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Libraries as Playgrounds for Digital Natives

Public libraries increasingly facilitate the acquisition of digital literacy skills, in coding, social media, gaming and the inventions of the Maker movement. Awareness of the scope of public library services, however, has lagged. In promoting the evolving role of libraries, why not start with one of the public library’s core user groups: our youth? Technology programs for children and teen have become a focus at the Brooklyn Public Library. We will demonstrate a few of these, and will discuss strategies for defining the public library as a center for technological innovation to the latest generations of digital natives.




Leigh Fox, Assistant Division Manager, Central Youth Wing, Brooklyn Public Library

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