Today, we were talking about how to gain and maintain interest, and we thought this group might be particularly amenable to a blog discussion!
On our blog, if you have to miss a meeting, you'll be able to find out what we talked about and to add your own two cents at any time.
So let's get started. We'd like to figure out a few things:
- What's a good day to meet? It turns out Wednesday apparently isn't ideal, though most of us who stuck it out like the 4:00-5:00 time slot. Would a Tuesday afternoon work for folks? What about Thursday?
- When shall we start up with our next book or topic? If we choose a book, the library needs a few weeks to get copies ordered and processed. Today, Pringle Smith suggested another option would be to find a compelling news article or articles on particular topics that might be relevant to Marion ... interesting!
- What book would you suggest? Any ideas or input? One I proposed today was Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time, by Jeff Speck. You can read more about it, including consumer reviews, by clicking on the title.
I'd suggest we consider topics that are particularly important to Marion right now; think about our own Uptown downtown revitalization and the city's corridor redevelopment, our recent Main Street status, being named as a Blue Zones community. We might look at articles like "Making the Case: New Study Shows it Does Indeed Pay to Become a Healthy Enterprise," or "Activating the Downtown: Arts Initiative Strives to Breathe New Life into Central Business District."
This is our discussion group -- and we can make it whatever we want, take it in whatever direction we like. We can share at our in-person meetings, and continue to discuss and challenge one another between times here on our blog.
Do you have ideas for where we go next? We look forward to hearing from you!
--Jo Pearson, Assistant Director, Marion Library