Techno ‘lock-in’ for teens at OCC Library

       As part of a continuing outreach to teens, the Old Colorado City Branch Library will have what it's calling a “technophobic lock-in” Friday, March 13 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
       The event is connected with the annual Teen Tech Week created by the non-profit Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) of Chicago, Ill. According to the YALSA website, “the purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially those that are offered through libraries.”
       In Old Colorado City, activities are being planned by library staff with OC3, its youth advisory council. Only registered teens in grades 6-12 may enter. The doors will be locked at 6 p.m.
       “Westside kids will get the opportunity to see the myriad of technological resources available at their local library,” said part-time Old Colorado City Branch clerk Tiffany Paisley, who is organizing the event. “The lock-in is also an opportunity for the kids to realize their community library can be a gathering place, outside of school, work, and home - that they are members of the community and the public library belongs to them too.”
       Activities will include techno jewelry, online and video gaming, editing and uploading.
       A filled-out parental permission form is necessary for participants. The form is available at the Old Colorado City Library, 2418 W. Pikes Peak Ave. It must be returned by Wednesday, March 11. Registration is limited. Call 634-1698 for more information or email.

Westside Pioneer/press release