Occupation: Conservation photographer

Why do you come to the library? I love the quiet atmosphere and the smell of books. I come to pick up a good book, a music CD or a movie. I enjoy the cultural events very much.

What do you geek? Martial arts

Lawrence Library geeks martial arts, too! We have books for martial artists of every skill level, from "The Young Martial Arts Enthusiast" by David Mitchell, which is in the children's nonfiction section, up through "Kickboxing: Mastering the Art" by Eddie Cave for more seasoned warriors.

Of course, martial arts is not all about being physically powerful; many practitioners of martial arts enjoy the personal strength they find from practice. "Be Like Water: Practical Wisdom from the Martial Arts" by Joseph Cardillo, which is available as an ebook download, discusses the mental aspects of the physical practice. Also available as an ebook download is "Sharp Spear, Crystal Mirror: Martial Arts in Women's Lives" by Stephanie T. Hoppe. In this book, the author interviews two dozen women, both athletes and nonathletes, and speaks about their journey with martial arts and how it has shaped their lives physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Parents hoping to get their children involved in martial arts may want to check out "Tai Chi for Kids: Move with the animals: Eight simple Tai Chi movements parents can teach their children for health, imagination and play" by Stuart Alve Olson.


The library can help everyone explore the things they geek.

For information, or if you are interested in being the Geek of the Week, stop by Lawrence Library.