Young People are Emerging into a Technical Society
The second week in March has been declared National Teen Tech Week. Technology for many people means reading a book on an e-reader rather than a bound book.
Technology is so much a part of our everyday lives that tomorrow’s workers will need advanced skills to perform the jobs. The technology to deliver a book to the shelf of the library is a good example. The publishing of a book involves innovative computers to economically produce a bound copy that can then be ordered entirely without printed materials.
The Syracuse library evaluates and orders from the weekly list of best sellers and upcoming favorite authors, and then can have an order delivered within the week. An amazing service we Americans have grown to expect is next day delivery. Usually, within the week after the 60 to 80 books arrive at the library, they are cataloged into a database and given a unique identifier and ready for checkout.
Are e-books a useful and necessary use of technology? A small group of psychologists and neurologists are running memory tests and finding that people have to work harder to remember the facts they read off an electronic device. Remembering the characters in an easy, relaxing e-book is more difficult than remembering while reading from the pages of a book. Smaller screens make the problem worse. Young people may have to find new ways to learn when their textbooks are presented in e-book form. People shouldn’t apologize for wanting to read a hard copy by that favorite author; plenty of technology went into putting that book on the shelf.
Young adults are invited to look at the newest books, meet other book loving teens and play Spoons. Spoons is a fast paced card game that is easy to learn. A snack is provided at 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 18. This is an open, drop-in meeting for young people that are in sixth through 12th grade.
The monthly homeschooling informational meeting is at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 20. These are free programs, for additional information call the Syracuse Library at 574-457-3022.