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Teen tech week focuses on services at regional library

NANAIMO – Vancouver Island Regional Library is inviting teens to learn about the variety of resources available for teenage customers

All branches of Vancouver Island Regional Library are inviting teens to check in during Teen Tech Week to learn about the variety of resources available for teenage customers, including online homework help, free downloadable music and DVDs, book clubs, recommendations for great reads and teen advisory groups.

Teen Tech Week is celebrated across the country from March 10-16.

“Our branches are throwing open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcasing the outstanding technology we offer,” said Fiona Anderson, director of library services, in a press release. “Teen Tech Week is a way for librarians to collaborate with and educate teens about technology.

“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.”

The Harbourfront branch is celebrating all things “tech” with a science fiction movie screening and a gaming night with the Branch’s Xbox Kinect.

On March 12, at 5:30 p.m., the Harbourfront branch will show the film Serenity, the sci-fi cult classic directed by Joss Whedon and based on his TV series Firefly.

The Xbox gaming will begin at 3 p.m. on March 15 and last all afternoon, ending at 7:30 p.m. In addition to snacks, there will be information available at both sessions highlighting the library’s tech resources and programming for teens.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies.