Teen Tech Week at libraries

Teen Tech Week shows the incredible variety of resources available for teenage customers.

All branches of Vancouver Island Regional Library are inviting teens to “check in” during Teen Tech Week to learn about the incredible variety of resources available for teenage customers.

From online homework help, free downloadable music, DVDs, and book clubs, to recommendations for great reads and teen advisory groups.

Teen Tech Week is celebrated across the country from March 10 to 16. The 2013 theme invites teens to Check In @ your library!

“Our branches are throwing open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcasing the outstanding technology we offer,” says Fiona Anderson, director of library services. “Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians to collaborate with and educate teens about technology.

“Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing digital literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy. We invite teens to visit their local library and to log onto www.virl.bc.ca to learn more.”

The Courtenay branch is holding the first meeting of the Courtenay Teen Book Club/Teen Advisory Group.

A Teen Advisory Group is an opportunity for teens to get together, read a book club selection, plan teen activities, socialize and meet other teens. The teens will meet in the Multipurpose Room at the Courtenay Library on March 14 at 4 p.m. All interested teens aged 12 to 17 are invited.

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 week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, and audiobooks.

For more information, contact Mary Donlan, children and youth librarian, at 250-334-3369 or mdonlan@virl.bc.ca.

— Vancouver Island Regional Library