Local teens will be tuning in at the library as the Weston Public Library celebrates Teen Tech Week next week, March 11-15. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country that are celebrating this year’s theme, “Check In @ 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 teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries.
Karen Tatarka, Weston library director, said, “Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering gaming, access to computers, and online homework help is important, and letting them know that we can help educate them on how to use these resources will get them in the door.”
Recent studies from Pew Internet & American Life Project show that, on average, 8- to 18-year-olds spend more than six hours per day using technology, including TV, DVDs, cell phones, video games, audio media, and computers. About 93% of teens regularly use the Internet, and three-quarters of American teens send text messages every day.
“Teen Tech Week is a way to educate teens about technology,” says Ms. Tatarka. “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing technology literacy has become more and more important.”
Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week. The Weston Public Library hopes to attract a wide variety of teenagers by offering a series of programs, including:
- Special program for parents: Media Savvy with Youth Services Director Michelle Albright Ph.D., March 11 at noon.
- PS3 Sports Champions 2 on the big screen: March 12, 3-4 p.m.
- Make your own duct tape eReader and tablet covers: March 13, 3-4 p.m.
- Teen movie screening, The Princess Bride (PG): March 14, 3-5 p.m.
For more information on these and other programs at the library, visit westonpubliclibrary.org or call 203-222-2665.