Name: Kate

Occupation: Student

Why do you come to the library? I love that it has nice picture books to read.

What do you geek? Gymnastics

The Lawrence Library geeks gymnastics, too! If it's picture books you're looking for, try "Angelina and Alice" by Katharine Holabird or "D.W. Flips" by Marc Brown. There have also been two American Girl characters who are gymnasts; Ivy, a friend of main character Julie, has a gymnastics story in "Good Luck, Ivy," and McKenna has to overcome an injury to see if she can compete in "American Girl: McKenna Shoots for the Stars," which is available on DVD. Older kids may also enjoy "Gold Medal Summer" by Donna Freitas, in which teenager Joey must decide whether to continue pursuing her Olympic dreams, or give up on competition in order to have a normal life.

We also have lots of nonfiction books about gymnastics in our sports section, including "I Love Gymnastics" by Naia Bray-Moffatt and "Gymnastics: A Step-by-Step Guide" by Carey Huber.

The library also has several books about famous gymnasts, including Mary Lou Retton's "Mary Lou: Creating an Olympic Champion" and the autobiography of Gabrielle Douglas, "Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith." We also have two autobiographies of Olympic gymnast Dominique Moceanu. "Dominique Moceanu: An American Champion" was written right before her Olympic performance in 1996, and "Off Balance: A Memoir," was published in 2012, and includes information on the less glamorous side of competition.

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 the Lawrence Library.