We had our first snow here in Colorado last week, and it got me thinking about winter. I love winter: hot chocolate, snow, baking, the holidays, and more time to read—it’s one of my favorite seasons. However, things around the library always get a little slow in the winter months. Circulation is down, and due to people’s busy schedules, attendance at programs is down as well. Teens, like all of our other patrons, get busy with the holidays, schoolwork, and more, and we see less of them.
I’m wondering about what would be a good strategy for this less-than-busy season. As overall usage is down at the library during these months, is building numbers a lost cause? Is it better to stick with some classic programming (like TAB meetings, Game Nights, etc.), but keep the overall programming light and use the extra time for planning for the busier spring and summer months? Or is it possible to fight against the lower usage trends in November and December and do creative, fun programming and other events that could bring more teens in the door? I don’t have answers—I’m hoping this post will spark a conversation.
I’m a relatively new librarian, so I’m curious as to what other librarians do during the winter months. Do you have successful teen programming that you can suggest? Or do you spend the time planning and regrouping for later?