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Learn Create Share @ your library this Teen Tech Week™

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At thousands of libraries across the United States, teens can log onto computers to complete research for homework or use software to make videos about their favorite books. Libraries offer free access to technology for learning or for fun in a safe environment. In a world where communication is instant and technology changes rapidly, developing solid information literacy skills is more important than ever. Librarians and libraries play an important role in fostering those skills for teens.

Teen Tech Week™, a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and held March 7-13, highlights the technology available to teens at libraries and that librarians are qualified, trusted information professionals who provide guidance and instruction to teens and their families. The purpose of Teen Tech Week is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the nonprint resources offered through libraries, such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, online homework help, video games, and more.

Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library hosts ‘Book It: The Party,’ the first in a series of after-hour events in the Central Library

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The Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library collaborated with local businesses and professional organizations to present “Book It: The Party” — a social event connecting busy people through friendship, food, drinks, games, and service. The Friends invited adults of all ages (but particularly 20- to 40-somethings) to Central Library on Thurs., April 1, 7 p.m., for an evening of fun, games, and prizes.

Designed to bring young professionals into the library and cultivate future leaders, “Book It: The Party” provided guests with an opportunity to meet new people, explore the Italian Renaissance Revival-style library that is the heart of the system, and give something back to the library and the city in which they live and work. More than 150 people attended. The hope is that this will be the first in a series of events geared toward young professionals.

ALTAFF Forms National Partnership with Paula Poundstone

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Emmy-award winning comedian Paula Poundstone will help raise awareness for Friends of the Library groups as national spokesperson with the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of ALA with approximately 5,000 Friends of Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters.

ALA Washington Office Accepting Entries for WHCLIST Award

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The White House Conference on Library and Information Services Taskforce (WHCLIST) and the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office is accepting entries for the 2010 WHCLIST Award, which will provide a stipend of $300 for a non-librarian participant to attend Library Advocacy Day on June 29, 2010, in Washington, D.C.  The winner will attend the rally and will also attend Congressional meetings with his/her elected officials and/or their staffs.  The winner will be introduced at the rally and participate in advocacy meetings in Congressional offices.

National Library Workers Day celebrated during National Library Week

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The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association (ALA-APA), an organization that advocates for improving the salaries and status of librarians and support staff, is sponsoring the second annual National Library Workers Day (NLWD) on Tuesday, April 12, during ALA-sponsored National Library Week (April 10-16).  NLWD is a day for library staff, users, administrators and Friends groups to recognize the valuable contributions made by all library workers -  including librarians, support staff and others.

NBA star Dwyane Wade named Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month

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This September, Olympic gold medalist and 2008-2009 NBA top scoring player Dwyane Wade wants Americans to know that a library card is the “smartest card” in every wallet.

As Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Wade has donated his time and image to the creation of a print public service announcement (PSA). ALA will place the PSA in magazines during the month of September. Librarians can download the PSA at