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Embrace Your Geekness Day


image from startrek.com

By Janelle Yahne
Circulation Associate

Everyone has a little bit of geek in them nowadays. Many people have regular access to a computer, use the Internet, and probably played at least one video game. The Smithsonian American Art Museum even created a show about video games but that is a bit off subject. Today is the day to embrace this part of your being. There is a difference between nerds and geeks with both being pretty cool and here are some infographics for clarification. Both are considered a badge of honor now that popular culture has caught up to the niftiness as seen in the show “Big Bang Theory” (there is even a shirt for this). All of these things are fun portrayals.

Though we can talk about embracing geekness, we have to also comment on bullying. Bullying is a problem in the United States with periodic reports in the media showing the tragic results that may occur. It is a wonderful story to read about a bus monitor who is receiving support by the online community with donations, but it is a sad story that the woman had to deal with the ordeal.  Some people who have grown up with a geek or nerd label, or any derogatory label, have probably felt the sting of bullies at one point in his/her life. It is important during this day of recognition that we remember to practice civility and to teach through example.I am planning on watching a few favorite episodes of Star Trek: TNG this weekend, but we have materials on bullying and really nifty graphic novels available in the library along with these interesting books to help you out:

Hanging Out, Messing Around, and Geeking Out: Kids Living and Learning with New Media, by Mizuko Ito – A great read to see how technology has become widespread and how much has been embraced by the current youth.

Unscientific America : How Scientific Illiteracy Threatens Our Future, by Chris Mooney and Sheril Kirshenbaum – Though not about pop culture geekness, science was traditionally part of the geek culture. An intriguing read about building student science knowledge and its importance.

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Doctor Who in the library

By Janelle Yahne
Library Circulation Associate

I started watching Doctor Who in 2006 when it was recommended to me by a friend. The show was fun, epic, silly, and heartbreaking. A Time Lord traveling through space and time with a human companion on life threatening adventures makes for great television. I could not believe I had never seen the series in its previous incarnations. I grew up in a household with a parent who devoured science fiction books, television, and movies. We watched Star Trek (Next Generation, Deep Space 9, andVoyager), X-Files, Red Dwarf, and almost anything else with a hint of science fiction. Being a sci-fi fan, I wondered how I could have missed such an amazing show.

Thankfully, the library has some wonderful books about the series to help explaining the fandom from critical essays to works about its relevance in popular culture. Even if you have no clue what TARDIS1 means, or why a plunger wielding robot can be scary, these books are wonderful assets to help understand the great love people have for Doctor Who as it nears its 50th anniversary in 2013.

If Doctor Who is not your thing, but science fiction is, the library has many other titles to whet your appetite:

Who is your favorite Doctor or science fiction series?

1. Time and Relative Dimension in Space

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