Next week is Teen Tech Week and we have a great program for you, the first in our new round of Project Next Generation (PNG)/ Teen Initiative events!  On Tuesday, March 8 at 6:00 you'll learn how to shoot and edit video to tell a story. 

The Teen Initiative program encourages teens to learn more about science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math (STEAM). It all starts with a Teen Initiative library card, which allows you to earn points by visiting the library, checking out items, attending programs, bringing friends, and more. With those points you can pay overdue fines or buy special items such as robotics kits and drawing tablets that are only available to Teen Initiative participants.  Be sure to check-out the Teen Store this week!  Teen Initiative cardholders also gain entry to special STEAM-related programs throughout the year, plus bonus events like lock-ins. For more information, visit our Teen Initiative page under

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According to Pew Research Center Hispanic Trends, January 19, 2016.  by Jens Manuel Krosgstad et al...

Youth, Naturalizations drive number of Hispanic eigible voters to record 27.3 million.  Hispanic millennials will account for nearly half (44%) of the record 27.3 million Hispanic eligible voters project for 2016.  A share greater than any other racial or ethnic group of voters, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis of U.S. Census Bureau data.

The large footprint of Latino millennial eligible voters reflects the oversized importance of youth in the U.S.-born Latino population and as a source of Latino eligible voter growth.  The median age among the nation's 35 million U.S. born Latinos is only 19 (Stepler and Brown, 2015), and the Latino youth will be the main driver of growth among Latino eligible voters over the next two decades.  Between 2012 & 2016, about 3.2 million youth U.S. citizen Latinos will have advanced to adulthood and become eligible to vote, according to Pew Research Center projections.  Nearly all of them are U.S. born on an annual basis, some 803,000 U.S. born Latinos reached adulthood in recent years.

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