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Why do teenagers visit libraries?

By Irene Duncan, Friends of the Library

In interviewing teenagers, “three main roles of the public library” were found: (1) the library’s information portal, (2) the library as a space for social interaction/entertainment, and ( 3) the library as a beneficial physical environment.

So what do teens want in a library? They want and need access to books, information, a variety of resources and technology.

YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) was formed in 1957 to expand the ability of libraries to better serve teenagers.

Teen Read Week was established and has been observed since 1998. It is a nationwide observance hosted by libraries each October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round services for teens, and ways organizations whose teen services help teens learn new skills and fuel their passions. inside and outside the library.

Another national initiative sponsored by YALSA is Teen Tech Week which is celebrated in March. It is aimed at adolescents, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those available in libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks and video games. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use non-print library resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified and trusted IT professionals. Teen Tech Week began in 2007 with the overall theme Get Connected @ Your Library.

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Thanks to the expertise of two local gaming enthusiasts, Deb and Tyler Nelsen, Friends of the Library were delighted to purchase four Nintendo Switch consoles, games, monitors and accessories to enable the Kilgore Memorial Library to offer electronic games to young people, teenagers and adults of course to learn. This donation, along with many hours of volunteer support, will provide youth in the community and county with the opportunity to learn how to use the equipment while promoting social interaction, teamwork, time management, respect, honesty, strategic thinking and planning successfully. and failure. Additionally, playing electronic games and being part of a team can build a youngster’s self-confidence, which will help them succeed in school and beyond.

There are many opportunities for an e-gamer, including the possibility of a university scholarship to join an e-team while studying computer programming, taking business courses, preparing for a medical degree or even law. . Then after graduating from college there are many careers available including coding software for a future game and/or designing 2D or 3D images for a new game, becoming an event planner, coach, broadcaster social, medical personnel or even a lawyer (sports or corporate) to name a few.

Our goal as event coordinators is to strive to instill compassion, integrity, respect and courtesy in every young person with the primary goal of having a safe environment while playing fun games and healthy.

We will have an open play event on October 22, from noon to 5 p.m., which is open to anyone ages 10 and up. Of course, children under the age of 10 are welcome to this event but must be supervised by a parent or guardian. Adults are also welcome to attend or request a non-gaming event to learn how to use the equipment by contacting a Kilgore Memorial Library staff member. To attend a future event, please visit our website at libraries.ne.gov/York under tweens-teens, scroll down to gaming and click this link to take you to the upcoming events page.

National Friends of the Library Week runs from October 16-22. This week promotes groups that support libraries across the country. Observance offers groups the opportunity to learn more about membership opportunities, goals, plans and more.

October is National Manufacturing Month. You are invited to visit the Kent Bedient Gallery and the Elmer Baker Showcase this month. Local manufacturers showcase the potential of modern manufacturing, showcase their achievements, and generate interest in a career in manufacturing.

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