Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to teens and their families.  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. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online fan fiction clubs, libraries can leverage the making theme to show how you connect in meaningful ways with the teens in your community in order to help them succeed in school and prepare for 21st century careers.  Help get the word out about this event with the hashtag #TTW15

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Build-a-Song Slideshow

We had such a great time during Teen Tech Week, 2014! Here's the video of the making of our Build-a-Song project, sponsored by the Young Adult Library Servic...
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"Aloha, Kimberlee: Good to know sometimes analog solutions work best!"
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Kimberlee Wheeler commented on Kimberlee Wheeler's photo


"Hi Suzanne! I actually used Elmer's glue and then taped the edges in place to let it dry overnight, but it is pretty unstable, overall. My manager found this idea online and they actually suggested using eensy-weensy zip ties to…"
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"Cool! How'd you hold it together?"
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Jan E.V.W. Hanson posted a status
"Check out our FB page: http://j.mp/1kA0NBm Because of timey-wimey, wibbly-wobbly issues last week, Raspberry Pi Camp is next week!"
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Tiffany Williams posted discussions
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Sandy DiCicco replied to YALSA's discussion Public Library Programs
"At the East Hartford Public Library in East Hartford, CT, we celebrated Teen Tech Week with three programs. We started with string wrapped earbuds - I saw this project on Pinterest and thought I would use some of the earbuds we had for sale at the…"
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"IBM components from the 1950s"
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"Teen computer station"
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Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Teen Tech Week!

Posted by YALSA on April 30, 2013 at 2:10pm 0 Comments

We'll celebrate the 2014 Teen Tech Week March 9 - 15 with the theme DIY @ your library.  Check back to this page in November 2013 for a wealth of resources to help you plan your 2014 celebration!

Happy Teen Tech Week from @your library The Campaign for America's Libraries

Posted by YALSA on March 14, 2013 at 10:24am 0 Comments

Time to Check in @ your library and check out the outstanding technology they offer like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and online homework help.

What's your favorite thing to check out when you Check in @ your library!

Submit your answer at http://atyourlibrary.org/happy-teen-tech-week for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card. Open to library lovers of all ages. Contest will remain open until noon CDT, Monday, March 18, 2013.

New Report from Pew on Teens & Technology

Posted by YALSA on March 13, 2013 at 9:44am 0 Comments

Pew released a new teens & technlogy report on March 13, 2013:


You can also read the YALSAblog post about it:


Free Webinar about Building Partnerships to Create Interactive Teen Spaces

Posted by YALSA on March 5, 2013 at 4:03pm 0 Comments

In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the Afterschool Alliance will moderate a free webinar focused on how libraries—in partnership with youth-serving organizations—can be key allies in providing innovative and digitally-rich programming for teens.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), thirty libraries and museums throughout the country are working to create new teen spaces that use both digital and traditional media to promote creativity, critical thinking, and hands-on connected learning opportunities. Marsha Semmel, director of the IMLS Office of Strategic Partnerships, and two Learning Lab grantees—Theresa Ramos from the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation and Jill Bourne from the San Francisco Public Library—will discuss…


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.


Celebrate technology for teens at your library this March with YALSA! #ttw14

Perks for TTW Site Members

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

  • FREE webinars on 1/21 (leveraging partnerships), 2/5 (DIY theme activity ideas) and 3/12 (measuring program outcomes & impact).
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.


Teen Tech Week Grant Winner: Jan E.V.W. Hanson, Longview Public LIbrary

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Name & Name of Library: Jan E.V.W. Hanson, Youth Services Librarian, Longview Public LibraryProject Name: Raspberry Pi CampProject Description: Raspberry Pi Camp will introduce this credit…Continue

Teen Tech Week Grant Winner: Amy K. Marshall, Craig Public Library

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Name & Name of Library: Amy K. Marshall at The Craig Public LibraryProject Name: New Dimensions in DYI -- Let’s Build a 3D Printer!Project Description: Starting Saturday, March 8th, teens from…Continue

Teen Tech Week Grant Winner: Kristen Curé and LuCinda Gustavson, Springfield Public Library

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Name & Name of Library: Kristen Curé and LuCinda Gustavson, Springfield Public Library, Springfield, OregonProject Name: Raspberry Pi DayProject Description: Raspberry Pi Day will be a hands-on…Continue

Teen Tech Week Grant Winner: Caroline Aversano, West Windsor Branch

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Name & Name of Library: Caroline Aversano, West Windsor Branch, Mercer County (NJ) Library SystemProject Name: Exploring Arduino Project Description: A beginner’s course in open source Arduino…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, … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading



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