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


Research Summary: Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

Posted by YALSA on February 10, 2015 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

By: Kyungwon Koh, PhD and June Abbas, PhD


Learning Labs and Makerspaces in libraries and museums are transformative learning spaces, in which users explore both traditional and digital media, interact with mentors and  peers, and engage in expressive and creative  projects. These spaces provide access to a…


TTW Twitter Chat -- January 23, 2015 12-1PM EST

Posted by YALSA on January 9, 2015 at 9:00am 0 Comments

Gear up for Teen Tech Week™ with monthly Twitter chats, starting Friday, January 23rd from 12-1PM EST.

This month's topic will be "Utilizing Teen Tech Trends in TTW Programming." Participate by using the hashtag #TTW15 and tweetchat.com to follow the conversation.


The other two twitter chats will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, Feb 12th, 12-1PM EST : Publicity Strategies for TTW

Wednesday, March 4th, 12-1PM EST: "Libraries are for Making _______"

SAVE THE DATE for Teen Tech Week Webinars in 2015!

Posted by YALSA on December 9, 2014 at 2:00pm 4 Comments

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


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 …


Latest Activity

Melissa Eleftherion Carr replied to YALSA's discussion Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas
"The Ukiah Library will be hosting four events: Altered Books, a Minecraft Build-Off, Texting Challenges, & a Divergent maker event:  Altered Books - On Tuesday, March 10th from 3-5pm, we’ll be using old books as our canvas to create…"
9 hours ago
Sheri Levasseur posted a discussion

Tabletop TTT Teasers to introduce inspiring teen tech entrepreneurs

I just finished making a handful of 5x7 teen tech entrepeneur bios complete with # and handles for teens to follow for more info. I also included reminders to take our HS engineering classes. I will share the doc version of these if anyone wants to customize for their own school tabletops. Just remove my handle address and class promos.  I will attach the pdf for viewing. If you want the .doc for your own editing. Email me at slevasseur@nanuetsd.org. I just tweeted this from my personal handle…See More
11 hours ago
Profile IconMary C. Kleinfeldt, Staci Morris, Heather Hoffman and 32 more joined Teen Tech Week
13 hours ago
Renee Sanning replied to YALSA's discussion Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas
"Pikes Peak Library District's East Teen Center is making A-Mazing Lasers. Teens and Tweens will explore reflective surfaces and overcome a variety of obstacles to construct a maze and get a laser pointer beam to hit their target. We are looking…"
13 hours ago
Stacie Maples posted a photo


This is our second year to have TTW and the kids love it. many activities all week long.
16 hours ago
Liz Davis shared YALSA's page on Facebook
Ashly Roman commented on YALSA's page Showcase
"Reading Public Library Teen Department in Reading, PA is celebrating all month long! "
YALSA replied to Coleen Stretten's discussion Free webinars
"Once you've logged into the Ning page, click on the Resources tab, and scroll down to "Webinars". Links to the webinars are on that page."
Profile IconGretchen Smither, Melanie Korthas, Tiffany Hursey and 24 more joined Teen Tech Week
YALSA commented on YALSA's blog post SAVE THE DATE for Teen Tech Week Webinars in 2015!
"All webinars are archived on the Resources tab. Scroll down to "Webinars" and when you click on the link, you'll see webinar descriptions and links to the recordings."
Belinda replied to Lisa Crutchfield's discussion TTW Ideas
"Since we are concentrating on writing at our school, I am holding an essay contest on innovations that can improve the world in some way. The innovations must be unique (electronic, mechanical, sustainable) and not in…"
Belinda liked Lisa Crutchfield's discussion TTW Ideas
Mariano M Ulibarri commented on YALSA's page Showcase
"Parachute Factory is partnering with the New Mexico State Library for #TTW15 to host 7 Makerspace programs all around the state of NM! We are super excited to reach such a wide audience this year through the NM Makerstate Initiative. Check…"
Profile IconShiloh Ferreira (Hannah's Mom), Cyndi Reitmeyer, DEANNA LATRICE BERRY and 32 more joined Teen Tech Week
Profile IconMegan Sanderson, Katherine, Gay Nell German and 34 more joined Teen Tech Week
Profile IconRhea Fabricante, Kelly Moore, Beth Alyea and 39 more joined Teen Tech Week
Feb 25

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. For more info on 2015 TTW webinar topics, click here.
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.


Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas

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

Tabletop TTT Teasers to introduce inspiring teen tech entrepreneurs

Started by Sheri Levasseur in Sample Title 11 hours ago. 0 Replies

I just finished making a handful of 5x7 teen tech entrepeneur bios complete with # and handles for teens to follow for more info. I also included reminders to take our HS engineering classes. I will…Continue

Free webinars

Started by Coleen Stretten in Sample Title. Last reply by YALSA yesterday. 5 Replies

 Are the webinars archived? and where? ThanksContinue

TTW Ideas

Started by Lisa Crutchfield in Sample Title. Last reply by Belinda yesterday. 3 Replies

We are a rural library, with a large patron population of homeschoolers. Many of them come to our library to do their online work, so doing TTW will be a challenge and very exciting thing. Not being…Continue


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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