This summer we're going to be offering more programs than ever before at my library. We're pretty excited about this for many reasons: increased foot traffic, increased program attendance, increased circulation...
I'm also a little anxious. We've tried numerous programs in the past that we thought would be fantastic and we thought people would love, but no one came. I feel like every librarian knows this feeling. You plan a program people have been asking for and then no one comes and you question yourself A LOT. Because planning programs takes time and resources. It's frustrating and disappointing when a program is a flop. But we keep going. We keep planning. We keep doing what people ask for.
That's the nature of our business. Sometimes I think the effort is more important than the result. Even if the community doesn't show up in droves, they like to see the program they asked for on the library calendar. They like to know their input was taken seriously.
And once in awhile, you plan a program someone asked for and it's standing room only. That's why we keep going.
So here's to a great summer full of standing room only events!