By Ashley Rader
The Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library will unleash its inner “geek” with the new year to help raise awareness and change public perceptions about libraries.
The library will be joining the nationwide Geek the Library campaign on Jan. 1. The Geek the Library campaign uses the word “geek” as a verb meaning to love, enjoy or have a passion for something.
The premise of the campaign is that no matter what a person “geeks” they will be able to find books or other information about that topic at their local public library.
Library Director Mel Goff told the Elizabethton/Carter County Library Board that staff members attended state training on the Geek the Library campaign and were excited about the prospect of starting the program
“That excitement is what is going to make this program popular in this community,” Goff said.
Holston River Regional Library Director Nancy Roark said the campaign helps libraries market themselves to younger generations.
“It helps show the library is still relevant and useful today,” Roark said.
People can go to www.geekthelibrary.org and share the things they “geek” and get more information on the campaign.
The nationwide campaign is sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to share knowledge about what libraries offer, their funding sources and to help fundraise to help libraries.