Fauquier County Public Library

Area Teens Learn to Code at the Library

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For Immediate Release

(Warrenton, VA) March 2, 2016 — The Fauquier County Public Library invites teens to Learn to Code @ the Library, a free program being offered during Teen Tech Week 2016. Participating teens join thousands of other teens at libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, “Create It At Your Library.”  The program is part of a national effort by libraries to create an environment beyond the classroom where teens can explore, create and share content.

Learn to Code @ the Library, is a free, hands-on program where teens will learn to create computer code to build a Star Wars galaxy, explore through the Minecraft world and try many other coding sites. It will be held at two library locations:

Monday, March 7, 4 p.m. – Warrenton central library
Call (540) 422-8500 x6864 to register

Tuesday, March 8, 4 p.m. – Bealeton branch library
Call (540) 422-8500 x3 to register

Ann McDuffie, youth services librarian at the Bealeton branch library noted “Getting teens into libraries is essential. Letting them know that we have unique tech classes like coding, access to computers, and online homework help will get them in the door. Once they’re in, we can teach teens how to use these resources and show them that with technology at the library, anything is possible.”

From coding classes to maker spaces, libraries across the country provide meaningful contributions to the educational and social development of teens in the community. It is a great way for libraries to collaborate with and educate teens about technology, part of the library’s role to increase digital literacy.

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.  It is held annually during the second week of March. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.

To learn more about other programs for teen at the Fauquier County Public library, visit http://fauquierlibrary.org/services/teens/.

Fauquier County Public Library locations are: Warrenton central library, 11 Winchester St.; Bealeton branch library, 10877 Willow Drive North; and John Marshall branch library, 4133 Rectortown Road, Marshall. Call (540) 422-8500 for more information about library events or locations.

Contact Lisa Pavlock
(540) 422-8518 (o)  (540) 272 0241 (c)
Email: lisa.pavlock@fauquiercounty.gov
fauquierlibrary.org

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