We had a nice little program at the library tonight. One of our local gals goes on amazing horse adventures. She’s ridden horses in South America, Australia, Africa, and Europe. Tonight she shared her latest exploits down in Jalisco, Mexico. Her stories were full of local culture, history, and horses. It was fascinating in so many ways… seeing different horses, cattle, saddles, crafts, food, entertainment, and scenery!
She spoke to only 10 of us… and I’m really sorry more people didn’t show up. I could think of so many that would have enjoyed this program… but that seems like the way it is anymore.
Holy cow, we’ve had some awesome programs at our little library, but getting people to come is just about impossible. It doesn’t matter if it’s a class or a talk or a re-enactment or WHATEVER…
We make posters for around town, we put it in newspapers and sometimes radio, we post on facebook… (you can go find Ten Sleep Branch Library on Facebook and *LIKE* us, just for fun! I’m hoping to get more followers than the population of Ten Sleep – and you could help!) Prying people back out of their homes is SOOOOOO difficult anymore. I’ve heard tales and read about how the old timers would meet for dances and get togethers and drive hours in buggies to get there and then play games and fish and listen to music and dance and picnic… and then sleep over before heading home! That wouldn’t happen today.
We serve refreshments (the adage that food will bring people in doesn’t work…). We vary our topics. Sometimes we even call people in town to extend invitations! Soo….
Help me out here! What cool things have you done or gone to in your community? What would get you out the door after supper? What tricks get people to come to your meetings? Any recommendations at all on this subject?
It can be very frustrating trying to give to your community, when your community often acts like it could care less.