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Passive Program Quiz for TTW 2017

I am the Intermediate/Teen Librarian at the Portage Lakes Branch Library.

For Teen Tech Week this year I did a program with the teens, and I put out a passive program.

I attached the passive program…


Added by Kelly Wilson on April 3, 2017 at 3:12pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week™ Feedback Survey

Did you celebrate Teen Tech Week? We'd like to hear from you! Your feedback is greatly appreciated and will help us improve future Teen Tech Weeks. Take the 5 minute survey by April 21.

Added by YALSA on April 3, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #18-FB Profiles

Phew, we made it and here the last idea for your last minute TTW passive programming.

Have your teens change their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or Snapchat profile picture to reflect their cause.  They can hold up a hashtag in their pic, hold up a book, or showcase their artwork.  Have them encourage their friends to take a stand and change their profiles pics.

I hope everyone has had a great…


Added by Dawn Abron on March 9, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #17: Share Your Stories

Most of your teens are probably on Instagram and Snapchat and chances are they share stories.  Stories allows users to use a series of photos and videos to tell a message.

For a passive program, have teens choose a cause.  For subsequent photos or videos they can hold up hashtags, state why they are standing up for their cause, tips, hotline phone numbers/websites for additional assistance, books, artwork, etc.  Make…


Added by Dawn Abron on March 8, 2017 at 10:58am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #16: Post its for Change

Teen Tech is in full swing and if you are looking for a quick passive idea that doesn't cost anything, go and raid your supply closet!

Set out a bunch of Post its of all sizes, shapes, and colors and ask teens to draw a picture of change or write a message/poem/hashtag of change.  Then stick them all over your teen room, YA collection, or your library.  You can even spell out a word or create a picture with the Post…


Added by Dawn Abron on March 7, 2017 at 10:51am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #15: Chalk Art Gallery

It's been unseasonably warm so why not take Teen Tech Week outside.  Simply have teens choose a cause, supply chalk, and have teens promote their cause outside of the library.  Take pictures and post to social media.…


Added by Dawn Abron on March 6, 2017 at 8:12am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #14: DIY Coloring Sheets

Coloring sheets are still all the rage and they are also a great and cheap passive program for your TTW programming.  

  • If you have iPads, download the free Adobe Illustrator Draw app and allow teens to play with it until they feel comfortable with the software.  
  • Allow teens to choose a cause for social change and ask them to draw a picture based on their…

Added by Dawn Abron on March 5, 2017 at 9:49am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #14-M&M Mosaic

Teen Tech Week begins Monday and you don't have time to plan anything big; what can you do?  Passive programming.  Passive programs require little to no assistance from staff.  Just put an example with instructions and supplies in the middle of the table and let the teens take it from there.

A fun passive program is M&M Mosaics.  Teens can create a message of change using M&Ms.

Here's How:

  • Set…

Added by Dawn Abron on March 4, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programs

Day #13: Harry Potter Alliance

The Harry Potter Alliance is a social change organization that encourages teens to make a difference through the Harry Potter Series. There are several campaigns to choose and info on how to get started. Check out the website for complete info.

Added by Dawn Abron on March 3, 2017 at 3:30pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #12: Tee Party

Teens love graphic tees and during Teen Tech Week, they came make their own graphic or words of social change.

Here's How:

  • If you have a Silhouette or Cricut Machine, you can have teens make a graphic or phrase using vinyl. Then have teens sponge fabric paint on the tee to make it a graphic tee.
  • If your library has a die cut machine, you can use the die cut letters to make a word stencil then sponge…

Added by Dawn Abron on March 2, 2017 at 12:33pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #11: Open Source Coding

Although Hour of Code is in December, it doesn't mean you can't host one on your own. 

