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posted: 3/5/2014 2:06 PM

Bartlett Public Library offers Teen Tech activities

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Submitted by Bartlett Public Library District

The Bartlett Public Library offers teenagers a place to create, collaborate and congregate during Teen Tech Week scheduled March 9-15. Planned activities are designed to meet the changing interests and needs of middle and high school students who have the desire to keep up with the "tech savvy" times and trends.

Scheduled events:

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• Makerspace Open House: 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9. This Open House provides an opportunity to "create." Teens are encouraged to take part in a variety of interactive stations: the chance to take apart a computer, to work with snap circuit technology, to create arts and crafts, to work with editing software in the computer lab and to share individual creativity and knowledge in a "bring from home" station where participants are encouraged to share an ongoing project for advice, feedback and assistance.

• Teen Advisory Board Meeting: 7 p.m. Monday, March 10. Create your space! Teens are invited to play a role in creating programs/activities offered at the Bartlett Public Library and to provide input on books and materials best suited to meet their needs.

• Digital Comic Creation: 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 11. Join the group to create digital comics! Registration required.

Scratch Video Game Creation: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12. Gamers are invited to share inspiration and ingenuity in an interactive session while learning to create a video game using Scratch. Registration required.

• Appy Hour: 6 p.m. Thursday, March 13. Offering a trendy take on the traditional Happy Hour, this mixer offers teens a chance to socialize and enjoy refreshments while sharing Apps of all types -- the latest, the greatest and the coolest.

Teen Librarian, Lisa Barefield, said, "The timing is right. Teenagers are immersed in technology and are in need of avenues to learn and to share. We scheduled these events to support their interests and to provide a location to brainstorm, share and collaborate."

Registration is required for the Digital Comic and Scratch Video Game Creation sessions while the Makerspace Open House, Appy Hour and Teen Advisory Board Meeting are drop-in sessions with no registration required. All students seventh through twelfth grade are invited and encouraged to take part in Teen Tech Week. Registration and specific questions regarding these events can be directed to Lisa at (630) 837-3348 or lbarefield@bartlett.lib.il.us.

The Bartlett Public Library District provides programs and services to meet the needs of the community. The library is located at 800 S. Bartlett Road. For information and a complete listing of scheduled programs, call (630) 837-2855 or visit online 24/7 at www.bartlettlibrary.org.

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