Thursday, October 13, 2011

I Geek Halloween!

Do you love dressing up in costumes as much as I do?  It must be the children's librarian in me, but I do love to dress up and I don't get the chance to much anymore ... except when I do a Harry Potter program and at Halloween.  Well, guess what's right around the corner?  HALLOWEEN! 

If you've visited our Library around Halloween the last 5 years or so, you've probably seen some of our staff dressed in various Halloween costumes while they're at work.  It's something that our Staff Appreciation Committee has sponsored as a contest with 3 top prizes the last 5 years and we've had some very creative and fun costumes through these contests.  Since we're in the middle of our Geek the Library campaign, our Staff Appreciation Committee decided that we should GEEK the costume contest this year and ask staff to dress as something that they geek, something they love and are passionate about.  Then, we thought it would be a great idea to include all our visitors in the Geek Halloween Costume Contest ... and award prizes to both staff and visitors. 

So, the 2011 Geek Halloween Costume Contest is open to staff and YOU -- our public!  Anyone of any age may participate.  The contest will run from Monday, October 24th through Monday, October 31st.  The Library is closed to the public on Friday, October 28th so that staff can participate in some staff training, but the other 7 days you are encouraged to dress as what you geek.  

Here's what you need to do to participate:

**  Dress as what you GEEK.
**  Come to the Library and visit the reference desk on the 1st or 2nd floor in Youth or           Teen/Adult Services.
**  Fill out an information card about yourself and ask that your photo be taken.
**  Come in and vote for your favorite 3 costumes in each category from Tuesday, 
          November 1st through Sunday, November 6th.

There will be 3 winners among staff and 3 winners among public participants.  Winners will be announced and contacted on Monday, November 7th.

Top prize for each contest (staff and public) is a $25 Zionsville Chamber of Commerce gift certificate, good at many businesses throughout Zionsville; 2nd and 3rd places are $15 and $10 ZCC gift certificates, all of which are provided through the generosity of a grant received by the Staff Appreciation Committee from the Library Foundation.

So, get creative!  Think about what you geek!  Look for fun ways to dress as what you geek!  You're not limited to just one costume because we all geek more than one thing, so get creative!

Good luck!  I've already got my thinking cap on and am putting together my costumes!

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