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 is seeing youth succeed, as well as connecting them with resources they may not have access to through their school library. Many public libraries, especially those in urban settings offer great remote technologies such as databases, and ebooks that public schools are frequently not able to afford.  

Last year I was able to partner with a 9th grade teacher in the community where I work. She gave her class extra credit to participate in the Marin County Free Library (MCFL) TTW  digital scavenger hunt. She also made it a requirement for everyone in her class to get MCFL library cards. I was also able to come out to her class and give her 9th graders an overview on the databases, and how they work. Making this teen tech week connection has allowed me greater access to teens in my community.  Do you have a similar story? How do you partner with the public library or if you are a public librarian how do you partner with the public schools? What do school libraries do during TTW?

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One thing I have learned working with the library clerks in the USD where I work is that there is a desire for programing but not a lot of time. It isn't easy to schedule time after school hours, so many programs have to happen during lunch. It is difficult to find meaningful or fun programs that can be fit into a lunch period. In 2013 American Library Association and Instructables launched a website called Make It @ Your Library . It is easier to navigate than Instructables because you can easily search it for age, cost, time, number of people etc. Making it a great place to go to find programs that fit your timeline and budget.

I learned about this cool database from reading this post on the School Library Journal website.

I'm a high school librarian in Maine doing TTW for the first time. We're having a 3D design & printing workshop after school on Thursday. I invited in friends to present who have their own cottage 3D printing business for cosplay accessories. We made a poster on Canva. The middle school library and public libraries in our district are promoting it, too. Hopefully they'll also have TTW events. We're hoping to starting working together more closely, especially for summer reading.


Encourage teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators! #TTW18


What are Your Plans for TTW 2018?

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Active or passive programs?High-tech or low-tech?What is your budget like?Are you doing coding? Filmmaking or music-making? Robotics? Circuits? 3D printing? Technology/art fusion?Continue

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

Passive Program

Started by Valerie Gilbert in Sample Title. Last reply by Kylie Peters on Saturday. 2 Replies

Any ideas for a TTW passive program? We're a small branch and get a handful of teens.ThanksContinue

Successful High School Programs

Started by Karen Abraham in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Feb 27, 2017. 4 Replies

I have always struggled to get a large turnout at my high school for teen tech week.  Any suggestions on how to draw them in?  Any ideas that have worked for other high school libraries?  Thanks!Continue

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