Hour of Code is a program designed to teach the basics of coding in one hour.  You simply choose a open source coding site (free site) and chose a coding activity you think your teens will enjoy and let them loose.  The great thing about these coding sites is that the lessons are geared to teach teens step by step with little assistance from staff.  in other words,…


Added by Dawn Abron on March 1, 2017 at 11:46am — No Comments

Join YALSA for a Twitter Takeover during Teen Tech Week™ 2017

To add to the Teen Tech Week festivities taking place at libraries across the nation, each day during Teen Tech Week, YALSA’s twitter account, @yalsa will be turned over to a different partner who will share out information, news and resources of interest to those working to build digital literacy skills in teens.

The takeover will allow partners to inform and engage YALSA’s 38,000+ Twitter followers about relevant issues from their…


Added by YALSA on March 1, 2017 at 10:39am — No Comments

Stoicheia Elements Reception and Maker Open House

In celebration of Teen Tech Week, and in honor of International Women's Day, Arts and Communication Magnet Academy Maker Club, in collaboration with Lumina Lab and the Intel Innovators Program, presents a Maker Open House and Opening Reception for Stoicheia [ELEMENTS] on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm in the foyer of ACMA's Performing Arts Center.…


Added by Leann ORourke on February 27, 2017 at 10:24pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #10: Peeps Show

It's Easter time and that mean an abundance of Peeps.  Peeps are cheap and come in a variety of colors, what can you do with them?  Make a diorama of change.

There are two ways to do this: 1-Give your teens two hours to make their…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 27, 2017 at 12:48pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #9: Interactive Change

Surround your teen room/space with messages of change!  Teens can draw a picture of themselves or a piece that represents their message.  They record a MP3 of their message of change and when other teens visit your space and touch the picture, they can hear the message of change.

Here's How:


Added by Dawn Abron on February 24, 2017 at 10:38am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #8-Social Change Bookmarks

With this new administration, civil rights are being challenged daily.  You can encourage your teens and all their classmates to voice their concerns to their congressman through bookmarks.

Simply download an app that prints old timey photo booth strips.  Our favorite is Cream &…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 23, 2017 at 10:27am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #7: Upcycle Your Jeans

Many teens are passionate about the environment and one way to help them get the word out is upcycling.  You and your teens can encourage their friends to turn their old denim jeans into bookbags, purses, jewelry, hair accessories, or book covers.

Incorporating Upcyclying your Jeans into your Teen Tech Week Programming

  • If you have sewing machines, here's…

Added by Dawn Abron on February 22, 2017 at 2:58pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #6: Umbrellas for Love (Social Change)

Teens like to write messages of tolerance, love, and peace so think out of the box and have them turn umbrellas into artwork.

Set out tarps, paint, Sharpies, or fabric markers and umbrellas-you can purchase white umbrellas at Oriental Trading.  Provide a theme of social change and let the creativity…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 21, 2017 at 2:53pm — No Comments

YALSA announces Gene Luen Yang as 2017 Teen Tech Week™ National Spokesperson

YALSA is excited to announce award winning young adult author Gene Luen Yang as its 2017 Teen Tech Week national spokesperson.

Gene Luen Yang is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and has written and drawn many graphic novels, including American Born Chinese, which was a National Book Award finalist, as well as the winner of YALSA's …


Added by YALSA on February 21, 2017 at 9:59am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #5-Social Media Takeover

A popular trend you'll see on Snapchat and Twitter is a total takeover.  In the book world, publishers let authors takeover their social media to do unique, engaging posts that include videos, contests, and polls. You can allow your TAG, book club, anime club, or teen room regulars to take over your social media or a day or for the entire Teen Tech Week.  If you have strict policies for social media at your library, I advise you to get permission from…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 20, 2017 at 11:35am — No Comments

Encourages teens to visit the library to use all of the great digital resources offered to make a change in their life and community. #TTW17

Perks for TTW Site Members

By joining this site, you're eligible for these benefits & resources:

  • Free digital download of themed posters, bookmarks, and more!
  • Free access to archived webinars and opportunities to participate in an upcoming Teen Tech Week webinar
  • updates about grant opportunities
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more.

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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

Tags: school, high

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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