Teen Tech Week at WMS

Libraries are for Making @ your library® during Teen Tech Week 2015

Local teens will be checking in at the library as Wilmington Middle School Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week March 3-6, 2015. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, Libraries are for Making @ your library®. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators, and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, to help them achieve greater digital literacy.

“Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians and educators to collaborate with and educate teens about technology,” says WMS Librarian, Mrs. Reigh “Over the last several years the library’s role in increasing digital literacy has become more and more important, equal to that of reading literacy.”

Mrs. Reigh feels that “It is important to provide opportunities for young people that are both educational and enjoyable. I want students to develop their strengths, pursue their interests, expand their horizons, and express their own voices. Teen Tech Week is a time when I can show them how technology can help them do that.”

Mrs. Reigh hopes to increase teen technology literacy locally by offering a series of programs starting on Tuesday when Lieutenant Hermes, from the Wilmington Fire Protection District, shows how technology is used by first responders and career opportunities in this intrepid field. Wednesday students will be entertained as Gardner-South Wilmington Schools Technology Coordinator Mr. Murray and Mrs. Reigh demonstrate notable iPad and computer apps. Thursday Mrs. Reigh shows us what our digital footprint can say about us and what we can do to change it. Friday will conclude our Teen Tech Week with Internet Safety Specialist Melissa Hemzacek, from the High Tech Crimes Bureau of the Office of the Illinois Attorney General, talks to us about how to stay safe in our digital world.

Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For an updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.