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Word from the Library … ‘Geek the Library’ to kick off

Posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:31 am

Jill Rael

Jillian Rael


library director

Many things are happening here at the local library. Most recently we traveled to Nashville for Library Legislative Day to do our part to lobby in favor of public library funding. We sat down with Sen. Tracy, Rep. Marsh and Secretary Hargett for lively conversations about not only our own library but the state of Tennessee libraries overall. It also allowed me to express my support for the Governor’s new proposed education plan and offer up some ideas for how the library can potentially be involved.

Our Dr. Suess’s Birthday event was wonderful! We had a great turnout of families, and my own son had a marvelous time listening to Suess classics. Mrs. Kelsi did a fabulous job with the puppets and a birthday cake provided by my mom was a huge hit. Our next Saturday event will be April 12 at 11 a.m., when we host our American Girl Tea Party. We are working on some really great activities and the sign-up sheet is filling quickly.

Mrs. Kelsi has also had some really wonderful story times lately, with the most recent being about Johnny Appleseed. This Wednesday will be about St. Patrick’s Day and Ireland. Story Times are every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and everyone is welcome!

We just wrapped up Teen Tech Week with some great activities, including a Digital Camera Scavenger Hunt, Upcycled Art and Game Night. The Upcycled Art activity was tons of fun and some of the creatures and robots the kids made from old tech equipment is on display on the front table. We are thinking we should do this more often!

Finally, we are getting ready to kick-off our Geek the Library campaign, which is a nationwide effort to raise awareness for the importance of public libraries. Geek is used as verb, meaning one is passionate about whatever he or she “geeks”. We have a table set up in the library with free goodies and information, so come by and grab some stickers, bookmarks and bumper stickers and show your support of public libraries.

As this campaign continues throughout the year, we will pop up all over town with Geek events, so be on the lookout for us! We also have a Geek Board up, and our first Geek of the Week will be announced soon. This a great campaign, and we hope the people of Lincoln County will help us in our effort to show that public libraries still matter and always will!