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

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Since "Libraries are for Making", at the Memphis Public Library and Information Center, we're planning a host of programs!  Among them is a program that will rotate to several library locations teaching teens the fundamentals of video/photo production and editng.  Each participant will take still and video images of library resources and make a movie.  

We will also introduce teens to 3D creations using 3D pens.

Can't wait to hear about other programs!

Usually I like to focus on the libraries remote services by having a digital scavenger hunt or a digital bingo. However since libraries are for making, and we all like to have programs where all teens can leave with something in hand here is a low cost, simple circuit project that I did with some of my teens this summer:

Here is a link to the instructions and supplies

Wow! Those are so cool! Thank you so much for sharing this! ^__^

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 forward to great teamwork and problem solving skills to meet this optical challenge!

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 new works of art. Visual journals, erasure poems, and book sculptures are a few examples of altered books.

We’ll present our very first Minecraft Build-Off Competition for Young Adults (aged 11-18) on Wednesday, March 11th from 2-6pm. The build-off will incorporate STE(A)M learning methods through playing and building in Minecraft. Registration is required: 467-6434 or  This event is sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and Best Buy through a Teen Tech Week grant.

Texting Challenges for Teens - Teens are invited to participate in texting challenges on Friday, March 13th at 3pm. There will be small prizes awarded for speed, agility and creativity.

Insurgent party - Teen Tech Week will end with a pre- Insurgent release party on Saturday, March 14th from 4-7:30pm. Watch Divergent (PG-13) in costume & get sorted into factions. Enter our costume contest for your chance to win cool prizes. We will have food and refreshments sponsored by Friends of the Ukiah Library. 105 N Main St. Ukiah CA  

We're doing a lot of things in Yuma! An Egg Drop where they have to make an egg carrier that protects the egg when dropped from the balcony, perler bead creations, DIY Computer part bookmarks, Temporary tattoos, and our big event is with Makey Makeys (  We'll try playing piano with bananas and Super Mario with play-doh like the video suggests!

Our library is focusing on the Tech part of Teen Tech Week by teaching coding to students using robots. We purchased two Sphero robots, two Finch robots, and four Ollie robots so students can try using a coding program. We created a "Chart of Challenge" for each type of robot so students with any level of familiarity with coding can participate in our camps. These robots are part of a kit that travels to schools and public libraries throughout our district. We've hosted four Coding Camps so far and the kids ages 3-17 have all had a blast trying out our resources!


Encourages teens to visit the library to use all of the great digital resources offered to make a change in their life and community. #TTW17

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