By Ashley Rader
What do you geek?
The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library is making preparations to kick off its part in a nationwide campaign that changes the definition of the word ‘geek.’
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 are still relevant in today’s world.
The ECCPL “Geek the Library” campaign kickoff will be Saturday, Feb. 1, and will host an open house and public reception from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 3.
Library Director Mel Goff said the open house will help explain the campaign – and give library patrons the opportunity to share what they “geek.”
The 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.”
Goff said ‘geek’ as a verb is growing in popularity among young people.
“It is becoming a popular term for ‘I really like’,” she said. “It seems to be taking the place of ‘I heart’ something. In the 1960s, people said ‘I dig it’. It’s one of those things that change over time.”
The premise of the campaign is that no matter what a person “geeks,” he or she will be able to find books or other information about that topic at the local public library.
The goal for the public reception is to increase public awareness and excitement for the campaign.
Goff said during the open house patrons will have the option to share what they “geek” and to have their picture made for an in-library poster. The picture will also be shared on the ECCPL’s Facebook page as a “Geek of the Week” as the campaign runs from February until the end of the year.
Library and city staff will also share their own interests and be in the rotation for the “Geek of the Week.”
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