News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


PRESS RELEASE 07/09/2013
Subject :

Library Presents Free Parenting Program: "Teen Talk: Bridging the Digital Divide"
Contact : Laurie Hastings, Senior Librarian    (650) 838-2946

Palo Alto, CA - The Palo Alto City Library will present an informative and free parenting program in July about teens and technology. “Teen Talk: Bridging the Digital Divide” will take place on Thursday, July 11 from 7-9 p.m. at the Lucie Stern Community Center, 1305 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto. A light meal will be served and registration is requested. Visit the library at to register on our Calendar of Events or call 650-329-2436. 

“Today's teens text, post and comment on videos, Skype, change Facebook status and forward tweets while checking a homework fact on Wikipedia” says Laurie Hastings, Senior Librarian. The speaker for this workshop will be Patricia Page, BA. According to Ms. Page, “We have access to more information and larger audiences than ever before, but that access doesn't exactly come free”. Parents are invited to come and share their experiences as they examine the ways that the new digital universe has provided both opportunities and challenges. Parents will take away some tips for maintaining a healthy balance between their online and offline lives.

Ms. Page is an expert in media literacy and helps families become more capable and responsible digital citizens. She leads classes that enhance parents’ awareness of their children’s social networking habits. Recently, she has been teaching “Raising Kids in a 24/7 Digital Media World,” has developed media literacy curricula and is an award winning writer and producer.

This informative program is presented in collaboration with Parents Place. It is made possible through a grant from the Friends of the Palo Alto Library.