March 4 through 10 is Teen Tech week. The year’s theme is Libraries are For Creating and the Omaha Public Library has a number of programs scheduled for kids ages 8 through 18.
Emily Getzschman, Marketing Manager for OPL, says Teen Tech Week is a campaign offered through the Young Adult Library Services Association each year. She says it’s a chance for teens to explore the digital resources and services available to them at their library, but also to help prepare them for future careers in technology.
“There’s things ranging from coding for teens, which is a really valuable skill, obviously, to gaming programs that are just kind of fun -- they are online and digital programs -- and just exploring that and having a good time with friends. There’s robotics; there’s digital art, and there’s even a virtual reality cube, which is kind of exciting to explore and play with.”
Teen Tech events next week are scheduled at most of the Omaha Public library branches, typically between 4 and 6:30 p.m, -- with longer hours on Saturday.
Getzschman says the coding classes are pretty basic and don’t require previous coding experience.
All of the programs are free, but several do require preregistration and have a limited number of spaces available.
For a schedule of events and to register, the website is Omahalibrary.org