Rockford Public Library Celebrates Annual Teen Tech Week

DIY @RPL during Teen Tech Week March 9 – 15, 2014

Local teens will be tuning in as Rockford Public Library celebrates the annual Teen Tech Week March 9-15, 2014. Rockford Public Library joins thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, “DIY @ your library®.” Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.
Amber Kresol, RPL’s Young Adult Librarian, feels that “Getting teens into libraries is essential. Offering gaming, access to computers, and online homework help is important, and letting them know that we can help educate them on how to use these resources will get them in the door. Once they’re in the door, we can show teens that with technology at the library, anything is possible.”

Teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Tech Week at Rockford Public Library.

  • Social Media Sleuths
    How much personal information do your friends reveal online? Through using the websites and, teens will play detectives and investigate each other over the internet. Two investigators will leave with a prize: the teen who invents an “uncrackable” password and the teen who demonstrates how to set strict privacy settings.
    Tuesday, March 11, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Main Library / 2nd Floor Computer Room
  • March Music Mania
    Do you think you have an ear for music? Then test your knowledge of popular musicians in a trivia game. Show your skills in three different areas: listen to a song and guess the artist and title, visually recognize a celebrity, and get to know artists by playing Celebrity Bingo. The teen with the most correct answers wins a prize.
    Wednesday, March 12, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
    Main Library / Auditorium
  • Geeked on Pinterest
    Got a knack for cooking, carpentry, or crafts? Explore new projects on Pinterest. Got a taste for fashion, music, or art? Share your creations on Pinterest. In this class, you’ll learn how to effectively search, collect, and organize pins to help inspire your obsessions.
    Thursday, March 13, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
    Main Library / 2nd Floor Computer Room
  • Search Engines Battles
    Can you win the “Finish That Phrase!” battle against other teens online? Teens will be given the beginning of a random phrase (for example, “Dinosaurs are,” “My shoes have a,”) to see what ridiculous answers the autofill comes up with in various popular search engines. The teens with the most ridiculous, hilarious, and out-of-this-world autofill answers will win prizes, but every teen will win a prize if they use each search engine successfully.
    Friday, March 14, 4:30 – 5:45 p.m.
    Main Library / 2nd Floor Computer Room

For more information on these and other RPL programs, please visit our events calendar at
Teen Tech Week is held annually the second week of March. For an updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations, visit

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