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.
* 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."
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.