Tahlequah Daily Press

April 17, 2013

Libraries encourages others to ‘geek’

By TEDDYE SNELL
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — What do you “geek?” In other words, what do you love, express interest in, promote, or possess are large amount of knowledge of?

Whatever the case, the public library most likely has information to help you “geek.” This is National Library Week, and according to Cherokee Lowe, librarian at Tahlequah Public Library, everyone in the area is encouraged to check out a book and geek something this week.

“To show solidarity among the Eastern Oklahoma Library Systems, we’re partnering with Hulbert Public Library to offer a T-shirt and gift card giveaway,” said Lowe. “Geek The Library is a nonprofit organization set up to generate interest and support of public libraries, and they’ve made what was a noun, ‘geek,’ into a verb meaning to love or have a passion for.”

For every book, including audio books, checked out at the Tahlequah or Hulbert Public Libraries, patrons will be registered to win a “Geek” T-shirt and $25 gift card from Amazon.com. Drawings will be held Saturday, April 20, and winners need not be present to win.

“We’ll call the winners, so they don’t have to be here,” said Lowe. “Whatever you geek, the library can help you follow your passion.”

According to information provided by EODLS, there are more public libraries in the U.S. than there are McDonald’s, and although they don’t serve hamburgers, they do offer free Internet service. Americans go to school, public, and academic libraries more than three times more often than they go to the movies.

On average, Americans check out more than eight books a year.

“Service to the community has always been the focus of the library,” said Shelly Cook, branch manager at Hulbert Community Library. “While this aspect has never changed, libraries have grown and evolved in how they provide for the needs of every member of their community.”

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association and libraries across the country each April. Other activities included in the national campaign this week include the release of the Top 10 List of Frequently Challenged Books, National Bookmobile Day and Support Teen Literature Day.

Lowe said the Tahlequah Public Library is also gearing up for its popular Summer Reading Program, set to begin at the end of May.

“This year, the theme is ‘Dig Into Reading,’ and we’re going to start decorating soon,” said Lowe. “We’ll focus on digging, including everything from gardening to archaeology to dinosaurs to buried treasure.”

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