Teen Tech Week: March 9-15
Local teens will be tuning in at the library as Norfolk Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week, March 9-15, 2014. During this week, the Norfolk Public Library will be hosting its 6th Annual Teen Tech Week Gaming Tournament for teens and tweens. Gamers, ages 10-18, will face off on Super Smash Bros. Brawl for Wii at participating NPL branches, and the top three winners from each branch will advance to the championship round to battle for the grand prize, a Samsung Galaxy 3.
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 technology, especially they types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
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.