Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary now has a Dis­cord server for teens

The Dundalk Eagle - - SPORTS AND RECREATION -

Bal­ti­more County Pub­lic Li­brary and its Youth and Fam­ily En­gage­ment Team are ex­cited to of­fer a vir­tual han­gout space, just for teens! If you are ages 11 to 17, join our Teen Dis­cord server if you also en­joy dis­cussing things like:

• An­ime

• Arts and crafts

• Books

• Movies

• Trivia

• Video games

This server is a great chance for teens to chat with other teens and our li­brar­i­ans, and stay in touch with var­i­ous pro­grams that we’re vir­tu­ally pre­sent­ing — all in a wel­com­ing en­vi­ron­ment.

How to Join

There are two ways to join:

- Us­ing your email ad­dress, reg­is­ter for an up­com­ing teen program that is be­ing hosted on Dis­cord. The Dis­cord link will be emailed to you about 30 min­utes be­fore the program be­gins.

- Com­plete the Join the Teen Dis­cord Server form and the Dis­cord link will be emailed to you within 1 to 3 days.

About Dis­cord

Dis­cord is a free app that al­lows users to com­mu­ni­cate via text, voice or video in real time, and is avail­able as a mo­bile app, a PC program or through any web browser. It has pri­mar­ily been used and known as an app for video gam­ing but has quickly be­come a so­cial me­dia han­gout for sev­eral top­ics and in­ter­ests.

We are us­ing Dis­cord as a dig­i­tal han­gout space, specif­i­cally for teens, to pro­vide vir­tual pro­gram­ming in a cu­rated and well-mod­er­ated vir­tual space. The server may be pub­lic but it is con­stantly mon­i­tored by our li­brar­i­ans and has safety mea­sures in place to en­sure that the server is al­ways as safe as pos­si­ble.

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