Event Planning Toolkit

Need some help planning Teen Tech Week beyond activities? Then you've come to the right place! Start planning by:

  • following the timeline developed by the Teen Tech Week committee
  • using the Teen Tech Week planning checklist
  • download and use the Teen Tech Week Planning Form (Word doc) to organize your event
  • reading professional materials designed to inspire you
  • read YALSA's Teen Programming Guidelines (.pdf) to learn about best practices in programming for and with teens


This timeline for Teen Tech Week should help you plan an amazing celebration; we've separated suggestions for school and public libraries to aid in planning.

Planning Checklist

Follow these ten steps for the best Teen Tech Week ever!

  1. Register online and download the official logo at www.ala.org/teentechweek. (You must be signed in to see the logo, under "Registration").
  2. Check the TTW web site for program and activity ideas
  3. Collaborate with teens to create a fabulous event that engages the community. Schedule a session with your TAG or TAB, provide snacks, and let the teens brainstorm away.
  4. Partner with local businesses, schools, and youth centers to promote your event and gain resources for your celebration.
  5. Shop online for ALA Graphics/YALSA products that support your library’s TTW activities. Look for giveaways and prizes that teens will enjoy.
  6. Get the word out! Create promotional materials for your event using YALSA’s publicity tools or get the free themed digital downloads (must sign into ning for access) for this year. Go wherever your teens gather or online and spread the word.
  7. Let others know what you are doing. Share teen tech plans with colleagues on the Showcase page.
  8. Take the opportunity to share positive stories about teens with the press. Use YALSA's TTW publicity tools to connect with the local media.
  9. Talk to your colleagues in the Forum about your plans, offer advice, and more!
  10. Stay tuned to the YALSA blog for news about technology, contests, and program ideas that can enhance your Teen Tech Celebration! Find the latest at http://yalsa.ala.org/blog.

Be sure to download the Teen Tech Week Planning Form (Word doc) to organize your event!

Professional Materials

Find inspiration in the following articles, blog posts, books, and other professional materials, selected by the Teen Tech Week committee.

Barseghian, Tina.  “Dispelling Myths About Blocked Websites in Schools.” 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.

Block, Donna. "No Photoshop? No Problem! Digital Photography Programs on a Budget." Young Adult Library Services 9, no. 2. 2011. Print.

Boling, Betsy Davis et al. "Career and Education Fair and Teen Tech Week: A Collaborative Effort." Young Adult Library Services 9, no. 2. 2011. Print.

Braun, Linda, Hillias J. Martin and Connie Urquhart. Risky Business: Taking and Managing Risks in Library Services for Teens. A YALSA Publication. ALA Editions, 2010. Print and e-book.

Byrne, Richard. “Cool Tools: The Best Online Presentation Tools.” School Library Journal. August 2011: 12. Print.

Byrne, Richard. “OMG! Texting in Class?” School Library Journal. March 2011: 16. Print.

Comito, Lauren. "Crafts for Teen Tech Week." Young Adult Library Services 9, no. 2. 2011. Print.

Dretzin, Rachel, et al. “Digital Nation: Life on the Virtual Frontier.” 2 Feb. 2010. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.

Durr, Chris. “Making Wise Buys: Five Values to Consider When Evaluating a Library Purchase.”  Computers in Libraries. July 2011: 6. Print.

Fink, Megan, ed. for YALSA. Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA's Annual Initiatives. YALSA, 2011. Print.

Gray, Cheyenne. “Internet Safety and Teens Today.” Library Media Connection. May/June 2011: 32. Print.

Greenland, Susan Kaiser.  “Teach Your Parents Well: Teens Teach Their Parents How to Use Tech Wisely.” 13 Sept. 2011. Web. 21. Sept. 2011

Hamilton, Buffy. "It’s in the Way That You Use It: What Library 2.0 Means to Me: The Unquiet Librarian."  http://theunquietlibrarian.wordpress.com/  7 April 2010. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.

Harris, Frances Jacobson. I Found It On The Internet: Coming of Age Online. 2nd ed. Chicago: American Library Association, 2011. Print.

Horn, Laura Peowski. "Online Marketing Strategies for Reaching Today's Teens." Young Adult Library Services 9, no. 2. 2011. Print.

Koutsky, Tom. “17 Million Children Lack Broadband at Home – Many of them in Low-Income Households.” 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 20 Sept. 2011.

Ludwig, Sarah. “Tag Team Tech August 2011: Team Building with Video Projects.” 23 May 2011. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.

Ludwig, Sarah. "Teen Tech Camp." Young Adult Library Services 9, no. 2. 2011. Print.

Potter, Ned. "Where are all the crazy ideas for libraries? « thewikiman." 26 Oct. 2010. Web. 5 June 2011.

Springen, Karen. “What’s Right With This Picture?: Chicago’s YOUmedia Reinvents the Public Library.” 1 March 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.

Ungerleider, Neal. “Teens and Their Teachers at Odds Over Social Media, First Amendment Rights.” 19 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.

Valenza, Joyce K. “Tag Team Tech April 2011: My Perpetual Pursuit of the Perfect Pathfinder Platform.” 18 March 2011. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.

Vieau, Jesse. "Short Filmmakers." Young Adult Library Services 9, no. 2. 2011. Print.

Walker, Rob. "Cyberspace When You’re Dead." New York Times 5 Jan. 2011: Web. 7 June 2011.

"Watch/Play/Listen/Write/Share/Read: HHS Library."  HHS Library. 9 March 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011.

Watters, Audrey. “Distractions Begone! Facebook as a Study Tool.” http://mindshift.kqed.org/. 20 Sept. 2011. Web. 21 Sept. 2011. 

West, Jessamyn. "the tools and the hammer/nail problem in the digital divide." librarian.net. July 2011. Web. 16 Sept. 2011.

"YALSA Blog (Technology Tag)." YALSA. http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/category/technology/. Web. 14 Sept. 2011.

YALSA's Top Reads: STEM and Making. YALSAhttp://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=12027

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