About Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.

Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making...” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 8-14, 2015. Demonstrate the value your library gives to the community by offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. Libraries can tailor the making theme to show your community exactly how you connect in meaningful ways with teens in order to help them gain the digital literacy skills they need to be successful.  Help get the word out about this event with the hashtag #TTW15


SAVE THE DATE for Teen Tech Week Webinars in 2015!

Posted by YALSA on December 9, 2014 at 2:00pm 1 Comment

Be sure to save the date for three additional Teen Tech Week webinars. Additional details and registration will be available soon!

  • Tuesday, January 20 12pm EST
    Using Data to Demonstrate Your Program's Punch!
  • Tuesday, February 10 12pm EST
    Leveraging Local Experts for Maker Activities and Programs
  • Tuesday, March 24 12pm EST 
    Targeted Teen Tech Week Activities for Older Teens

Apply now for the 2015 Teen Tech Week Grants!

Posted by YALSA on November 26, 2014 at 10:05am 0 Comments

Through generous funding provided by Best Buy, YALSA will distribute 20 grants of $1,000 each to support digital literacy programming. The application deadline is January 1, 2015. Grant recipients will be announced on or around January 26, 2015.

Apply through the online form.

To determine if you are eligible to apply, you must answer yes to the following questions

  • Is your activity organized through a library?
  • Is your program open to all teens in the community?
  •  Will you be the project coordinator for this activity?
  • Are you a personal member of YALSA?

To become a YALSA member, join online or by phone, 800-545-2433 (press 5). For more information, please visit the …


Demystifying Connected Learning: FREE Webinar

Posted by YALSA on November 18, 2014 at 12:00pm 0 Comments

Registrants of the Teen Tech Week ning site are eligible to sign up for the opportunity to participate in a free webinar about connected learning.

The webinar is titled, "Demystifying Connected Learning" and will take place on Tuesday, December 16 12pm EST. This webinar will be the first in a series of four, scheduled for December, January, February, and March!

A description of the webinar can be found below.

Heard a lot about "connected learning", but wonder exactly what it is, and how it applies to the work you do in your library? Join Dr. Mega Subramaniam as she demystifies connected learning and translates it into learning activities and outcomes that a single librarian or a team of librarians can implement at the library. In this webinar, participants will be introduced to examples of “connected” libraries and discover the best practices and learning that occur there. Learn how these librarians function as adult mentors who guide teens toward learning…


Apply for a Free 3D Printer from 3D Systems!

Posted by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:53pm 0 Comments

3D Systems, in collaboration with YALSA, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  The MakerLab Club is a brand new community of thousands of U.S. libraries and museums committed to advancing 3D digital literacy via dedicated equipment, staff training and increased public access.

3D Systems will provide new 3D printers to qualified libraries and museums across the country.  Recipients will be selected via an application process and are expected to join the MakerLab Club as well as provide access to 3D printing and design programs and services for their communities.  Libraries can apply via an online…


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About Teen Tech Week

Preparing teens for the workforce is a major concern in the U.S.  In the last three decades, the skills required for teens to succeed in the workforce have changed drastically, but the skills emphasized in schools have not kept up with these changes.  Reaching teens through libraries is a natural fit.  Libraries bridge the gap between in-school and out-of-school time, helping teens learn through digital media so they can achieve more academically and develop the digital and media literacy skills they will need in order to be informed, productive citizens.  In 2010, half of the nation’s 14 - 18 year olds reported visiting a library to use a computer. A 2011 student from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Opportunity for All, reported that youth ages 14-24 make up 25% of all library users, which made them the largest group in study.


Connect teens to technology at your library this March with YALSA! #TTW15

Perks for TTW Site Members

By joining this site, you're eligible for these benefits & resources:

  • Free digital download of themed posters, bookmarks, and more!
  • Free access to archived webinars and opportunities to participate in upcoming TTW related webinars.
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.


Public Library Programs

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Do you work at a public library? Use this space to find and share ideas for TTW programs that are hosted through public libraries!Continue

Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas

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Please share your ideas on program ideas for the 2015 theme.Continue

School Libaries

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Many of us in the public library sector are always looking for ways to partner with public schools. Teen Tech Week is a perfect time to make those connections. We all have a similar mission, and that…Continue

Let's talk about FAIL...

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TTW Posts from YALSABlog

Self-Directed Programs: Scavenger Hunts

An amazing way to get your tweens and teens to know the “unfamiliar” bits of your library is to do self-directed scavenger hunts. You know that your “kids” tend to congregate to one particular area- whether it's your teen space, a place with the most comfortable chairs or a low table for card gaming, or Read More →

Teen Tech Week: Self-Directed Contests

I am completely in love with self-directed contests. Also known as passive programming (which always leads my superiors to think that there is NO thought or work involved at all, which is not true), these self-directed contests get teens involved because they are: drawn into the library by the contest itself ask the staff questions Read More →

TTW: Start with What You've Got

Feel less than tech savvy? Concerned that you are not techie enough to pull off a Teen Tech week program? Well, don't be! While it is fantastic to have the double bonus of offering coding or robotics during Teen Tech Week (March 9-15)' the reality is that many of us do not have the skills, budgets, Read More →



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