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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014

Newbern Depot hosts regional library training

Saturday, November 9, 2013

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Carol Clark Harris provides information on the Friends of the Library organization. The public libraries in Newbern, Trimble and Dyersburg each have active Friends of the Library programs, local non-profit groups that support and raise funds for their community libraries.
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Newbern City Recorder Jason Roberts and Mayor Olen Parker accept plaques from Newbern Librarian Janice Peevyhouse for the town's help in hosting a workshop for librarians from all over West Tennessee on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The training hosted at the Newbern Depot drew 85 librarians representing every West Tennessee county except Shelby County.
Librarians representing nearly every county in the West Tennessee region took part in a training session hosted at the Newbern Depot last week.

As many as 81 librarians representing 20 counties attended an all-day workshop presented by the Obion River and Hatchie River regional libraries on Wednesday, Oct. 30. The workshop took place in Newbern with training and presentations held throughout the day.

Those attending were greeted by Newbern Mayor Olen Parker, with Newbern Librarian Janice Peevyhouse also welcoming guests.

"All the other libraries who hosted these trainings were large libraries or regional library centers," said Peevyhouse. "We were the only small-town library asked to do this. It was a big honor. They were very impressed with our town and our library, which is a very big library for a little town."

Peevyhouse said every county in West Tennessee, with the exception of Shelby County, was represented at the training.

Presentations included:

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Newbern Mayor Olen Parker welcomes librarians from all over the West Tennessee region to a training at the Newbern Depot on Wednesday, Oct. 30.
* Verso Immerso - Maria Sochor of the Tennessee State Library and Archives led a training session to help local librarians ensure Verso, the statewide online circulation system, is patron-friendly.

* Get Your Friends on Board - local Friends of the Library representative Carol Clark Harris provided ideas and information from the various Friends of the Library groups in Dyer County. Newbern, Trimble and Dyersburg each have very active Friends groups.

* Geek the Library -- Karen Austin of the Online Computer Library Center presented each library present with its Geek the Library startup kit.

"Geek the Library (will be brought to us) by the Online Computer Library Center as a non-profit cooperative with funding by a grant by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation," said Peevyhouse. "(It will feature) three phases. The first phase will be kicked off statewide on Dec. 1."

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McIver's Grant Public Library Children's Librarian Lara Freidhof enjoys a game with a new friend at a workshop hosted at the Newbern Depot last week. Librarians representing 20 West Tennessee counties arrived in Newbern on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Attendees played this game when the train came through the station.
The Geek the Library initiative transforms the word "geek" into a verb -- complete with four different definitions:

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

The promotion encourages both library officials and patrons of the library to learn more about each other. Patrons are encouraged to share their passions by completing the phrase "I geek ___" and library officials are encouraged to tailor programming to the specific needs and interests of their community.

"What do you geek? Everyone has something they are passionate about - something they 'geek,'" said Peevyhouse. "Maybe you geek football, or hip-hop. Maybe you are passionate about organic gardening, classic movies or volunteering. Whatever you geek, serious or fun, the public library supports you. Go to geekthelibrary.org for more information (and then) come to the library and tell us what YOU geek!"

During the workshop, Peevyhouse presented Parker and Newbern City Recorder Jason Roberts with plaques of appreciation for the city's help in hosting the event.

For more information, visit http://www.geekthelibrary.org or http://tenv-verso.auto-graphics.com/ilum....



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