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Thursday, June 19, 2014

It’s Time to Get Your Geek On

It’s Time to Get Your Geek On

McKean County libraries take part in ‘Geek the Library’ campaign to raise awareness about the importance of library funding support

June 19, 2014 –Residents of McKean County may soon add a new verb to their vocabulary—‘geek.’ McKean County Public Libraries are participating in Geek the Library, a community‐based public awareness campaign. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can support them, in an effort to heighten awareness about the critical funding issues public libraries face.

Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces ‘geek’ as a verb, and encourages the public to talk about what they ‘geek’—whether it’s engineering, superheroes or art. The public awareness campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something—everyone ‘geeks’ something—and that the library supports them all.

The awareness campaign features advertising, social networking elements, a Web site and grassroots community initiatives to draw attention to the need for increased library support. The campaign Web site, www.geekthelibrary.org, provides information about how people can get active and support their local library.

As the economic downturn slowly recovers, millions of Americans are turning to local libraries for educational opportunities, job‐searching resources and entertainment. The increased demand for library services is taking a toll on libraries already experiencing flat or decreasing budgets. State and local cuts are impacting public library hours, programs and staffing. While most people have visited their public library and understand its important role in their community, many do not know that libraries are at risk or that local funding for libraries is heavily influenced by community members.

This public awareness campaign hopes to start a conversation about library funding to inspire more people to take personal responsibility for keeping their local public libraries vital in their communities.

Visit your local library:

Bradford Area Public Library 362-6527
Friends’ Memorial Public Library 837-7010
Hamlin Memorial Library 887-9262
Mt. Jewett Public Library 778-5588
S.W. Smith Memorial Library and Bookmobile 642-9210

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