So, how are you supposed to celebrate Teen Tech Week if you don't have access to the latest technologies?
One program that my library has been running each March for the past five years is a Teen Choice Awards that focuses on media other than books like video games, movies, music and TV series. We raffle off prizes like USB flashdrives and earbuds, and advertise our website and other social networking efforts. We use write-in paper ballots, and I as I go through them all I learn A TON about what our teens are playing, watching and listening too. The results are a huge help with collection development.
What are your favorite low and no-tech programs?
Thanks for sharing this, Donna. I like it so much, I think I'll let the librarians at our other branches know so we can all do it!
That's great to hear! I think the music is always the most enlightening category. There are always a few artists who I've never even heard of before.
I'm planning a QR code scavenger hunt. Complete the hunt, and you get a candy bar and are entered to win a book.
We're doing something similar at my library. I'll be writing a blog post about it later this week. I really like your idea to give away a book - great way to tie technology to traditional print!
Do your kids have smart phones? We tried doing this and found that most kids didn't have smart phones yet, but it was a year ago.
I had the same problem when I did the QR Code Scavenger Hunt. Not enough of my kids had/have smart phones. This year I am going to do a paper scavenger hunt that takes the teens on a tour of our digital/remote services. This allows everyone to participate not just the smart phone users.
This is my first go at teen programming. We're going to raffle off an MP3 player and have a meme contest (thanks for the idea, YASLA!). We're also going to do an old tech upcycling project - transforming cassettes into wallets. I love the Teen Choice Awards idea! Thank you for sharing!
Thanks for sharing the cassette wallets- that sounds like a really neat idea. I'd love to see pictures!
No problem! Here is a link to the instructions: http://www.chezlin.com/pursebag/cassette-tape-tutorial/.
This looks great!
I did this one last year! Great idea and the teens loved showing me their favorite YouTube sites (all suprisingly appropriate).
We're thinking of tech cozies--knitted phone holders mostly. Or sewn ones.