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From Mario Kart to Scavenger Hunts—Teen Tech Week Draws Kids to Libraries

March 8, 2010

LAS VEGAS, Nev. - Many libraries across Nevada are casting a wide net to get more teenagers more involved at the library. One hook they are using is video gaming fun.

At the Las Vegas County Library District, Youth Services coordinator Mary Nelson Brown says X-Box consoles will be humming with all sorts of competitions as many local library branches celebrate Teen Tech Week.

"The kids meet with other kids and they get a chance to play games on those different consoles at the library. 'Mario Kart' is a big one here and so is 'American Idol.'"

Many libraries across the state are offering educational, social and recreational programs as part of Teen Tech Week, which runs through Saturday. X-Box games for teens will be offered Tuesday at the Whitney Library and on Wednesday at the West Las Vegas Library.

Brown says it's no secret that teens like games and gadgets, and that's why librarians use the high-tech approach to get kids to come in and sample the library. Once there, they can be exposed to all it has to offer.

"We want to bring them in for something fun and then teach them about some of our on-line homework resources that will help them with schoolwork."

Sierra View Library in northern Nevada and Clark County Library in southern Nevada are among the branches across the state that will give local teens a chance to compete as electronic sleuths and learn research skills while they have fun.

"It's an opportunity for kids to use the Internet to play kind of a scavenger-hunt game and possibly win some prizes."

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Mike Clifford, Public News Service - NV