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Talking Tech @ Your Library!
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Teen pointing to her eReader with a big smile on her face.From Teen Tech Week to the New Creation Station, Broward County Library is Plugged In!
 
Teen Tech Week will be held March 9-15, 2014 and will be celebrated with a theme of "DIY @ your library." Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of digital media, especially the non-print resources offered through libraries, such as eBooks, eReaders, databases, audiobooks and social media.
 
Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' non-print resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 and has a general theme of Get Connected @ your library.
Teen using his computer on the grass 
Millions of teens don’t have access to a home computer and, were it not for libraries, would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills. Libraries offer a bridge across the digital divide. Libraries also recognize that digital media plays an important part in a teens’ life. That is why more libraries than ever are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they will use to obtain scholarships, secure jobs, effectively manage their online identity and more.
     
Upcoming Teen Tech Week Events at Broward County Library
 
March 4 - Teen Tech Tuesday: Learn the basics of music conversion and manipulation and how to DJ! 6 to 7 p.m., Lauderdale Lakes Library
March 8 - DIY@Your Library, 12:30 to 2 p.m., North Regional/Broward College Library
March 10 - Teen Flipagram Contest, grades 6-12, 3 to 4 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
March 10 - Learn to be a DJ with the Virtual DJ LE Beamz Edition and the Beamz by Flo Unit, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Jan Moran Collier City Learning Library
March 11 - Teen Tech Week: Celebrating technology for teens at our library: A texting competition, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Hollywood Library
March 12 - Teen Computer Jewelry Program, grades 6-12, 3 to 4 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
March 12 - Do It Yourself @ Your Library, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Main Library
March 13 - Teen Photography Workshop, ages 13-18, 5 to 6 p.m., Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern University, call 965-262-5477 to register
March 15 - Teen Tech Week: Wii Games, Snacks & Fun for Ages 11-17, 2 to 3 p.m., Tamarac Library
On Display March 6-13: Teen Photo Exhibit featuring works from students of Nova Southeastern University’s School of Digital Arts, during library hours, Alvin Sherman Library at Nova Southeastern UniversityFour eReaders showasing four downloadable eBooks
 
Digital Download Classes – Learn how to download eBooks, magazines and movies at free classes from Broward County Library!
 
March 1, 6, 13 - Digital Downloads. Learn how to download books, magazines, music and movies. Attendees must have basic operating knowledge of their devices, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Imperial Point Library
March 6 - Apps Class for iPad. (Class is limited to 6 participants). 4 to 5 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
March 6, 13, 20, 27 - E-Reader Open House, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, North Regional/Broward College
March 7 - Digital Photography: Using the Picasa Digital Photo Software, 2 to 3 p.m., Galt Ocean Mile Reading Center
March 10 - Magazines for Your Tablet/PC Using Zinio, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library
March 13, 27 - Download Free eBooks! 4 to 5 p.m., Northwest Regional Library
March 20 - Zinio only for IOS devices (Class is limited to 6 participants), 4 to 5 p.m., Northwest Regional Library

The Creation Station at Broward County Main LibraryWhat will YOU create?
 
Broward County Libraries Division announces new "Sneak Peek" hours for the new Creation Station, a makerspace and gadget lab located at Main Library in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Creation Station is free and open to the public.
   
The Sneak Peek hours are Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 7 p.m. The Creation Station makerspace is a community center equipped with tools and equipment such as state-of-the-art computers and 3D printers that are usually too expensive or specialized for most people to own. It also provides a gathering space for like-minded hobbyists to create and collaborate.
 
The uses of 3D printers are extensive and growing. Customers can engineer and print items such as phone or card cases, lamps, clocks, coffee cups, and household gadgets. Musicians can create 3D instruments, artists can sculpt their designs and print them for free and DIY crafters can make jewelry and accessories.
 
Customers can access the Creation Station's Tech Bar to try out tablets or print their own 3D creations using Google Sketchup. New, state-of-the-art Apple iMac computers are available for public use and Leap Motion technology turns ideas into reality with a brush of the hand.
 
"The Creation Station represents the democratization of design, engineering, fabrication and education for all residents of Broward County," says Broward County Libraries Division Director Skye Patrick. "The Creation Station will serve as a pathway for Broward County youth to ignite their imagination in a 21st-century digital learning environment."
 
As part of Broward County Library's mission to provide convenient access to a full range of innovative services that satisfy our customer's changing needs, Creation Station will enable new forms of learning, creativity, personal manufacturing and business opportunities. Broward County Libraries have traditionally bridged the digital divide by providing free internet service, public- use computers and access to expensive software such as Photoshop. Free classes in a variety of computer programs as well as general computer literacy, downloading materials and specialized courses for seniors, teens and speakers of Spanish are available in most library locations. The Creation Station will add another component to the Library's already existing community services.
 
Additional Creation Stations and Creation Stations Portals are planned for other Broward County Library locations. Each Creation Station will be different and offer unique creative opportunities. The Creation Station Portals will provide customers with computers that feature specialized creative software for 3D modeling, video editing, Photoshop, audio/video production and more. As more Creation Stations open, updates will be posted at Broward.org/Library/CreationStation.

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Get Your Tech On with Resources from Broward County Library

Always Use Protection: A Teen’s Guide to Safe Computing by Daniel Appleman
Honoring the Code: Conversations with Great Game Designers by Matt Barton
iPad for Artists by Dani Jones
iPads in the Library by Joel A. Nichols
IPad: The Missing Manual (2014) by J.D. Biersdorfer (eBook)
Makerspaces by Samantha Roslund (eBook)
The Makerspace Workbench by Adam Kemp
Tablet PCs: Easy Steps by Michael Price