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Technology Teen Geek at the Howland Public Library

By Alison Herrero
Head of Adult Services & Digital Literacy, Howland Public Library

(Beacon, NY) – Do you need a helping hand with your Kindle or Nook, your iPod or iPad? Do you want to know how to download an app or load an ebook onto your smartphone? Coming to your rescue is the Howland Public Library’s Teen Geek, Justice McCray, who works most Saturdays from Noon to 4pm. Bring your electronic devices and your questions and Justice will do his best to help out.

Justice, a Senior at Beacon High School, states that he “loves helping people learn how to use the latest technologies.” People are grateful for his help. He often hears comments such as “I’ve had this for so long, but never knew how to use it” and “Thank you for helping me and not making me feel bad.”

Justice is one of over thirty teens working as a Teen Geek throughout libraries in the local area. The Teen Geek Squad program, which assists patrons with digital literacy, receives funding from Dutchess County and is administered by the Poughkeepsie Public Library District.

Alison Herrero is the Head of Adult Services and Digital Literacy at the Howland Public Library, located in Beacon, NY. She is also the Director of Legislation for NYLA’s RASS.