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Teen Tech Month Celebration Returns to Libraries in March

More and more, teens are using non-print media for information and recreation.  One recent study found that young people between the ages of eight and 18 spend an average of six-and-a-half hours a day using media. 

Tech-savvy teens can have a blast with the Metropolitan Library System’s annual Teen Tech Month celebration from March 11 through March 31 at six MLS libraries.  Events include Gamefest at five libraries, a Guitar Hero Tournament at Ralph Ellison Library, and a chance to learn how to make a real rocket out of household materials.

“Teen Tech Week is a creation of the Young Adult Library Services Association,” said MLS Young Adult Services Coordinator Emily Williams, “but we think the purpose of the event is so important, we stress it for a month.  The idea is to show teens that the public library is a great place to come to learn competency when it comes to the ethical use of technology.  We go about it in fun ways through the use of videogames.”

Over 70 percent of teens use the Internet as their primary source for doing school work, and the library wants them to know how to use the technology at their finger tips to produce the best results.  Those lessons are insinuated through the fun teens can have at the library when they explore videogames with their friends.

Gamefest will be celebrated at these libraries:

Wednesday, March 11, 6-7:30pm, Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th (672-1377)

Thursday, March 12, 6-7:30pm, Choctaw Library, 25235 Muzzy Street (390-8418)

Thursday, March 19, 6:30-8pm, Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63rd ( 721-2616) 

Saturday, March 28, 1-4pm, Belle Isle Library, 5501 N. Villa (843-9601)

Tuesday, March 31, 6-8pm, Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker (631-4468)

The Mad Rocket Scientist will visit these libraries:

Tuesday, March 17, 4-5:30pm, Southern Oaks Library, 6900 S. Walker (631-4468)

Thursday, March 19, 4-5:30pm, Del City Library, 4509 SE 15th (672-1377)

The Guitar Hero Tournament will be at the Ralph Ellison Library, 1918 NE 23rd (424-1437), on Saturday, March 21, from 5:30-7:30pm.

The Metropolitan Library System of Oklahoma County includes 12 libraries and five extension libraries.  Libraries include Belle Isle, Capitol Hill, Ralph Ellison, Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and Southern Oaks in Oklahoma City, as well as Bethany, Choctaw, Del City, Edmond, Midwest City, Village and Warr Acres.  Extensions are located in the communities of Harrah, Jones, Luther and Nicoma Park and include Wright Library in Oklahoma City.  You can also reach us at www.metrolibrary.org.