By Ashley Rader
Owls, art, math, photography, politics, kayaking and ukuleles.
These represent just some of the interests of patrons of the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library, where more information can be found about each – and just about anything else.
Visitors to the ECCPL were encouraged to share their favorite topics during Monday’s kickoff celebration for “Geek the Library.”
The “Geek the Library” campaign gives library patrons the opportunity to share what they love, or “geek.” The campaign is also designed to show how libraries remain relevant in today’s world.
Library Director Mel Goff said the kickoff event went well – and was well received by library patrons.
“There have been quite a few stop by and check out the information on the program,” she said. “They seemed to be impressed by the event and agreed the library is important to the community.”
Library user Hannah Lacy agreed that libraries continue to play an important role.
“The library is important because it helps spread knowledge,” Lacy said. “Everyone should have access to that.”
Jennifer Tierney visited the “Geek the Library” open house: She “geeks” gardening, while her 3 1/2-year-old daughter Maya “geeks” reading.
“The library offers resources that allows people to better themselves,” Tierney said. “People have the chance to educate themselves and learn something new.”
Maya said she came to the library looking for a book about snakes.
“I learned about snakes, but I don’t like sharks,” she explained. “I just don’t like them. They are scary.”
The “Geek the Library” campaign uses geek as a verb with the new definition of “to love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for; to express interest in; to possess a large amount of knowledge in and to promote.”
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