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Central Library’s Teen Tech Week Lets Teens ‘Do It Yourself'

By: Na’Tasha Farr, Special to MPLIC

Teen Tech Week 2013 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library was a blast! Make plans to attend Teen Tech Week 2014.Where’s a place that teen computer whizzes and a do-it-yourself fanatics can come together to create, explore, and share content? It's at this year's Teen Tech Week: Do It Yourself @ Your Library, a national event celebrated on March 8 and 11, 2014 at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue, meeting room A).

To kick off the fun, Clockwork Mechanalists, Memphis’ premiere Steampunk group, will present a program called Literacy Through Steampunk on Saturday, March 8 at 2 pm. Donning their Steampunk costumes, the group will host a fashion show, do dramatic readings, and lead a book discussion for teens to enjoy. They will also display Steampunk devices that they have created.

Teen Librarian Keshia Williams said she encourages teens to get involved in this event. “Simply show up and bring a friend or two! Help to get the word out about Teen Tech Week on Twitter with the hashtag #TTW14.”

Then on March 11 at 2:30 pm, during Teen Tech Tuesday, the Library will open its creativity lab for teens to use apps like GarageBand, Movie Maker, Storybird, and Photo Booth. Teen Tech Tuesday will offer these future professionals an opportunity to explore critical thinking, computer programming, graphic arts and design, and composition skills by composing their own songs, doing voiceovers, creating their own movies, and artistically re-touching photos.

“Teens can learn about technology and have fun at the same time,” said Williams. “Maybe, it will influence them to pursue a related career in the future!”

For more information on Teen Tech Week or other upcoming teen events at the Library, call (901) 415-2726.