Teen Tech Week at Mesa Public Libraries
02-27-2017 at 3:01:00 PM

Local teens will be tuning in at the Mesa Public Library as it celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week(TM) from March 5-11. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year's theme, "Be the Source of Change." The year's theme is to raise awareness about how libraries create a space to extend teens' learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content.

"Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology," Mesa Library Director, Heather Wolf said. "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 hope teens and their parents can utilize these free programs the Mesa Public Library offers to the community."

Mesa Library will be offering the following workshops throughout the week to increase teen technology literacy. Registration is required as space is limited. Register through: www.MesaLibrary.org.

ImageMakers

March 9 | 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

THINKspot at Red Mountain Library | 635 N. Power Road

Photos for blogs and social media. Photos that share how you feel and what is important to you. Teens age 12-18 who love photography are invited to join ImageMakers and explore photography through shooting assignments and activities. For the first meeting, bring five photos you have taken that you are proud of or that express you.

Registration ends March 9 at 2 p.m.

Mesa Code Clubs (throughout March)

Mondays 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Saguaro Room at Main Library | 64 E. 1st St.

Wednesdays 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

THINKspot at Red Mountain Library | 635 N. Power Road

Thursdays 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Dobson Ranch Meeting room at Dobson Ranch Library | 2425 S. Dobson Road

Ever wanted to learn how to code? Join us and learn to how to make computer games and websites. No computer or coding experience needed. Beginners are welcomed. Come have fun with us while you gain coding skills.

Registration is required.

NAU Cline Library MakerLab

March 10 | 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Youth Activity room at Main Library | 64 E. 1st St.

Come get a preview of Southwest Makerfest activities presented by NAU's Cline Library MakerLab. Check out 3D printers, do some hands-on activities, and learn about maker-related educational tracks at NAU. One lucky raffle winner will even take home a unique 3D-printed item.

Teen Hangout Presents Geek Squad Academy: Web Know-How Class for Teens

March 8 | 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Dobson Meeting room at Dobson Ranch Library | 2425 S. Dobson Road

Celebrate Teen Tech Week 2017 with Best Buy's Geek Squad Agents as they present a coding workshop. Participants will learn web making by manipulating code through hands-on and guided online activities. Bring your own laptop or use one of ours. Ages 12-16.

Registration ends March 8 at 12 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

To register visit: www.MesaLibrary.org and click on the "Events" tab or call, (480) 644-3100 for more information.

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About Teen Tech Week and YALSA

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 oftechnology, especially the 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, trustedprofessionals who can help themachieve greater digital literacy.

Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.

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Feb., 27, 2017

Library
Contact: Lily King-Cisneros
Tel. 480-644-4119

Lily.King-Cisneros@mesaaz.gov



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