The Seattle Public Library to launch 'Push to Talk' blog for teens Oct. 1
The Seattle Public Library will launch a new blog for teens called "Push to Talk" on Monday, Oct. 1. To access "Push to Talk," visit www.spl.org and select "Push to Talk" under QUICK LINKS.
"The blog will connect our librarians and teen patrons like never before," said Erica Sternin, the Library's manager of youth services. "Librarians can use the online tool to build rapport with teens who might otherwise not visit a physical library. The blog allows for expression and the dynamic exchange of ideas."
A blog (short for Web log) is a Web site where entries are written in chronological order and commonly displayed in reverse chronological order. A blog frequently combines text, images and links to other blogs and Web pages. The ability for readers to leave comments is a feature of many blogs, including "Push to Talk."
"Push to Talk" will include the following resources for teens:
- Reviews by teens of books, movies, music, television shows and video games
- Information about employment and volunteer opportunities
- Information about homework assistance
- Book reviews by the Library's teen service librarians
- Links to articles about authors of interest to teens
- Teen poetry.
As part of the launch of "Push to Talk," the Library will hold a scavenger hunt for teens. Beginning Monday, Oct. 1, the Library will post clues to the blog every few days. The clues will involve completing tasks that reveal numbers. Teens who complete the tasks will add up all of the numbers at the end of the scavenger hunt. There will be a drawing later in the fall for an iPod Nano MP3 music player for teens who have the correct number. Other prizes will include gift certificates to the iTunes online music store.
"We're seeing that teens crave and expect interactivity on the Web," said Sternin. "The 'Push to Talk' blog is one way that the Library can reach one of our most important audiences in a medium they are familiar with. Participating should be just as much fun for our librarians as it is for teens."
For more information on "Push to Talk," call the Library at 206-386-4636 or visit www.spl.org.
For more information contact:
Andra Addison, communications director
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