Posted by: Burlington Public Library (WA) | March 12, 2013

Teens and the library

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Got teens?  Read this!

We’re in the middle of Teen Tech Week, a national celebration which goes from March 8-16.  Any teen between the ages of 13 to 19 can participate by creating a book trailer:  a commercial (three minutes or less) that tempts its audience to read your favorite book.  There are fabulous prizes: a Sony Bloggie video camera; a $25 Amazon gift card; and $15 in Fandango Bucks.

To participate, teens can pick up an entry blank, which also has rules and resources on it.  The deadline for submission is up to our 5:00 closing on Saturday, March 16.

Teen Tech Week is sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association). On their website they describe it thusly:

“Teens’ use of technology increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health.

Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is 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 such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.”

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