Local teens will be tuning in at the library as The Unquiet Library celebrates the third annual Teen Tech Week March 8-12, 2010. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, “Learn Create Share @ 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 technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.
The Unquiet Library feels that “Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering a variety of technologies and providing top notch education about these resources is key in getting them in the door. Once they’re in the door, anything is possible.”
Recent studies from Pew Internet & American Life Project show that, on average, 8-18 year olds spend more than6 hours per day using technology including TV, DVDs, video games, audio media, and computers. “Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology,” says school library staff members Ms. Hamilton, Ms. Johnson, and Ms. Beasley. “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing technology literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy.”
and increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs including lunchtime Wii! We will be offering Wii gaming during the second half of lunch Tuesday–Friday, March 9-12.
Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For an updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations, visit http://www.ala.org/teentechweek.