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Teen Tech Week @ Your Library

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We're celebrating Teen Tech Week 2017 from March 5th-11th at the Toledo Lucas County Public Library with a variety of awesome technology programs for teens and tweens! For instance, you can attend a 'Meet and Greet' event with Nintendo of America, learn about Minecraft Coding, or even use a green screen with your friends at Main Library. These programs and many more are taking place all week throughout Lucas County, and there’s something for everyone. See the listings below for all the details on our upcoming teen programs, and go online to get registered today.


According to the American Library Association:

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is 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 technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.

Check out TLCPL’s Teen Tech Week Programs!

Main Library | Teen General Space
325 Michigan Street | Toledo, Ohio 43604
Monday-Thursday, March 6-9 | 9:00 AM – 8:30 PM
Friday, March 10 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Green Screen Etiquette
Our new photo booth and green screen have backgrounds to choose and are set up to share the photos you create with them. And we’ve been careful to follow copyright rules in our set-up. If you want to use the green screen with your own devices, you need to know how to follow those rules as well. We’ll show you how this green screen technology works plus apps and sites you can use to be copyright considerate while you learn and explore this fun technology.
Birmingham Branch
203 Paine Avenue | Toledo, Ohio 43605
Tuesday, March 07 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Random Acts of STEAM
Teen Tech Week Edition! Are you into science? Technology? Engineering? Art? Math? Come to the Library every Tuesday in February and March for a unique drop-in opportunity to create, innovate and learn.
Holland Branch
1032 South McCord Road | Holland, Ohio 43528
Saturday, March 11 | 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Teen Tech Week: Hack the News
Love the Media? They say it influences everyone – does it influence you? Let's talk about it, think about it, craft it, and finally let's get tech savvy and re-create your own webpage by tinkering with an existing webpage. Oh yeah, snacks will be provided too! Space is limited. Grades 5-12. Registration is required.
Lagrange Branch
3422 Lagrange Street | Toledo, Ohio 43608
Thursday, March 9 | 4:00 PM 5:00 PM
Teen Tech iPad Experience

Learn something new while hanging out with friends. Enjoy snacks, eMedia, and games! We provide the iPads, you provide the fun.
Maumee Branch
501 River Road | Maumee, Ohio 43537
Saturday, March 4 | 3:00 PM 4:00 PM
Teen Tech: Snacks & Hacks

Using our laptops and some simple coding we will show you how to change the headlines, literally. Amaze your friends as you are suddenly featured on the front page of The Toledo Blade, Entertainment Weekly, and more. There will also be lots of snacks to munch on. Grades 5 - 12.
Oregon Branch
3340 Dustin Road | Oregon, Ohio 43616
Wednesday, March 8 | 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Deconstruction Zone
Curious about how technology works? We will be taking apart old equipment and toys to see how they work. Let's see if we can salvage parts for our own creations. No registration required.
Point Place Branch
2727 117th Street | Toledo, Ohio 43611
Monday-Wednesday, March 6-8 | 9 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday-Saturday, March 9-11 | 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Get Caught Reading

Celebrate Teen Tech Week and get caught reading!  Put down your smartphones, iPads, etc. because anytime the library staff catches you reading in the library you could receive a special surprise. March 6-11, during library hours.
Reynolds Corners Branch
4833 Dorr Street | Toledo, Ohio 43615
Monday-Thursday, March 5-9 | 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM

Codebot Cup Challenge
Take part in Teen Tech Week with this unplugged challenge. Follow the prompts on the display or write your own code to create a cup stack. Challenge a friend to see who can code the most complex cup structure. During library hours.
Sanger Branch
3030 W. Central Avenue | Toledo, Ohio 43606
Tuesday, March 7 | 2:30 PM - 5:30 PM
HTML Challenge

What is HTML? Learn the basics in this fun drop-in program!

Tuesday, March 7 | 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Minecraft Mania

Stop by for snacks and Minecraft fun!
Sylvania Branch
6749 Monroe Street | Sylvania, Ohio 43560
Wednesday, March 8 | 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Super Game Nite: Meet and Greet with Nintendo of America
Bring your friends to Sylvania Branch and play the latest games on the Nintendo Wii U. We’ll have 4 controllers so everyone can play at once! A Nintendo representative will be here to answer your questions about the new Nintendo Switch and all your favorite Nintendo games. We’ll have a raffle for a Nintendo sticker prize pack. Snacks and drinks will be provided. No registration required.

Thursday, March 9 | 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Teen Tech Night: Understanding HTML

Have you ever wondered how to create your own webpage? HTML is short for HyperText Markup Language. HTML is used to create electronic documents (called pages) that are displayed on the Internet. We’ll learn how HTML and CSS style sheets work to create content on the web. Bring your imagination and curiosity – we are going to have fun! Registration is required.

