This year’s theme encourages teens to come and see the outstanding technology available at the library, from services such as online homework help to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more. 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 teens 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 technology.
In celebration of Teen Tech Week, the library is hosting a Website Scavenger Hunt! To participate, print off the questionnaire from the library’s Teen Tech Week page: www.huntingtonpub.lib.in.us/teen- tech-week-website-scavenger-hunt — or pick one up at the Children’s Desk — and answer the questions on it as best you can. Answers to every question can be found somewhere on the Huntington City- Township Public Library website at www.huntingtonpub.lib.in.us. Each questionnaire submitted with correct answers will earn an entry in our Prize Drawing for an iPad case. Open to ages 12 – 18, this contest will run from now until March 31. One entry per person. Winners will be announced in early April.
From now until March 31, Teens in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the Library’s “Compete with your Tweet” contest. To enter, simply “tweet” the plot of Little Red Riding Hood in 140 characters or less to @janlapan in a single Tweet. The best tweet will win a prize. Be sure to get parental permission before setting up a Twitter account. Questions? Call the Library at 356-2900 for more information about this contest. The Main Library is located at 255 West Park Drive, Huntington, and can be contacted at 260-356-0824; the Markle Branch Library is located at 197 East Morse Street, Markle, and can be contacted at 260-758- 3332.