Local teens will be "checking in" at their library as the Petoskey District Library celebrates its sixth annual Teen Tech Week March 10-16.
Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.
"Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology," says Fowler, "Over the last several years the library's role in increasing digital literacy has become more and more important, nearly equal to that of reading literacy."
Fowler and youth services assistant, Julianne Michaels, will offer two programs to celebrate Teen Tech Week:
-- Kindle 101 from 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12. Teens can drop by the basement desk and learn how to download books from the library's collection of ebooks to a Kindle. Owning a Kindle is not necessary to participate.
-- "Using Your Smart Phone for GPS" from 4-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13. Teens will learn how to figure out how to get from here to there using a smart phone. This activity is in preparation for a geocaching activity on Saturday, April 20, that the library will offer for Earth Day in collaboration with the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, Emmet County Department of Public Works, Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council and North Country Trails.
Specifics about these and other teen activities at the library may be found by visiting the library's web site, www.petoskeylibrary.org.