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Tuesdays at the Library Mean Teens and Technology

By: Marcey Wright

Teens, mark your calendar for Teen Tech Tuesdays at Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library!Teens and technology will unite at the Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library (3030 Poplar Avenue) for Teen Tech Tuesdays (TTT), free and interactive sessions allowing teens a chance to learn today’s cutting edge technology for tomorrow’s world of work.

“TTT isn’t really a class,” explained Nancy Knight, assistant director of community outreach and special projects. “It’s like a ‘free period’ for experimenting and learning. IT professionals, graphic artists, and film makers will attend some sessions to discuss tech careers or offer hands-on instruction in film editing, photo editing, and other topics of interest.”

Thanks to funding from Best Buy, the Memphis Public Library Foundation purchased the latest technical gadgets for teens to freely explore each Tuesday, 2:30 pm – 5 pm at Central Library. Philanthropic organization Friends of the Library will provide snacks for participants during programs also.

Laptops, tablets, cameras, and tripods are a few of the devices teens can choose from, and organizers say more is on the way. “Soon we will add keyboards and a beat station as well, so teens can learn basic music editing. We will add equipment that is the latest and greatest in terms of quality and capability,” Knight said. “This will provide teens with an opportunity to do more with devices than just surf the Internet or update Instagram and Twitter.”

Largely driven by teens’ interest, Teen Tech Tuesdays will offer the tools and guidance teens say they want to learn. Knight commented, “If teens are interested in something specific and we don’t have instructors, we will reach out to the Library’s community partners to find someone who can offer the instruction they need. Plus, our teen librarians will provide Library resources for teens to explore independently.”

More than books alone within Library walls, Memphis Public Libraries are committed to “satisfying customers’ need to know” through technological advancement now and far into the future. “Assisting customers with finding the information they are looking for is the traditional role of the Library,” Knight concluded, “but TTT embodies the future of Library services!”

For more information about Teen Tech Tuesdays, call (901) 415-2726 or email Keshia.Williams@memphistn.gov.