Tennessee Joins National 'Geek The Library' Campaign To Support Library Funding

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Public libraries across the state – more than 170 so far – are participating in Geek the Library, a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly funding libraries. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can provide resources to support their pursuits.

Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces 'geek' as a verb, and encourages the public to talk about what they 'geek'- whether it's engineering, superheroes, art or other subjects. The public awareness campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something (i.e., everyone 'geeks' something) and that the public library has books and other materials about all of those different interests.  

"This campaign is designed to provoke conversation about the vital role that public libraries and librarians play in our lives," said Secretary of State Tre Hargett. "No matter what your interests are, you can learn more about them at your local library."

The campaign features advertising, social networking elements, a website and grassroots community initiatives to draw attention to the need for increased library support. The website, www.geekthelibrary.org, provides information about how people can get active and support their local libraries.  

Tennessee libraries will be holding various activities in their communities to promote the campaign. Librarians will be speaking at public meetings, attending local fairs and other civic events, hosting storytelling contests and taking other steps to raise awareness.


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