Libraries want to know ‘What’s Your Geek?’ — SHERRY TURNER

Sherry Turner

Sherry Turner

What do you geek?

The Clayton County Library System is participating in a national community library awareness campaign that was initiated by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The “Get Your Geek on at the Library” campaign focuses on the word “geek” as a verb to describe a personal passion.

Everyone “geeks” something and public libraries are a perfect place to embrace your geek by seeking and cultivating personal interests through resources, programs and experiences.

Personally, I geek grants. There are many grants available for individuals, non-profits and businesses .In today’s economy more people/organizations are seeking grant opportunities as a solution to budgetary restraints. A grant differs from a loan because grant monies typically are not paid back but accountability and subsequent reportage of how spending was implemented for a given project is essential.

Here are some examples of library resources that can help a person with grant writing.


“Approach Non-profit Grant Writing with Confidence”

“Complete Book of Grant Writing: Learn to write grants like a Professional”

“Complete Idiot’s Guide to Grant Writing”

“Grant Writing Demystified”

“90 Days to Success in Grant Writing”

Internet Resources:

U.S Small Business Administration http://www.SBA.gov

Student Education Grants http://www.fafsa.ed.gov

Grant Database available only in library buildings http://www.claytonpl.org


A free grant workshop is scheduled in July at Jonesboro Branch Library. Registration for the workshop begins June 5th.

Editor’s note: Column by Sherry Turner, managing librarian at the Jonesboro Library Branch. Residents are asked to write to Turner about what their “Geek” is and she will feature it in a column about the resources Clayton County libraries have for that topic.

Contact Sherry Turner, managing librarian for the Jonesboro Library Branch, at turners@claytonpl.org or call 770-478-7021 to learn how you and your “geek” can be featured in this column.