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 or library staff 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 tech-related 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, and even create your own mobile app to submit for the Congressional App Challenge.
  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 as a way to find and share content about a topic of interest to you.

Comment by Deborah Rose on January 27, 2016 at 9:55am

Check out teen coders telling in their own words how they got started coding, and what mobile apps they've created at http://www.congressionalappchallenge.us/media/techteentuesday/.

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Tabletop TTT Teasers to introduce inspiring teen tech entrepreneurs

Started by Sheri Levasseur in Sample Title. Last reply by Joanna Nelson Jan 21. 3 Replies

I just finished making a handful of 5x7 teen tech entrepeneur bios complete with # and handles for teens to follow for more info. I also included reminders to take our HS engineering classes. I will…Continue

Games systems for teens to use.

Started by Angelica Torres in Sample Title. Last reply by Aaron Volner Jan 20. 1 Reply

We just received a couple of game systems. We have never had them before. Any tips on how to handle having the game systems out during one of the TTW days? Thanks so much!!Continue

"Gaming" at the Library

Started by Aaron Volner in Sample Title. Last reply by Beth Alyea Jan 19. 5 Replies

This year our library…Continue

self-directed activity ideas ?

Started by Mollie Mulligan in Sample Title. Last reply by Aaron Volner Jan 6. 2 Replies

We have a few very sizable week-long programs planned but are still looking for something that we can leave out all week long.Thoughts? Ideas? So far I considering one of the following but am not…Continue

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