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Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carla Avitabile Feb 18. 28 Replies

So, how are you supposed to celebrate Teen Tech Week if you don't have access to the latest technologies?One program that my library has been running each March for the past five years is a Teen…Continue

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Carla Avitabile replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"There are many ways to do a QR code scavenger hunt. I did a pretty straight forward one for my teens 2 years ago; and have attached the document so you can see if that would fit your needs/time frame. Also see the post below from Christie, I love…"
Feb 18
Christie Gibrich replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I did this with my teens, and it's been interesting...  I took ideas from http://www.thedaringlibrarian.com/2011/03/qr-code-quest-library-scavenger-hunt.html with huge permission and used codes that had them moving all over the library.…"
Feb 17
Donna Block replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"We made QR codes for new blog entries, videos we psoted to youtube, photos from programs we posted to flickr (you could use Instagram or facebook, too),  and twitter links. We'd put a secret phrase in a tweet, for instance, and they would…"
Feb 12
Tammy VanBuskirk replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I want to plan a QR scavenger hunt too! How did you get started? I've never done anything like this before. I would love any insight you can share!  "
Feb 12
Amanda replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"These are great!  Thanks for the assist :)"
Feb 12
Carla Avitabile replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I am not sure what databases/digital services you have at your library or how they are organized on your web pages but here are some of the questions: 1) What resource would you use if you wanted to find literary criticism about Alice Walker? (Hint:…"
Feb 12
Amanda replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"I'm thinking of doing a similar scavenger hunt, but I've just started working as a YA Librarian and I'm having trouble coming up with questions that would be good for teens.  Any ideas you'd be willing to share?"
Feb 8
Michelle Smith replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"What a wonderful idea! Our YA and J materials share a room & we unfortunately don't have a teen area to host programming, but this is something we could do!  "
Jan 29
Christy replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"That's a great idea! "
Jan 21
Angella Dagenhart replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"This year is my first planning TTW programming. I've had two ideas that I'm going to run with. First, we will be having a "computer autopsy" where an IT professional will deconstruct an old computer while explaining the process…"
Jan 14
Patricia Eyer replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"Love this idea! Thank you for sharing!"
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Carla Avitabile replied to Donna Block's discussion Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs
"One great inexpensive way to make tech cozies is to make them out of spent mountain bike tire tubes. You can usually get these free from your local bike shop. Then you just cut the tubes in half along the length, and wash (tubes have a chalky…"
Nov 24, 2013

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QR Code Scavenger Hunt Begins...

Posted on March 5, 2013 at 2:47pm 0 Comments

Our Scavenger Hunt went "live" on March 1. Our graphic designer created five lovely 8.5" by 11" posters  - one for each code - which I placed around the library.

Each code leads to a different post on our book blog, website, flickr, youtube or twitter feed.  The bit.ly links included with each code are there for…

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Teen Tech Week: Evolution

Posted on February 7, 2013 at 10:30am 0 Comments

In my last blog post, I wrote about  plans to gamify my library's social networking sites. The idea came about because of a building-wide renovation project that would render our computer room unavailable during March.  Since then, our plans have evolved.

Here was the original concept, as it was to be advertised in our newsletter: Earn prizes throughout March by connecting with the Library via Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Twitter and through our blogs. Five check-ins will…

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Teen Tech Week: Under Construction

Posted on January 8, 2013 at 2:56pm 0 Comments

My library is about to embark on a year-long renovation project. The basic structure of the building will stay the same, but everything inside it will shuffle around - much like one of those sliding tile puzzles that you rearrange to form a picture.

Our comptuer room/board room will be unavailable during March, which means that the computer-dependent programs that we typically schedule for Teen Tech Week won't be possible this year. On the upside, we'll eventually have separate board…

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Public Library Programs

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Do you work at a public library? Use this space to find and share ideas for TTW programs that are hosted through public libraries!Continue

Teen Tech Week 2015 Program Ideas

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Many of us in the public library sector are always looking for ways to partner with public schools. Teen Tech Week is a perfect time to make those connections. We all have a similar mission, and that…Continue

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Self-Directed Programs: Scavenger Hunts

An amazing way to get your tweens and teens to know the “unfamiliar” bits of your library is to do self-directed scavenger hunts. You know that your “kids” tend to congregate to one particular area- whether it's your teen space, a place with the most comfortable chairs or a low table for card gaming, or Read More →

Teen Tech Week: Self-Directed Contests

I am completely in love with self-directed contests. Also known as passive programming (which always leads my superiors to think that there is NO thought or work involved at all, which is not true), these self-directed contests get teens involved because they are: drawn into the library by the contest itself ask the staff questions Read More →

TTW: Start with What You've Got

Feel less than tech savvy? Concerned that you are not techie enough to pull off a Teen Tech week program? Well, don't be! While it is fantastic to have the double bonus of offering coding or robotics during Teen Tech Week (March 9-15)' the reality is that many of us do not have the skills, budgets, Read More →

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