A Gathering Place Libraries Aim to Lure Teens with Tech Week

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Byline: Susan Dibble Daily Herald Staff Writer

Teen are a tough crowd for libraries, Sue Prindiville admits.

"Teens are a difficult group to reach simply because they are involved in so many activities outside school," said the library manager at Naperville's Nichols Library.

But that doesn't mean libraries are going to give up trying.

The Young Adult Services Association of the American Library Association has designated this week as its first Teen Tech Week. Local libraries are marking the occasion by trying to make teens more aware of their offerings and by asking teens what additional resources they want.

Prindiville said the Naperville Public Library already offers an online database that provides help with homework, as well as live homework help through tutor.com. An Askaway reference service that operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week also receives a lot of questions from teens, she said.

But library leaders know tech-savvy junior high and high school students may have additional resources they would like. So during Teen Tech Week, surveys will be available at all three libraries and on the Web site at www.naperville-lib.org.

Teens will be asked what technology they own and use now, and what they would like to see at the library.

"We're hoping to get some input from them that will help us make some planning decisions," Prindiville said.

Teens who fill out the survey will have the chance to win one of three raffle prizes that will be given out at the end of the survey.

At Lisle Library, the Teen Advisory Committee came up with another idea - ask teens to submit ideas for a new teen Web page. …