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Low-Tech, No-Tech Programs

Started this discussion. Last reply by Carla Avitabile Feb 18, 2014. 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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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 links included with each code are there for…


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…


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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Passive Program

Started by Valerie Gilbert in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Mar 6. 1 Reply

Any ideas for a TTW passive program? We're a small branch and get a handful of teens.ThanksContinue

Successful High School Programs

Started by Karen Abraham in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Feb 27. 4 Replies

I have always struggled to get a large turnout at my high school for teen tech week.  Any suggestions on how to draw them in?  Any ideas that have worked for other high school libraries?  Thanks!Continue

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What are your planning for your public library for TTW 2017?

Started by Carla Avitabile in Sample Title. Last reply by Carla Avitabile Feb 27. 3 Replies

I have always felt that TTW can be many things. So many in fact it can be hard to focus on on aspect or another even when there is a theme. The public library where I work is located in a school…Continue

Open Source Media

Started by Dawn Abron in Sample Title Feb 6. 0 Replies

Teen Tech Week 2017 includes coding.  If you are looking for coding sites/activities for your programming, check out this article on…Continue

Tags: Coding


TTW Posts from YALSABlog

Instagram of the Week – March 14

A brief look at ‘grams of interest to engage teens and librarians navigating this social media platform. Last week from March 6-12 marked this year’s “Create it at your library” Teen Tech Week celebration. Sponsored by YALSA, this yearly initiative aims to connect teens and libraries, and encourage teens to make use… Continue reading

Create it at Your Library: Preparing for Teen Tech Week 2016

Teen Tech Week is YALSA’s yearly initiative encouraging libraries to engage their teen community with resources that enhance their digital literacy skills. During March 6-12, libraries across the country will be buzzing with tech programs, STEM activities, and will be showcasing their digital resources with pride. Not only does this… Continue reading

Teen Creative Writing & Art Contest for Teen Tech Week

As part of Teen Tech Week, YALSA is teaming up with the Connected Learning Alliance, Deviant Art, the National Writing Project, and Wattpad for the Twist Fate challenge. The challenge is to get young people (ages 13-17) telling stories about what happens when a hero becomes a villain, or a… Continue reading



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