The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library wrapped up a six-month-long Geek the Library campaign at the end of March. The branches will display their Geek boards during National Library Week in April. Argentine branch (shown here) jumped the gun. We had fun with it!
Geekitude was hot and fierce on the Kansas State University – Salina campus last week with all the Geek Week activities. Here at the Mecca of Geekiness (no, not Comic-con), the librarians wanted to prove you could geek out about anything and everything. As part of the campus-wide Geek Week, we asked people to tell us what they “geek.” We gathered signatures from over 70 faculty, students and staff and each person who told us their passion, hobby, interest, or love-of-their-life got an awesome “i geek k-state salina” magnet to show off their geekiness loud and proud.
We’ll be hanging our geektastic board up in the library so everyone can see it as soon as we can! We also had a Geek Week display, highlighting everything from Batman to anime, Lord of the Rings to Harry Potter, X-Files to Indiana Jones. All the toys, gadgets, gizmos and wands seen in the display were generously loaned by faculty on campus to complement the library’s geekiest books, DVDs and graphic novels.
Public libraries inspire and empower. Everyone is welcome. Almost anything can be explored. And they play an important role for individuals and for communities. For many Americans, their local library is an important source for free public access t
community, they are passionate about what you geek and they are passionate about you. Come to our library and see what our community geeks!
We talked to the school kids, parents and community members. We came to Homecoming and Parents night. We had a good turnout and have gotten comments and support from everyone. We gave away t-shirts and an MP3 player. Fun was had by all.
From October through March, the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library will participate in the Geek the Library campaign to raise awareness of the value of the library to the community. Launch events will take place during the month of October:
October 1, 9am-4pm: Silver City Day
S. 29th St. & Strong Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66106
October 3, 3pm-6pm: 2011 Binational Health Fair
West Wyandotte Library
1737 N. 82nd St.
Kansas City, KS 66112
October 7, 9am-4pm: Turner Days
5800 Metropolitan Ave.
Kansas City, KS 66106
October 8, 11am-3pm: Unity Fun Fest
608 N. 18th St.
Kansas City, KS 66102
October 28, 6:30pm-9pm: The Nightshift & Campfire Stories
Mr. and Mrs. F.L. Schlagle Library
4051 West Dr.
Wyandotte County Lake Park
Kansas City, KS 66109
Visit our tables and tell us what you geek and what the library does for you and your community. Sign our Geek boards, take your picture for our digital displays and pick up your I GEEK KCKPL card. Visit each branch, tell us what you geek, and receive a free 8 1/2 x 11 photo of your geek picture.
KLA adopts Geek the Library campaign for 2012 Wichita Conference: I GEEK KANSAS LIBRARIES!
As many of you know by now, GEEK THE LIBRARY is a high-profile public awareness campaign sponsored by OCLC, a nonprofit library cooperative, and by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The campaign is dedicated to spreading the word about the vital role of public libraries and raising awareness about the funding issues many public libraries face.
The State Library of Kansas has co-sponsored this important initiative since December 2010, and many libraries throughout the state have rolled out their own GEEK THE LIBRARY advocacy campaigns in 2011.
The Kansas Library Association, representing over 500 public, school, academic and special librarians, as well as trustees and Friends, is eager to encourage local libraries to participate in this campaign, which will run through 2013.
KLA is proud to announce that it is the first state library association to adopt the GEEK campaign for its official 2012 Conference theme. The Conference will be held at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, April 11-13, 2012.
Liberal Memorial Library is in the process of planning our Geek The Library event scheduled for Saturday, October 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. It will be held on the front lawn of the library in Cooper Park with a carnival theme. Bring your geek out. That’s our official kick-off.
In the meantime, we’ll have Geek The Library booths at local events including the Duck Races/Chili Cook-Off on Saturday, September 17 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Mexican Independence Day Celebration on Saturday, September 17 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Oz-Fest at the Coronado Museum on Saturday,October 8.
In the meantime, we’re finding that not only humans geek.
Circulation supervisor Sabrina pictured with Edward Cullen who geeks Kansas Libraries.
“Since last Wednesday night, the libraries in Southwest Kansas have had a booth at the Dodge City Days Rodeo. Thousands of people have walked by the booth, looked at resources available in libraries on rodeo, signed the Geek Board, and picked up information on the Geek the Library campaign. The lucky ones even received “I Geek rodeo” buttons. After a successful 4 nights we headed into the climax with the finals tonight (Sunday). The booth was up, people were getting bookmarks & stickers, signing the board and visiting with the librarians. When suddenly it started to rain, then the wind came up and moments later, vendors tents starting coming down – and not by hand but by gusts of wind. The Geek tent (gazebo) was one of them. As we took shelter under the grandstands lightening & thunder brought the song “Singing in the Rain” over the PA system. The librarians were drenched, but glad for the rain. As the storm passed over there was nothing to do but take the items to the pickup and set the now demolished tent aside for pickup tomorrow. Some tents survived, others are gone. But the librarians survived to “Geek” another day.
Thanks to all the librarians in southwest Kansas who donated their time to be part of the “Geek the Library” booth. You’re a great group to work with. Thanks to Emily for making the arrangements and putting this all together. “
Taken from email written by Cathy Reeves, Dodge City Public Library Director on August 7, 2011.
Here are some pictures from the event. Including before and after the storm shots!