DATE: February 25, 2013
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath, Libraries Division
During Teen Tech Week™ (March 10-16, 2013), Broward County Library invites you to “Check In @ your library!” This year’s theme encourages libraries to open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources such as eBooks, movies, music, audiobooks, online research and more.
A recent 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 aimed at teens, parents, educators and other concerned adults.
Broward County Library will host a number of fun, free programs and activities created especially for teens. Take a look back at techno gadgets from the past, see photos taken for and by teens or test your gaming skills. Here’s what’s happening during Teen Tech Week™ at Broward County Libraries:
March 9-16 – Teens in the Contemporary World Photography Exhibit: Photographs taken by teens expressing their perspective or their environment, featuring the work of NSU’s Upper University School Digital Arts students and members of the library’s teen groups, ages 13-18, during library hours, 1st floor, Library Atrium, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
March 10-16 – Retired Technology Trivia: Visit the display of outdated devices and take your best guess at what these relics were once used for and try for a chance to win a prize, ages 13-18, during library hours, 1st Floor, Room 1035, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
March 11-14 – Teen Tech Week: Teen Choice Awards, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Pembroke Pines, Walter C. Young Resource Center, 955 N. W. 129 Ave., Pembroke Pines, FL 33028 (954-357-6750)
March 13 – Wii Contest, teens, from 4:30 to 5:45 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, 33301 (954-357-7444)
March 15 – Nintendo Night: Test your gaming skills on of the original Nintendo systems, ages 13-18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., 1st Floor, Room 1035, Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314 (954-262-5477)
March 16 – Tech Games, from 3 to 4 p.m. Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach, FL 33060 (954-357-7595)
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.