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Geek the Library is coming

During December you may have noticed I announced GTL is coming in January, 2014. GTL stands for Geek The Library, which is a nation-wide campaign to raise awareness about what public libraries do for patrons and communities.

The word “Geek” is used as a verb; the definition is: To love, to enjoy, to celebrate, to have an intense passion for; to express interest in; to possess a large amount of knowledge in; to promote. The idea is “Whatever you geek, serious or fun, the public library supports you. In turn, spread the word that the library needs everyone’s support.”

VickieHardin“The campaign is sponsored by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), a nonprofit library cooperative that has provided services to help libraries deliver more to their users for four decades. Supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, OCLC partnered with Chicago-based marketing communications agency Leo Burnett USA to create the campaign.” (http://geekthelibrary.org/about/about.html)

Over the next 18 months you will hear more about GTL. Library staff will be wearing GTL t-shirts. We will give a way buttons, bumper stickers, bookmarks, and other items promoting the campaign. There will be a launch party at the Bossier Central Library in a few weeks to kick off the event. I will keep you posted on the details.

Be thinking about what you geek. Is it gardening, traveling, hunting, sports, art? Book it to the Bossier Libraries in 2014 to discover what you geek.

Make a note:

  • Pre-School Story Times

Bossier Central Library (318) 746-1693

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., for ages: 4-5 years

Aulds Library (318) 742-2337

Tuesdays at 10 a.m., for ages: 3-5 years

Benton Library (318) 965-2751

Fridays at 10 a.m., for ages: 3-5 years

East 80 Library (318) 949-2665

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., for ages: 3-5 years

  • Lapsit Story Times

Haughton Library (318) 949-0196

Mondays at 10 a.m., for ages 0-3 years

Koran Library (318) 987-3915

Wednesdays at 10 a.m., for ages: 6 months to 3 years


New Books


“Mortal Bonds” by Michael Sears

“Speak of the Devil” by Allison Leotta

“Downfall” by Jeff Abbott

“Eleven Days” by Lea Carpenter

“The Litter of the Law” by Rita Mae Brown

“A Revelation in Autumn” by Wanda E. Brunstetter

“Fired Up” by Mary Connealy

“The Wednesday Daughters” by Meg Waite Clayton

“The Creeps” by John Connolly

“The Final Cut” by Catherine Coulter


“Kill Anything that Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam” by Nick Turse

“Henry Ford” by Vincent Curcio

“The Parent Backpack for Kindergarten through Grade 5: How to Support Your Child’s Education, End Homework Meltdowns, and Build Parent-teacher Connections” by Marylisa Nichols

“Live Forever” by Mylon Le Ferve

“Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime” by Sarah Smiley

“Rita Moreno: A Memoir” by Rita Moreno

“My Story” by Elizabeth Smart

“To Selena, With Love” by Chris Perez

“One in a Million: Journey to Your Promised Land” by Priscilla Evans Shirer

“The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut” by James E. McWilliams


Vickie Hardin is Outreach Specialist for the Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@state.lib.la.us

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