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Tech "Carrots" for Teens at ID Libraries This Week

March 6, 2007

It's a week of dancing, video games and TV downloads at Idaho libraries this week, all to encourage teens to check out what libraries are all about these days. "Teen Tech Week" is a chance to prompt teenagers get the know-how they'll need to use computers for their schoolwork.

Boise Public Library teen program leader Linda Brilz says it's also important that students know libraries have entered the world of high-tech, too -- and that they're in business to help.

"We want to prove to them that we have things other than just books. We have databases, we have DVDs, different libraries have video games. Twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, they can log in and there will be a librarian on the other end of that session. They can get homework help, and that sort of thing."

At least one library is hosting a "Dance, Dance Revolution" party to tempt teens to visit. A recent Harris Poll shows that 71 percent of teens rely on the Internet to help finish homework -- in addition, of course, to the endless hours they spend on sites like Faebook and MySpace, keeping up with friends.

Deborah Smith/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - ID