Be the Source of Change during Teen Tech Week 2017
Published : Thursday, February 16, 2017 | 4:42 PM
Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Altadena Library District celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week™ from March 6-11. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Be the Source of Change, to raise awareness about how Altadena Library District creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create, and share content.
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.
Kate Shumaker, Teen Librarian, feels that “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. Once they’re in the door, we can show teens that with technology at the library, anything is possible.”
From maker spaces, to coding classes and online knitting clubs now offered by libraries across the country, the do-it-yourself theme shows how libraries provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of the teens in the community.
“Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology,” says Kate Shumaker. “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing digital literacy has become increasingly important, equal to that of reading literacy.”
Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week at the Altadena Library by attending the weeks programs including:
Engineering Mystery Bags on Monday at 4pm and DIY Constellation Boxes on Friday at 4:00 p.m.
Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.
For more information, visit the Altadena Library in person or visit the library online at www.AltadenaLibrary.org.