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 …


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Teresa Hockenberry posted a status
"Wolf Den (our maker space)opened this fall! Showcasing student creations and hosting student lead teacher training on our new 3D printer."
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Karen Treadwell posted a photo

Teen Tech Week 2015 Bulletin Board Layout

Going to have students make the bulletin board by having them create the PacMan characters out of 1.5 inch squares. We decided to cut them out of regular paper with a Cricut rather than buy post-it notes. We are going to add more white dotted lines…
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Profile IconJennifer Haugh, Beverly Gambill, Erin Berry and 21 more joined Teen Tech Week
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Terra Thompson posted a status
"Working on a Lego stop animation program at Highland Public Library for #TTW"
Rebecca Ekstrom replied to Lisa Crutchfield's discussion TTW Ideas
"Awesome-thanks so much!"
Lisa Crutchfield replied to Lisa Crutchfield's discussion TTW Ideas
"Sorry. Here's the answer sheet for the scavenger hunt."
Rebecca Ekstrom replied to Lisa Crutchfield's discussion TTW Ideas
"Lisa-I'd love to use the scavenger hunt next week-thanks for sharing it!  Do you have the answers that I could use?  -Rebecca Ekstrom, middle school librarian"
Profile IconRebecca Ekstrom, Bekah DeGreeff, Amy Gibson and 28 more joined Teen Tech Week
Lisa Crutchfield replied to Lisa Crutchfield's discussion TTW Ideas
"For anyone interested, I have attach a copy of my scavenger hunt list. I had an awesome time putting it together."
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…"
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
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…"
Stacie Maples posted a photo


This is our second year to have TTW and the kids love it. many activities all week long.
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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. 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.


TTW Ideas

Started by Lisa Crutchfield in Sample Title. Last reply by Rebecca Ekstrom yesterday. 7 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

Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas

Started by YALSA in Sample Title. Last reply by Melissa Eleftherion Carr on Wednesday. 5 Replies

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 on Tuesday. 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 on Monday. 5 Replies

 Are the webinars archived? and where? ThanksContinue


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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