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Geek The Library

Posted: Tue, May 31, 2011

What is Geek the Library?

  • 'Geek the Library’ is a community-based public awareness campaign designed to highlight the vital role of public libraries and bring attention to the critical funding issues they face.
    • The awareness campaign introduces the word ‘geek’ as a verb. To ‘geek’ something is to have a passion for it and to possess a large amount of knowledge about it. Whatever you geek, the library supports you.
    • Everyone geeks something. The ‘Geek the Library’ awareness campaign would love to feature what you geek on the official Web site. Please visit www.geekthelibrary.org.
    • More and more public libraries do not have adequate funding to continue to provide the important resources your community requires. Increased community support and funding is urgently needed to ensure that the library remains strong for everyone.
  • Libraries are more relevant than ever.

    • There are nearly 1.4 billion visits to U.S. public libraries every year. (1)
    • More Americans than ever before are turning to local libraries for entertainment, for educational opportunities and to search for jobs.
    • Millions of Americans rely on their public library for their only source of Internet access, to apply for jobs, to continue their education, to learn more about their passions and to communicate with family. But most public libraries regularly report that they don’t have enough computers or fast-enough Internet connections to keep up with demand.
    • Libraries can transform individuals and communities.
  • While millions of people enjoy the library and understand its vital role in the community, many people aren’t aware of the critical funding issues libraries face. Most library funding comes from local sources, and local budgets are decreasing. In fact, libraries across the country are cutting hours and staff, and even closing locations.

  • A challenging economy has intensified U.S. public libraries’ longtime struggle for adequate funding.

(1) Source: Institute of Museum and Library Services

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