@ Your Library: Teen Tech Week starts March 8

Emily Hunt

The view and role of libraries in the community has changed in the last decade. While they remain places to gain new information or find an interesting book to read, libraries also offer a variety of other services as well.

From public access internet computers, word processors, scanners and copy machines, to DVDs, music CDs, audio books, magazines, study labs, writing workshops and even Wi-Fi internet access, the library has evolved into a place to connect. This need to connect is most obvious in teens.

That’s why, in 2007, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) developed Teen Tech Week, a week to highlight to teens the different services that libraries offer. Teen Tech Week shows teens that the library is not an outdated source but a place for them to connect not only with current and reliable information but also with each other.

In the past, Teen Tech Week has included additions to the online community for the library such as a teen blog and MySpace page. Last year, a Facebook group was included in the quest to get and keep teens involved in the library, as well as a variety of programs such as an Anime Movie Night and Gaming Tournament.

On March 8 through 14, Washington District Library will be among many other libraries  in the nation to celebrate Teen Tech Week 2009. With the theme “Press Play @ Your Library” teens can literally ‘press play’ on different technologies and services that libraries offer.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, teens are invited to a YouTube Swap during which they can share their favorite YouTube videos with others.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 12, they can ‘press play’ at a movie night featuring the Adam Sandler film, Click, about a man who is given a remote control for life that allows him to pause, rewind and fast forward through life’s happenings.

Then, From 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 13, the library will have a Techno Dance Party for teens during which they can compete against each other at the Playstation 2 game, Dance Dance Revolution.

Whether teens are connecting through the internet or at events, there is always a place for them at your Washington District Library. Teen Tech Week 2009 is an opportunity for them to get connected to the library and all the great services offered there.

For more information on any of these events please contact Emily at 444-2241.