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Tech Carrot For Teens at NV Libraries This Week

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 By Michael Clifford/Craig Eicher, Contact
March 7, 2007

Teens are being lured into their local libraries this week with the promise of dancing, video games and TV downloads. "Teen Tech Week" is an attempt to teach teens how to use computers for their schoolwork. Nevada Library Association's Jim Crockett says the goal is to show students that libraries are part of the high-tech world.

"Sometimes they're surprised that they can get right on a computer, with or without a library card, so I think we are trying to surprise the kids a little bit and show them we are up to date, modern and technologically savvy."

Seven out of 10 teenagers use the Internet for school work, according to a recent Harris Interactive poll, while they spend almost six and a half hours each day using electronic media.

Organizers say Teen Tech Week will help teens boost their online skills, including blogs and Web pages. This afternoon, Jason Adams at the Mendive Community Library will help teens jazz up their blogs and "My Space" Web pages.

"We'll show them how they can add color, pictures, videos and flashy things that go across the screen. It's all fun stuff that they can spice up their site with."

Crockett adds the South Valleys Library in Reno will be moving and shaking Saturday afternoon.

"We're having a "Dance, Dance Revolution" video game tournament, and that's a great participation event. It has the technology, it has kids moving around, and it brings kids into the library, so that's one that hits it all for us."

More on Harris Survey and Teen Tech Week available at www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teentechweek/ttw.htm.

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