Alameda County Library is celebrating Teen Tech Week (March 5-11) by showcasing digital resources and technology available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college.
With a library card, teens can:
- Get online homework help.
- Check out a Laptop for 2 hours in the library (available at the Albany, Castro Valley, Fremont, San Lorenzo, and Union City Libraries).
- Borrow a Wi-Fi hotspot for three weeks (available at the Centerville and Newark Libraries).
Teens can use these free resources to:
- Complete homework
- Do research
- Type assignments
- Take online practice tests for the SAT. Here’s a list of librarian-recommended sites to help you prepare for the SAT.
We also offer classes for coding, makerspace activities, and 3-D printing. View our calendar for upcoming events.
Here’s some fun activities we’re offering during Teen Tech Week and throughout the month of March. Many of these events are part of Art IS Education, a series of 300 free arts events for youth, adults, and families. Take a look at our booklet that includes more arts activities for teens.
Tuesday, March 7, 6 - 7:30 pm, Graphic Novel Workshop with Phil Yeh - Union City Library
Phil Yeh, also known as the Godfather of the American Graphic Novel, brings his wit and wisdom to Union City! Participants will learn how to create their own unique graphic novel characters, get hands on experience in drawing a funny comic strip, and a demonstration on the process of actually writing a comic strip. For ages 8 and up including teens, adults and seniors.
Thursday, March 9, 4 - 5:30 pm, “Creative Characters!” Workshop - Albany Library
Teens and tweens, join Teaching Artist Angie Wilson and learn to sew a stuffed anime inspired character from colorful felt! Customize a sewing kit to take home for more sewing adventures. All materials are provided.
Saturday, March 11, 2 - 4 pm, Origami Workshop for All Ages - Albany Library
Fold your way into spring! Join Margo Wecksler for an afternoon of paper-folding in celebration of the season.
Friday, March 24, 2:30-4:30 pm, 3-D printing for Teens - Union City Library
In this introductory 3D printing program, attendees ages 14-18 will design emojis to learn the basic principles associated with 3D printing. Program limited to 15 participants; please register at the library or by calling 510-745-1464.
Saturday March 25, 1 - 3 pm, 4T Digital Makerspace Focus on Scratch - San Lorenzo Library
Come and learn Scratch, a visual coding language easy enough for beginners, but deep enough for advanced coders too. Past STime students are especially invited to come in and continue to develop their programming skills. Use the Library’s laptops or bring your own. For ages 9 to adult.