What Do You Geek?

Geek\Verb. 1: To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for. 2: To express interest in. 3: To possess a large amount of knowledge in. 4: To promote.

Fairfax County Public Library is participating in a public awareness campaign called Geek the Library. The campaign highlights how libraries support what people are passionate about and how, in turn, people can support their local libraries.

Geek the Library encourages the public to talk about what they ‘geek’—whether it’s engineering, superheroes, art, politics or anything else. The campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something and the library supports them all.

“This is a fun campaign that we hope will get residents talking about the valuable role of the library and will encourage those who don’t currently use the library to drop by or visit us online,” said Edwin S. Clay III, library director. “We offer thousands of free eBooks; Wi-Fi at all our branches; meeting space; computer access; tutoring and so much more.”

Residents can pick up Geek the Library materials at their local branch and sign a GeekBoard. Library Facebook and Twitter followers can post what they Geek online. To find out how you can support the library visit the Geek page on the library’s website .

“This campaign is designed to provoke conversation about the vital role that public libraries and librarians play in today’s challenging environment,” said Cathy De Rosa, global vice president of marketing for Online Computer Library Center, Inc., a nonprofit library cooperative which led the campaign development. “We hope it will spark important community discussions about how public libraries can remain strong.”

As the economy slowly recovers, millions of Americans are turning to local libraries for educational opportunities, job?searching resources and entertainment. “Fairfax County Public Library is fortunate to be expanding our hours in the fall thanks to an increase to the library budget in FY2013 by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors,” said Clay.

The Geek the Library campaign is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Fairfax Library Foundation has provided supplemental support in Fairfax County.

Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability in all county programs, services and activities. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-8380, TTY 703-324-8365.

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Fairfax, Virginia 22035
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July 30, 2012

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