Teen Tech Week 2014 is March 9th – 15th

The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teen Tech Week (TTW) encourages teens’ appropriate use of technology and provides an opportunity for libraries and teens to connect & share. In addition to electronic databases perfect for homework assignments, libraries offer downloadable audio- and electronic books, computer classes, and workshops designed to appeal to the creative and investigative nature of teens. Libraries are also the perfect outlet for teens to “give back” some of their tech-savvy knowledge by running workshops for other teens, younger kids, or even adults who claim to be “tech-challenged.”

This year’s TTW theme – DIY @ Your Library – is an opportunity for libraries to demonstrate their value to their communities by providing space for teens to get creative and extend their learning beyond a traditional classroom. Libraries have been unofficial “maker spaces” for quite a while, mostly in the arts & crafts areas. Lately, the maker movement has transformed libraries into lively spaces where the objective is to explore facets of one’s creativity – to make something, anything, from collages and jewelry to robots and music. Teens are in the most experimental phase of life and the local library is a safe place to experiment and stretch creativity.

Plan to visit an MCL branch during TTW and do something – attend a class, use an electronic database to “page through” a magazine, or volunteer yourself as a techspert. Want more ideas? Check out YALSA’s 25 Easy Tips for Teens.  If you are looking for something to read and have an iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad, YALSA just launched a new free app – Teen Book Finder; an Android app is planned for later in 2014. This app gives three book recommendations daily, allows the creation of a personal favorites list, and allows searching by author, title, award, genre and more.

Branches of the Mercer County Library are holding the following programs during TTW14:

Discuss Your Smartphone Apps with Librarians at the Ewing Branch (all week)
Movie Film Star Trivia at the Twin Rivers branch (all week)
Decorate a Painter’s Cap at the Lawrence Headquarters (March 9th)
Smart Apps for Smart Teens at the Hickory Corner Branch (March 12th)
• Manga Club Gets Techy at the Hopewell Branch (March 12th)
Robotics Demo class at the West Windsor Branch (March 13th)
Explore Arduino at the West Windsor Branch (March 15th)
Make Irish Potato Candy at the Twin Rivers Branch (March 17th)
Artronics at the West Windsor Branch (March 17th)

Check specific program listings for age and/or registration requirements, then go make something!

- Carolyn A.


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