Geek out at your library® during Teen Tech Week 2012
Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Berthoud Community Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week March 4-10, 2012. We join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country in celebrating this year’s theme, Geek Out @ your library®. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) 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 technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
Getting teens into libraries is essential. At the Berthoud Community Library we offer gaming-come to a special Wii game afternoon March 8 from 3-5pm- access to computers, and online homework help. Through our website link to free music downloads from Freegal, Learning Express Library & Career Accelator, Global Road Warrior, and Ask Colorado for 24/7 reference help. Once they’re in the door, we can show teens that with technology at the library, anything is possible.
Recent studies from Pew Internet & American Life Project show the majority of teens own cell phones and mp3 players. Ninety-three percent of teens regularly use the Internet — 73 percent of all American teens go online to use Facebook or other social networking sites. Three-quarters of American teens send text messages every day. Nearly 40 percent of teens share something online that they created themselves, like artwork or a video.
Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week. Berthoud Community Library is offering a fun afternoon of Dance Dance Revolution on March 8 at 3pm, and check out our “old tech” display with circuit boards you could snowboard on!
Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For an updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.Print This Post