Comic Books, Coding, Cosplay, Crazes, and D&D: Making Libraries a Hub for the Inclusive Nerd Culture
In the 1980's, nerd = social suicide. In 2022, nerd = the place to be for inclusivity! Fandoms and other cultural trends bring people together in a nondiscriminatory way.
Come learn how you can increase the diversity of your library through programming, MakerSpaces, and other nerd-based resources. As the Jedi librarian would say: "Attendance leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to action, action leads to inclusion!"
Be prepared to welcome the nerd contingent with:
• A short history of how the once marginalized "Nerd Culture" have now become one of the most inclusive communities in America
• Ideas on events, clubs, and activities - both large and small in scope - to help make the library a welcoming destination for people of all interests in the community
• A list of specific resources and books to build a foundational nerdy collection that can be used by all ages, abilities, and interests
• Ways to discover what is popular with your patrons