Pettee Memorial Library is participating in Geek the Library, a community-based public awareness campaign. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can support them, in an effort to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.
Geek the Library features local education material that introduces “geek” as a verb, and encourages the public to talk about what they “geek,”whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art. The public awareness campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something, everyone “geeks” something and that the library supports them all.
The campaign website, www.geekthelibrary.org, provides information about how people can get active and support their local library. As the economic downturn slowly recovers, mil-lions of Americans are turning to local libraries for educational opportunities, job-searching resources, and entertainment. The demand for library services has increased while state and local cuts are impacting public library hours, programs, and staffing, forcing some libraries to close indefinitely.
While most people have visited their public library and understand its important role in their community, many do not know that libraries are at risk or that local funding for libraries is heavily influenced by community members.
As a kickoff to launching the Geek the Library campaign, the library will be hosting a Geek Declaration Day. Join in on the lawn of the library from 11 am to 2 pm on Sunday, May 25, to have a picture taken. Some lucky geeks may be included on promotional materials. Rain date to be decided.