It’s time again to look at what our local chapters are up to!
First off, we’re slowly growing in the number of chapters and members. We have chapters in 25 states and our Facebook members are up to 858! That’s so many people trying to connect to their peers and we’re thrilled to see all your enthusiasm for networking and growing your learning opportunities!
I’ve been peeking at our Facebook groups and checking in with leaders and I can see that some amazing things are happening! I see librarians teaching each other how to play ukulele, sharing job postings, helping with difficult reader advisory’s questions, sharing local resources, and brainstorming programs.
Some of you have had some fun in-person meetings, too! There have been coffee shop gatherings, flannel parties, and storytime show and tells. Look at all of us meeting our neighbors! You know who would be proud?
For some of you, things are going a little slowly and that’s okay, too! The formation of these chapters opens a channel for you to use when you need it. Just like our storytime attendance and planning, it comes and goes and we just stay ready to go with the flow.
Here are a couple things I want to leave you with.
- You don’t have to leave it all up to your chapter leaders. Initiate discussions, offer up ideas, and maybe even offer to host events that are closer to you if your chapter covers a big area. Your leaders should help facilitate connections, but they shouldn’t be responsible for everything.
- We need more chapter leaders! If you’re interested in taking on the role of getting the ball rolling, send us an email with a little information about your background. The joint chiefs will do some checking to make sure you’re a good fit and involved with the SU community already in a positive way, but we’re here to help and to support our leaders and chapters. You do not have to be an MLS-toting professional or even a seasoned veteran. We just want someone with a passion and energy for bringing people together. Reach out to us!