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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