Teen Tech Week Mixes Music and Technology

APL is celebrating Teen Tech Week with a series of free programs March 8 through March 14 that combine the art of making music with the science of technology. The goal is to give youngsters a collaborative outlet for their creativity while teaching them about new technologies.

The Teen Tech Week programs take place in the Children’s Room at the Main Library at 161 Washington Avenue.

We are hosting WEXT radio show “The Peanut Butter Jam” on Saturday, March 8, from 11 am to 1 pm in the Main Library Children’s Room. Station DJ Chris Wienk visits to record a special episode of the popular children’s music program. Kids can DJ and try out their radio voices to make special announcements and introduce songs. The program also includes live music. The special APL episode of “The Peanut Butter Jam” show will be played on WEXT 97.7 FM at a future date.

The Build-a-Song program allows kids and teens to create a song with APL librarians (several of whom are singers, songwriters, and musicians). For five consecutive days, participants play instruments, write lyrics and music, record the song, and then mix and master their creation. The finished song will be put on a CD available to borrow from the library and posted on APL’s YouTube channel.

Build-a-Song is March 10 through March 14 (Monday through Friday) at the Main Library:

o   March 10 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Drums and basslines

o   March 11 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Guitars and keyboards

o   March 12 at 6:30 to 8:30 pm: Special effects

o   March 13 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Vocals

o   March 14 at 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Mixing and mastering

The Build-a-Song program is made possible in part by a grant from the Young Adult Library Services Association through which the library purchased the music recording and engineering equipment.

 

For more information about Teen Tech Week at APL’s Main Library, please call 427-4310.

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