics, researching, and information for library users and librarians.

I was the library director for about 10 years at this library in Texas.
I was the library director for about 10 years at this library in Texas. | Source

Activities and Quotes for a Library's Facebook Page

Don't miss out on all the fun and free publicity your library can have with Facebook. It's easy to get started and before you know it, all your patrons will be interacting and commenting.

I'll show some examples of great ways libraries are using it to keep their regular users engaged and entertained and to attract new ones.

Don't miss out on this great way to reach more of an audience in your community.

10 Status Updates to Spark Interaction - for Library Lovers

Post one of these every so often to get your fans participating.

Asking them a question now and then can get some lively discussions going.

  1. Who is your favorite author?
  2. What are you reading right now? What book is on your bedside table?
  3. What do you love about libraries and librarians?
  4. Tell about a favorite book from your childhood.
  5. Share your best tip for encouraging a child to read.
  6. Where is your favorite spot to read?
  7. Which do you prefer: ebook, paperback or hardback book?
  8. How many books do you read in a month? In a year?
  9. Share your tips for encouraging a child to read.
  10. Do you read in bed?

Slide Program Explaining Using a Facebook Page to Promote a Library - Fifty Minute Talk on YouTube

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You probably already have this book or a similar one on the shelf in your library. Start browsing through it for tips to make the most of social interaction on the Internet.


What Can You Put on the Library's Page? - Everything!!

  • Closing announcements (holidays, etc.)
  • New service announcements
  • Upcoming programs and events
  • Photos of book displays, of areas in the library, of successful events
  • Feature staff (maybe showcase a staff member of the week or of the month)
  • Links to book related topics
  • Feature photos of volunteers doing things to benefit the library. It's a good way to recruit more help.
  • Take photos of your book displays and post those. It encourages people to drop by.
  • Share library statistics on the number of books checked out or the number of children participating in the summer reading club.

Doing Reader's Advisory on the KC Public Library Facebook Page

This is a clever use of social media. By suggesting book titles here, you are reaching an audience that might not bother to ask at the reference desk inside the library.
This is a clever use of social media. By suggesting book titles here, you are reaching an audience that might not bother to ask at the reference desk inside the library. | Source

Post an Inspiring Status - about Books, Libraries, Reading or Librarians


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Post an Inspiring Status or Quotation - about Books, Libraries, Reading or Librarians

  • Librarians - The original search engine
  • A life without books is unthinkable
  • Addicted to books
  • A good book is a true friend.
  • BOOKS light up the mind.

Librarians - The Original Search Engine


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      4 years ago

      Goodness... I hadn't even thought of my library having a Facebook page. I just went to look - and there it was! The children's librarian is a former Squid, so I wouldn't be surprised if she's the moderator there.

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      Tony Payne 

      4 years ago from Southampton, UK

      I think it's a great idea for libraries to get involved with Facebook. Many companies and organisations seem to be doing this and it seems to be working well. Ought to work for libraries too.

    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @Monika Weise: Great idea... librarians are always overloaded with projects, but are usually underfunded though.

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      chi kung 

      6 years ago

      To be honest I got tired of updating the facebook pages all the time and haven't seen any good sides to them so I update them from time to time for fun

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      Monika Weise 

      6 years ago from Indianapolis, IN USA

      I think any organization, including libraries, that is not using Facebook is missing out on a free chance to reach a bigger audience. I'm going to check and see if my local library has a Facebook page. If not, that might be a good chance for me to get a paying gig running it for them.


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