Since Bitchery members are big library fans, I wanted to ask you about library programming that you’ve found enormously successful. I’m currently pitching myself as a speaker at libraries, especially those that have a strong fiction and romance collection, but I’m also friends with a few people who serve on library boards.
I think one of the outcomes of a sour economy is an increase in library card registration – I know I jumped on the chance to join the NYPL once I learned I was eligible, which means I have two libraries to choose from. But perhaps new programming initiatives might bring more people into the libraries in their towns – libraries they are already paying for. Increased use of facilities provides a rather interesting cyclical phenomenon: more people coming for fun events means more people using the library and building the community of library patrons… which means more people will get behind library intiatives which may yield more financial assets for the library to use for… wait for it… more fun events and programs!
So, what programs have been successful in your area? Are there particular romance-genre-centered events that you enjoy and would love to see more of? What programs at your library do you absolutely adore? And what types of services or events would you like to see?