Charlotte Mecklenburg Library offers teens chance to "check in" through technology







News Release

Date: 2/28/13

The Charlotte Library invites teens to learn, create and share during Teen Tech Week. 

Charlotte, NC - Teens will be "Checking In" at the library as Charlotte Mecklenburg Library celebrates Teen Tech Week March 10-16. They join thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, "Check In @ your Library®.” This year’s theme encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.

Many adults worry that young people are wasting time online. But years of research on kids' informal learning with digital media tells a different story. A recent MacArthur study finds that despite what adults may think, when youth are online, they are actually learning "basic social and technical skills needed to fully participate in contemporary society." When exploring online, teens often discover new interests. What might come across as just "tinkering, and ‘messing around’" turns into learning about new forms of technology, thus increasing teens' levels of "technical and media literacy.”

Teen Tech week kicks off at Independence Regional Library on March 11 at 3 p.m. Teens (12-18) will be able to explore 3-D printing, electronics theory with Hackerspace, stop motion animation, computer programming, and learn about all the digital resources the library has to offer!

Other workshops include classes that let teens get hands-on with digital technologies through science and art, as well as informative programs that teach them about potential career fields such as app development and animation.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and others. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. .  

To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit, call 704.416.4660 or email For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and YouTube.


For details such as locations and times, click on the links in the titles below.

App Creation
Explore the lucrative field of app creation and experiment
with several free app creation programs online.
Get a taste of what it’s like to be an app developer. (Teens 12‐18)

XBox Kinect Gaming Tournament
Compete against teens at other library branches to see who has
the fiercest dance skills. The winning dance team scores a  
trophy for their branch and system‐wide fame. (Teens 12‐18)
Makey Makey
Anyone can be an inventor with this circuit board kit! Turn fruit,
play‐doh, pencil drawings, and almost anything you can think  
of into a keyboard or game controller. (Teens 12‐18) 
Create A Gif
Learn how to create an animated gif by combining photos in a
series with easy to use software. (Teens 12‐18)
Stop Motion Time Capsule
Learn about stop animation and create an animated video with
an iPod touch and our ReadyAnimator technology. Use our  
paper animation templates to create a video time capsule
about a typical day for teens at your library. (Teens 12‐18)
Retro Cinema: Tech in the Movies
See what teens in the past thought future technology would
look like. You’ll be shocked to see the difference between their  
picture of the future and reality. (Teens 12‐18)
Book Display and Teen Choice Awards
Stop by the Teen Tech Week display at your branch to fill out a
Teen Choice Awards handout, pick up a bookmark, and browse  
new tech titles. (Teens 12‐18)
Catalog Scavenger Hunt
Check in to see what the library has to offer with this Teen Tech
Week library scavenger hunt. (Teens 12‐18)
Crack the Code
Solve puzzles to be entered for a chance to win a Teen Tech
Week‐themed prize. (Teens 12‐18)
For more information about the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, visit our website at Also look for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library on Facebook,TwitterFlickr and YouTube.


Media Contact: Angela M. Haigler, 
Communications and Marketing, 
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
Phone:  (704) 416-0704


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