A few weeks ago, I saw this sticker at my local library:
My young friend Annika tells me that a geek is someone who obsesses about things like comic books, anime, or Sherlock. A nerd is someone with academic or intellectual interests and/or abilities. In other words, someone like me, who likes learning new things via the TED Radio Hour and Grammar Girl podcasts.
So, it seems possible that I can be a geek AND a nerd. I just don’t want to be a dork.
I was curious about this Geek stuff, so I checked out geekthelibrary.org. According to them, “to geek” is:
- To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for.
- To express interest in.
- To possess a large amount of knowledge in.
- To promote
Geek the Library is a non-profit promoting public libraries and encouraging funding for them. Their slogan “Geek the Library” reminds us that public libraries support all geeks, as well as normal people.
Public libraries play a critical role in our society by offering things like:
- free public access to computers and the Internet
- assistance with online job applications
- help with homework or tutoring
- special programing such as art classes, gardening tips, and music.
- reading programs to encourage reluctant readers
- resources and information on hundreds of topics
- entertainment via books and DVDs
Many people are struggling because of the poor economy. Public libraries can fill in the gaps by creating a sense of community and providing valuable assistance.
They can’t do all this without funding.
Here’s where you come in.
- Use your library to help you with what you geek.
- Tell other people about available programs and resources at your local library.
- Find out how your local library gets funding, and do what you can to help.
- For example, I know my library gets money based on participation in the winter and summer reading programs, so I always sign up my family.
- Get cool t-shirts and stickers from geekthelibrary.org that proclaim what you geek. (I’d like an “I geek books” shirt, myself.)
- Share what you geek at the geekthelibrary site.
I proudly geek my local library, as well as books, soccer, grammar, and Tolkien.
What do you geek? What do you do to support your local library?
Thanks for getting “geeky” with me. 😉