Watch hockey, support library

East Tennessee libraries are calling attention to local libraries and funding support with a unique multi-library event.

As libraries across the state spotlight the value of libraries with local Geek the Library campaigns, East Tennessee libraries are joining together for an exciting group event at the March 1 home game of the Knoxville Ice Bears professional hockey team. The game will be held at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum, where the Knoxville Ice Bears will take on the Bloomington Thunder. The game starts at 7:30 pm. March 1.

Library supporters are invited to join in and “get their geek on” in support of public libraries in Tennessee. Local libraries participating in this event include the Clinton Public Library, Meigs County Public Library, and the Englewood Public Library, among others. They invite everyone in the community to come out and enjoy the hockey game with them while showing support for public libraries.

All library supporters can purchase tickets to the game at www.knoxvilletickets.com at a discounted rate by using the promo code LIBRARY. The price of tickets using this code is $11 plus applicable ticket fees. Tickets can be printed at the time of purchase or kept at Will Call for pickup on the night of the game. This promo code cannot be used at the box office.

Public libraries across the state—more than 170 so far—are participating in Geek the Library, a national campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly funding libraries. The campaign highlights what people are passionate about and how libraries can provide resources to support their pursuits. Geek the Library features local educational material that introduces “geek” as a verb and encourages the public to talk about what they “geek”—whether it’s engineering, superheroes, art, or other subjects. The public awareness campaign illustrates the fact that everyone is passionate about something (i.e., everyone “geeks” something) and that the public library has books and other materials about all of those different interests.

“This campaign is designed to provoke conversation about the vital role that public libraries and librarians play in our lives,” Secretary of State Tre Hargett said. “No matter what your interests are, you can learn more about them at your local library.”

The campaign features advertising, social networking elements, a website and grassroots community initiatives to draw attention to the need for increased library support. The website, www.geekthelibrary.org, provides information about how people can get active and support their local libraries.

Be sure to bring your library card to the game. Prize drawings will be held at the Geek the Library table throughout the game. Entries into the prize drawings are free, but to receive an entry, you must show your library card from a Tennessee library. For more information about this event, you can contact Meg Harrison at the Clinton Public Library at (865) 457-0519, or visit any of the participating public libraries.

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