I've been chatting with Gerard (pronounced like Jared), our local librarian, for a few weeks about how I might be useful to the library in some way. Volunteering is apparently not on for various safety, legal, and union reasons, but he thought a group of some kind would be great. I mentioned a few different ideas I had about that, and said I'd defer to his far superior knowledge of what is possible/desirable given the local community culture and the library system. He said we'd try to get a knitting and crocheting group going. This makes sense because when we first moved here and did not have our home wifi yet, we would go to the library to use the computers there. On several occasions there were also women there at the same time, asking Gerard for help finding and requesting crocheting books. I chatted with a couple of them at the time.
Of course such a group is more than OK with me so I said to go ahead. He said he would start feeling people out to gauge interest and would make a flyer to display. Today he came over for tea and muffins and brought some flyers with him.
This whole way of sort of meandering towards an outcome of some vague sort is good practice for me. I am not used to working this way. I would be more likely to go home from our first discussion and prepare a list of goals, times, etc, before trying to organise the whole thing as soon as possible. But that is not how things are done here and there is no point trying to force things to proceed in the ways that suit me. So I am going with the flow. It is an interesting exercise. And who knows--at the end of it all, maybe there will be a bunch of us sitting around in the library surrounded by yarn. If not, that'll be OK too.