Saturday, March 11 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
ACT/SAT Testing Resources for Teens on Learning Express Library

Are you a high school student who is getting ready to take the ACT or SAT test in 2017? Attend one of the classes in our new program, Learning Express Library: ACT/SAT Testing Resources for Teens. We can teach you how to access the most up to date practice tests from the library, home, or on the go. Sign up for one of these sessions to learn more. Registration is required.
Toledo Heights Branch | Teen Area
423 Shasta Drive | Toledo, Ohio 43609
Monday-Tuesday, March 6-7 | 9:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday-Friday, March 8-10 | 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Password Security Quiz
Test your skills and take the Password Security Quiz. During library hours.
Washington Branch
5560 Harvest Lane | Toledo, Ohio 43623
Monday, March 6 | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Minecraft Coding
Have you ever wondered how video games are made? We'll learn how video game coding techniques work to form your favorite games such as Minecraft.
Waterville Branch
800 Michigan Avenue | Waterville, Ohio 43566
Saturday, March 11 | 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
ACT/SAT Testing Resources for Teens on Learning Express Library

Are you a high school student who is getting ready to take the ACT or SAT test in 2017? Attend one of the classes in our new program, Learning Express Library: ACT/SAT Testing Resources for Teens. We can teach you how to access the most up to date practice tests from the library, home, or on the go. Sign up for one of these sessions to learn more. Registration is required. Call 419-878-3055 for more details.

Saturday, March 11 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Celebrate Teen Tech Week ... Hack the Web
Have you ever wanted to "change" the internet or learn cool new ways to use the internet? Celebrate Teen Tech Week and learn some new hacks that will astound your friends and family. Learn more about becoming a member of Waterville's Teen Advisory Board. Grades 5-12. Registration is required.

Books for Minecraft Fans

Block wonders : how to build super structures in Minecraft® / Kirsten KearneyBlock Wonders: How to Build Super Structures in Minecraft by Kirsten Kearney

Block Wonders
is the ultimate guidebook for seasoned Minecraft players eager to take the game’s “creative mode” to the max, presenting more than 30 of the most spectacular buildings, structures, and objects created by master Minecraft builders.

This guide includes step-by-step instructions as well as interviews and tips with representations of ancient wonders, modern landmarks, and icons of transportation, as well as fantastic structures and working contraptions. Architectural gems such as the Colosseum, Beijing Stadium, and Taj Mahal are featured alongside gamer favorites like giant floating dragons and incredible panoramas of fantasy worlds. From the pyramids of Giza to a perfect space shuttle replica, these enormous projects are showcased in full color.
Block City: How to build incredible worlds in Minecraft / Kirsten Kearney with Yazur StrovozBlock City: How to Build Incredible Worlds in Minecraft by Kirsten Kearney with Yazur Strovoz

Block City presents a collection of amazing Minecraft cities created by masters, with step-by-step tutorials for readers to build structures and features themselves.
Minecraft by ConCrafter: An Unofficial Guide with New Facts and Commands by ConCrafterMinecraft by ConCrafter: An Unofficial Guide with New Facts and Commands by ConCrafter

Formats: Print | eBook

Shares interesting facts about the video game and cool commands that will help users become experts, including how to get a rainbow sheep, how to write text into thin air, and how to let a creeper fly.

Learn More About Coding / Computer Programming

Coding for Dummies by Nikhil AbrahamCoding for Dummies by Nikhil Abraham

No coding experience is required for Coding For Dummies, your one-stop guide to building a foundation of knowledge in writing computer code for web, application, and software development. It doesn't matter if you've dabbled in coding or never written a line of code, this book guides you through the basics. Using foundational web development languages like HTML, CSS, and JavaScript, it explains in plain English how coding works and why it's needed.
Learn to program with small basic : an introduction to programming with games, art, science, and math / by Majed Marji and Ed PriceLearn to Program with Small Basic: An Introduction to Programming with Games, Art, Science, and Math by Majed Marji and Ed Price

An introduction to programming with Small Basic, the free programming language for beginners based on BASIC and created by Microsoft. Covers topics like storing and manipulating data with variables; processing user input to make interactive programs; if/else statements; loops; and subroutines. Each chapter includes practice examples.

Computer Programming Books for Kids

How to Code: A step-by-step guide to computer coding / Max WainewrightHow to Code: A Step-By-Step Guide to Computer Coding by Max Wainewright

Welcome to the world of computer coding! Become a master coder, with these step-by-step instructions and robot helpers too! How to Code teaches you all the basic concepts, including Loops, Variables, and Selection, and then develops your skills further until you can create your own website . . . and more! Learn how to use Logo, build games in Scratch, program projects in Python, experiment with HTML, and make interactive web pages with JavaScript.
Learn to Program by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth TweedaleLearn to Program by Heather Lyons and Elizabeth Tweedale

Learn programming basics in this kid-friendly, easy-to-follow book. It covers computer languages, writing programs, bugs, and loops using real-world examples and fun illustrations. Online and offline activities also boost learning and skills.
Coding Games in Scratch: A step-by-step visual guide to building your own computer games by Jon WoodcockCoding Games in Scratch: A Step-By-Step Visual Guide to Building Your Own Computer Games by Jon Woodcock

Formats: Print | eBook

Coding computer programs is one of the most valuable skills for anyone to have. Written for children with little to no coding experience, Coding Games in Scratch guides children through building platform games, puzzles, racers, and 3-D action games.
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