TOPEKA LIBRARY -- This is the week that everything is a “national-something…” but this is National Library Week, and it’s an opportunity to celebrate what a great public library our community has. Today, Emily Scott, Washburn University Mass Communications senior, and library intern, will be with me to help launch the GEEK THE LIBRARY awareness campaign during National Library Week.
So what do you geek? (Use geek as a verb, describing the things you are passionate about.) Every afternoon you can come to the library, go on Facebook or Twitter and tell us about what you “geek”. Geek the Library is a community-based public awareness campaign aimed at spreading the word about the vital and growing role of the public library. It’s sponsored by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative that provides services to libraries.
This national advocacy campaign is supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. We are working through the State Library of Kansas to utilize this promotion and you will be able to “get your geek on” for the next year. I’ve attached an image from the campaign, but you can also go to www.geekthelibrary.org for more.
Five reasons why you should visit your library this week:
Wednesday and Thursday, 3-5 pm Come to the library atrium and tell us what you “geek”. We’ll take your photo in front of the geek the library backdrop and post the photos on Flickr and Facebook. You can also post what you geek on the library’s Facebook wall
It’s also Week of the Young Child and we have some special programs for our preschoolers.
Wednesday, April 13th: 10 am – Under the Sea (ages 2-5 years) A special storytime that will be fishing for stories, songs and activites about critters who live in the ocean and on the beach. It’s co-sponsored by ERC Resource & Referral. Call 580-4565 to reserve your place.
Friday, April 15th: 9am, 10:30 am and 1 pm -- BLOCK Fest (8 months to 8 years) Learn math and science while playing with blocks. This Topeka Public Schools and Parents as Teachers program educators will demonstrate techniques that you can use to help your child become a math thinker while playing. They are giving away free stuff, so please can 271-3662 so they will have enough supplies.
Saturday, April 16th: 2-5 pm – Green Fair – The third annual community gathering in get your green on style. Over 30 vendors and live music, crafts, games, live animals, and energy-saving tips and demonstrations will help you learn to keep green.
Sunday, April 17th, 3-5 pm – Friends of the Library celebrate 40 years! The Friends of the Library do so many great things that make your public library special. Fumbles the Clown and the Sweet Adelines will entertain you and your family at this causal gathering. If you aren’t already a member, this is a perfect time to join, because the annual Book Sale is coming up September 16-18, and your membership gets you in for Friday’s preview night.
Geek the Library facts!
• The public library’s role in building strong communities and providing valuable community resources is more important than ever. Your public library is the heart of the community. You can hold a meeting here and you can gather with friends and neighbors. We are open 7-days a week, 78 hours a week.
• As the economy continues to struggle, our library is a valued job and career resource. Need help with online job application? Ask a librarian for assistance. Visit our Jobs & Careers neighborhood collection, check out a job search bag or make an appointment for a resume review with Business Librarian Terry Miller.
• According to the American Library Association, approximately 70 percent of public libraries report that they are the only source of free public access to computers and the Internet in their communities. And for millions of Americans, the public library is their only access.
• Last year, librarians helped millions of people find out more about what they geek, discover new interests and search for jobs online. Librarians are passionate about your community, they are passionate about what you geek and they are passionate about you. Call, text, email or IM your library—put us on your speed dial!
• More jobs, higher property values, better schools, increased wages…the public library plays a role in all of it. Many studies support the idea that dollars spent on libraries provide solid economic returns to the community. If you are interested in learning more, please visit geekthelibrary.org.