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For Librarians > What’s an App?

What's an App?

An app (application or also sometimes called widget) is a program you can add to a web page, blog, wiki, computer desktop, Facebook, or MySpace – to name a few. In the space the user selects, she can incorporate apps in order to have a calendar, booklist, to do list, library catalog search, etc. easily accessible in that space.

Tweens, Teens & Social Networking

Tweens, Teens & Social Networking

danah boyd presents Meeting of the Minds: Youth, Social Media and Education

Social Networking & Libraries

Social Networking & Libraries

Librarians are discovering that social networking is a great way to connect with the community. When it comes to tweens and teens, this technology is used in creative ways to help youth find out about library programs, services, and resources. For example:

Why HomeworkNYC Apps

Why HomeworkNYC Apps

The HomeworkNYC Apps project is a direct result of a series of focus groups with teens and tweens conducted in the fall of 2007. This research focused on uncovering how tweens and teens use the Internet for their homework needs.

New! Updated homeworkNYC App (Beta)

New! Updated homeworkNYC App (Beta)

The homeworkNYC app is all new, combining three powerful homework functions:


Search web and news articles including the Gale databases of the New York City public libraries. Find content not available in standard search engines.


Find free New York City public library programs for teens. Just pick a borough and find out what’s happening near you.


For Librarians > Classroom Resources

Classroom Resources

Check out these links to downloadable files that can be used to integrate apps, library resources, and web 2.0 technologies in the classroom and library. (All files in pdf.)

How To Get Students To Believe In Themselves

Back-to-School Tips

Calculators that crush challenging Math Problems