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October 21, 2009 > Alameda County Library News: Teens in the Library

Alameda County Library News: Teens in the Library

Teen Read Week, which occurred this past week from October 18th through the 24th, is one example of library efforts to encourage young adults to share the love of reading with each other. This year's Teen Read Week theme was "Read Beyond Reality", and encouraged teens to read something out of this world, just for the fun of it. In the Alameda County Library system teens were encouraged to participate in Teen Read Week by logging on to the teen blog at the library's website, www.aclibrary.org, and voting for the Teen's Top Ten Books for 2009. Results of the vote will be announced during Teen Read Week after this article has gone to print, the results can be accessed at www.ala.org/teenstopten.

Besides offering print materials, the library can provide access to computers if one is not available at home. In addition to searching friends' Facebook or Myspace pages, or "googling" on the public access computers, teens can find a variety of useful information by clicking on the teen section of the library's webpage. In addition to interesting tidbits of information available on the teen blog, other useful knowledge is available at the teen section of the website, such as information on prospective colleges, links to information on various hobbies, sports, anime, and music, and homework help, which features the library's subscription databases.

Another way the library is reaching out to teens today is by offering more programs for young adults. Whether taking part in solving a "murder mystery" at the Newark Library on October 30th (registration is required), getting homework help at the Union City or Newark branches, playing video games, or taking part in any upcoming teen programs , there are a variety of ways teens can be entertained and informed at the Alameda County Public Library. By checking the "Events" section of the library's website, teens can access program information.

As a nonprofit community organization, the library is a place where young adults can fulfill community service requirements for school. Besides satisfying a school requirement, volunteering at the library helps teens develop into mature contributing members of the community. Also, when filling out college or job applications, putting library volunteer experience is always a plus. The best times to find volunteer opportunities available at the library are at the beginning of the school year, in January, or second semester, and at the beginning of summer. However the Fremont Main, Newark, and Union City libraries are still in need of volunteers in their homework assistance programs. Teen volunteers are needed for upcoming Teen/Senior gaming programs. For further information about volunteer opportunities at the library click on the teen section of the library web page.

Next time you are at a loss as to what to do, stop by one of the Alameda County Libraries in the area. We may have just what you need.

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