Home Life Library: Engaging the community

Library: Engaging the community

Bossier Parish Library (BPL) is now entering Phase III of the Geek the Library campaign that began almost a year ago.  The first phase was about introducing the public to the new definition of “geek.”  The second phase was all about the value of public libraries and why they need your help.  The last phase focuses on community engagement. 

VickieHardin copyLet me review a little for those unfamiliar with the project.  The first part was an introduction to a revised definition of the word geek, which is explained this way: “Everyone is passionate about something—everyone geeks something.”  You may geek sports, gardening, computers, or anything else you like. 

Next, the focus was on the value of public libraries to raise awareness about how they impact the lives of people in communities they serve.  For example, BPL provides computers and Internet service for those applying for jobs, continuing education through Gale Courses, and online homework help.  In addition to that, patrons save money borrowing books from the library rather than purchasing them. 

The last phase is about public library funding.  How do libraries pay for all of the great services they provide?  “Information on geekthelibrary.org helps educate the community about library funding and provides examples of how they can show their support.”  BPL is grateful for the tremendous amount of support we receive.     

When you need information, you can probably find it online, in book stores, and government offices, but it will cost you both time and money.  The library is one place you can find almost any information you are looking for under one roof, on one website, and for free in most cases.  Printing still costs, but not too much.

Geek your library!  Gateway to the Past, Bridge to the Future.   

Make a note:

Aulds 742-2337

  • Tuesday, February 24 at 10a.m., Family Story Time.

Benton 965-2751

  • Saturday, February 28 at 11a.m., ages 2—12 are invited to PJs and Popcorn Movie Day.  Preregistration is required.  Contact Megan or Kristin.

Bossier Central 746-1693

  • Wednesday, March 4 from 4—5p.m. in the History Center meeting room, Vicky Chesser from the LSU Ag Center will present the first in a series Cooking for Two. 

Haughton 949-0196

  • Tuesdays at 10a.m., Lapsit Story Time for ages 0—3 with stories, songs, and crafts.

History Center 746-7717

  • Saturday, February 28 from 3—4:30p.m., in honor of Black History Month there will be a presentation and book signing by Dr. Roy Phillips of Minden, LA.  Dr. Phillips is the author of “Exodus from the Door of No Return.”   

New Books


“Breaking Creed” by Alex Kava

“Children of the After” by Jeremy Laszlo

“Supreme Ambitions” by David Lat

“The Body Snatchers Affair” by Marcia Muller

“Before I Go” by Colleen Oakley

“The Sacrifice” by Joyce Carol Oates

“One to Go” by Mike Pace

“The Third Target” by Joel C. Rosenberg

“How to be Both” by Ali Smith

“No Fortunate Son” by Brad Taylor


“Code Check Electrical” by Douglas Hansen

“Baking Chez Moi” by Dorie Greenspan

“5-Minute Mug Cakes” by Jennifer Lee

“The Refashion Handbook” by Beth Huntington

“Tables and Chairs” by Christina Glennon

“Code Check: An Illustrated Guide to Building a Safe House” by Douglas Hansen

“Heart and Home” by Linda O’Keeffe

“The Digital Filmmaking Handbook” by Sonja Schenk

“Compact Field Guide for the Cannon EOS 70D” By David Busch

“Big Design Small Budget” by Betsy Helmuth

Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at vhardin@bossierlibrary.org

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