Dungeons and Dragons sponsors Teen Tech Week 2008

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist, YALSA



For Immediate Release,

November 27, 2007

Dungeons & Dragons sponsors Teen Tech Week 2008

CHICAGO -The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced this week that Dungeons & Dragons, a subsidiary of Wizards of the Coast, Inc., is the 2008 Corporate Sponsor for Teen Tech Week, taking place March 2-8. Registration information, resources, products and more can be found at the Teen Tech Week Web site,

A worldwide pop culture phenomenon for more than 30 years, Dungeons & Dragons is a game played with books, paper, pencils and now your computer. Players gather in groups to create heroic characters who journey together through a fantasy realm to discover treasure, fight monsters and triumph over adversity. Teens love D&D because it's exciting and interactive; educators love D&D because it thrives on creativity, imagination and cooperation (with a bit of math and reading thrown in).

"As the developer of a game that fosters creativity and imagination, Dungeons & Dragons is always interested in events that encourage young people to expand their minds with new experiences," said Sara Girard, associate brand manager for Dungeons & Dragons. "By participating in this year's Teen Tech Week, we hope to expose teens to the world of D&D and online tools such as our new D&D Insider application in a familiar and friendly way to create a rich experience and enhance tabletop game play."

Now in its second year, Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries' nonprint resources for education and recreation, and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology. The 2008 Teen Tech Week Theme is Tune In @ your library

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