25 Easy Tips for Teens

Looking for easy ways to get teens to celebrate Teen Tech Week? Share the following 25 ideas! Have other easy ideas for getting teens involved in Teen Tech Week at the library? Tell us in the comments!

  1. Download an ebook or audiobook from your library
  2. Find out if your library has a mobile app for your phone or tablet (like NYPL’s Biblion or WorldCat mobile), download and give it a try
  3. Visit your library's webpage.
  4. Blog about a library book or program.
  5. Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
  6. Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
  7. Ask your librarian to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
  8. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
  9. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
  10. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
  11. Check out some video games, DVDs, or CDs from your library.
  12. Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
  13. Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.
  14. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
  15. Watch some anime or start an anime club at your library.
  16. Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
  17. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
  18. Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
  19. Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
  20. Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
  21. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musician.
  22. Learn how to use some new software.
  23. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
  24. Create a database of something you want to organize.
  25. Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account.

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

Started by Tiffany Williams in Sample Title Mar 16. 0 Replies

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

Started by Tiffany Williams in Sample Title Mar 16. 0 Replies

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

Started by Tiffany Williams in Sample Title Mar 16. 0 Replies

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

Started by Tiffany Williams in Sample Title Mar 16. 0 Replies

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

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