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Cole Corner: Anime masters to Hack Jam: March a time to celebrate all things tech
March 07, 2014 · Grace Chamberlain


March is one of my favorite months at the library. I am so excited about March that I can almost forget the dismally cold weather and the impending sense of doom that spring might not come this year. What's put me in such a dither, you say? Our upcoming Teen Tech Week, of course.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative started in 2007 by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) to help teens develop information literacy and technology skills, and to highlight non-print materials and resources within the library. Held annually, Teen Tech Week provides libraries like ours the opportunity to connect with teens using the technological tools they like best - computers, phones, social media, and much more.

This year's theme is "DIY at the Library," and the Cole Library will hold our Teen Tech Week alongside Mount Vernon Community School's spring break - March 17-21.

In celebration of all things tech, I've planned three awesome events. First off, we'll watch From Up on Poppy Hill, a new movie from anime powerhouse Studio Ghibli, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. Set against the backdrop of post-WWII Japan, two high school friends team up to save their school's clubhouse from demolition. As they work, a dark secret emerges from their past - will it pull them and their plans apart?

The following day, March 19 from 2 to 3 p.m., we'll take part in the makerspace craze and DIY our own duct tape speakers. These inventive speakers can be hooked up to any iPod, smartphone, or other device, so participants are invited to bring their own to test it out.

Finally, to end on a truly techy note, we'll host our first ever Hack Jam, set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 21 in the second floor computer lab.

Interested in the world of computer hacking? Then this is the program for you.

While we won't actually be hacking into real websites, we will teach you all about remixing and redesigning the web. Hack Jams like ours are designed around the way teens learn and use technology and are based on Mizuko Ito's concepts of hanging out, messing around, and geeking out.

Alongside these great programs, we'll be highlighting all of the digital resources the library offers. Check out the various signs in the YA Collection about Neighbors and Zinio, online libraries and magazine subscriptions that you can access with your iPad, Kindle or Nook.

Also, don't miss out on the QR code display, which provides links to book trailers. This and so much more, Teen Tech Week, March 17-21. Remember to RSVP to all events at 895-427.

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