Each March the library celebrates our teen patrons and technology with a special week of events in conjunction with YALSA, the YA branch of the American Library Association.
Stop by the library this month and check out the special events for Teen Tech Week, March 9-15. Each library will be offering something.
At Wheatfield, when teens in grades 6-12 check out items using their card, they can put their name in a drawing for a gift card. We will also be showing the movie Catching Fire on Tuesday, March 11 at 4pm. There will be a short trivia about the book before the movie starts, and the winner of the trivia contest will win a prize. Registration is required, and refreshments will be served.
At DeMotte, teens can take part in a Wii Gaming program on Tuesday, March 11 from 3-8 pm. DeMotte also has the West Room Writers, a creative writing group open to teens, on March 10 from 5:30-6:30pm.
Rensselaer will be offering an "Ancient Tech Petting Zoo." Teens, adults and supervised children are invited to stop by during Teen Tech Week and check out a manual typewriter, an early computer, a first generation PDA and more technology from the far, and not so far, past. Teens taking part in the petting zoo can enter a drawing for a gift card. Petting Zoo hours are Tuesday, March 11 from 5-8pm and Friday, March 14 from 3-4:30 pm.
Wheatfield also has a Teen Book Discussion on March 20 from 4-5pm on the book Every Day by David Levithan. Registration is required, and books are available at the front desk. Refreshments will be served. This is open to grades 9-12.
Teens can also check in at the library using social media during Teen Tech Week for a special prize.
Looking for something else to do this month? Check out YALSA's Fabulous Films for Young Adults 2014 edition. Borrow one from the library today.
About Teen Tech Week
Teens’ use of technology increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.