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Out & About: Lebanon Libraries Cater to Couch Potatoes With #sofasoiree

  • An example of a #sofasoiree post for the upcoming event reads "Comfy Couch? √ Stack of Books? √ Cute Dog? √ Ready to Sofa Soiree? √√√ #sofasoiree." (Courtesy of Emma Wunsch)



Valley News Calendar Editor
Thursday, March 01, 2018

Lebanon — Support the Lebanon Public Libraries this Sunday without leaving the comfort of your own home — or sofa.

The event asks library patrons from all towns to post on social media — with the hashtag #sofasoiree — about how they use Lebanon Public Library and Kilton Public Library resources, including the audiobooks and films they’ve borrowed and the books they’ve taken out.

“The idea is to raise the profile of the library,” said Emma Wunsch, a member of the board of trustees.

You do not need to be a Lebanon resident or a library card holder to participate in the event.

“It’s just supposed to be fun and a way of promoting the libraries,” Wunsch said.

The timing of the event, in its second year, has a purpose: With mud season descending on the Upper Valley, there may be more people spending their Sundays at home.

“If you’re going to participate in something, it’s good to not have to travel to do it,” Library Director Sean Fleming said.

Photographs involving pets and children are encouraged. Participants will be entered to win a library tote bag, sack or travel mug.

“People like to engage in fun events like that,” Fleming said. “You can get as dressed up as you want to or be in your PJs.”

In addition to media offerings, the libraries loan out laptops for people who might not have computer access at their homes.

“That’s one thing we’re engaging in that people might not know about,” Fleming said. The library also recently added digital subscriptions to The New York Times and Consumer Reports that patrons can access from either of the libraries. Library card holders can use their cards to visit the websites from their homes.

“That’s really the foundation of what libraries are about: pooling resources to give access to information,” Fleming said.

Both libraries have also been making more of an effort to reach people through social media, and the #sofasoiree event is a good example.

“We’ve had some real pushes with that,” Fleming said.

Of course, the libraries want people to continue to visit in person, too.

“Once it’s not so muddy and mucky out, if they can make their way down to the library and visit us, that would be great,” Fleming said. “And they can come down in their PJs too. We don’t have a dress code.”

Editor’s note: For more information about the #sofasoiree, visit https://www.leblibrary.com/ or call 603-448-2459 or 603-298-8544. Liz Sauchelli can be reached at esauchelli@vnews.com or 603-727-3221.