The New Orleans Public Library is celebrating Teen Tech Week 2015 this week. Teens who participate in library events will join those at thousands of other libraries and schools across the country who are celebrating this year’s theme, “Libraries Are For Making,” to raise awareness about how the New Orleans Public Library creates a space to extend teens’ learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technology, especially the types offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to take advantage of the technology at libraries for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals who can help them achieve greater digital literacy.

As part of Teen Tech Week, a program on designing and making a brush bot will be offered four times: at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Children’s Resource Center, 913 Napoleon Ave; at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Main Library, 219 Loyola Ave.; at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Smith Library, 6301 Canal Blvd.; and at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

A program on starting a blog will be offered twice on Saturday: at 1 p.m. at the Norman Mayer Library, 3001 Gentilly Blvd.; and at 2 p.m. at the Nix Library, 1401 S. Carrollton Ave.

A program on making gifs will be offered at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Algiers Regional Library, 3014 Holiday Drive.

A program on making solar-powered robots will be offered at noon Saturday at Tubby & Coo’s Mid-City Bookshop, 631 N. Carrollton Ave.

A Makerspace event will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the Mid-City Library, 3700 Orleans Ave.

Charles Brown is the executive director of the New Orleans Public Library. For more information, visit