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2017 Teen Tech Week Grants

Apply now for YALSA's 2017 Teen Tech Week Grant. Each grant will be worth $1,000 each to help support Teen Tech Week programs and activities. Apply by January 1, 2017.

Learn more here.

Added by YALSA on November 8, 2016 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Funding for Makerspaces in High Schools

Apply for funds to create a makerspace in a high school.  Learn more at

Added by YALSA on March 14, 2016 at 10:55am — No Comments

Teen Tech Week 2016

Teens really became creative today at Brooklyn Public Library's Arlington Branch with the throwies. One teen made a flower that also serves as a writing pen that will light up. Another teen created a mirror that had two blinking lights

Added by Barbara Holland on March 12, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Share Your STEAM ideas & you could receive an Innovation Fellowship

The Innovation Collaborative is collecting innovative lessons, units or projects from K-12 teachers and librarians as part of the first national effort to develop a framework for effective practices at the intersections of arts, sciences and humanities. The resulting matrix will include validated effective teaching practices that are often referred to as STEAM. These will then be tested in classrooms and used to develop educational materials. Submissions will be reviewed by researchers and…


Added by YALSA on March 11, 2016 at 9:34am — No Comments

Extend the Learning Beyond TTW

Check out these two funding opportunities to help you continue to offer STEAM related activities for and with the teens in your community:

  1. The University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, today announced a $700,000 open international challenge to scale connected learning through innovative learning playlists that close the opportunity gap and help learners succeed in today’s connected world.…

Added by YALSA on March 7, 2016 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Nogales School Library is present in #TTW16

It is a pleasure to join this great event.

Here is what we are doing this week to celebrate Teens and Technology in our Library.

ttw2016.pdf in Spanish…


Added by adriana carrillo on March 7, 2016 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Join YALSA for a Twitter Takeover during Teen Tech Week™ 2016

To add to the 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 34,000+ Twitter followers about relevant issues from their perspectives, as well as…


Added by YALSA on March 2, 2016 at 1:11pm — No Comments

Resources for the Teen Creative Writing & Art Contest

Find and share resources for the Twist Fate challenge via this Google doc.  Instructions for how teens can enter are at and If you missed the free webinars about how to connect with…


Added by YALSA on February 26, 2016 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

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, National Writing Project, and Wattpad for the Twist Fate challenge.

The challenge is to get young people (ages 13-17) telling stories about…


Added by YALSA on February 9, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Free Downloadable Digital Posters & Bookmarks Now Available!

Ning site members can now download the themed posters and bookmarks to use for Teen Tech Week™. To access the posters and bookmarks, log into your ning account and click on the "Poster & Digital Files" page under the "TTW Logo & Poster" tab.

Added by YALSA on December 7, 2015 at 11:41am — No Comments

Teen Tech Week Webinar Registration: Tuesday, Dec 15 12pm EST

Join YALSA for our Teen Tech Week webinar:

Create It at Your Library: Developing Hands-On Learning Experiences for Teens

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

12pm Eastern / 11am Central / 10am Mountain/ 9am Pacific

This year's TTW theme is Create It At Your Library and what a great opportunity to emphasize how library workers play a crucial role in creating learning experiences for teens! Join us on Tuesday, December 15 for a discussion…


Added by YALSA on December 1, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

2016 Theme: Create it at your library

Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with us, March 6-12, 2016, with the theme "Create it at your library."

Check back in November 2015 for everything you need to plan TTW activities in your community, including free downloadable posters and bookmarks!

Added by YALSA on October 6, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

Teen Tech Week Project a huge success!

The Redwood City Youth Literacy Council put on a free "Fun with Robots, Science and Math" event at the local library with 42 kids and 68 adults attending. The 2-hour event included a discussion of robotics engineering and construction following by rotating sessions about robot programming, robot design, tower…


Added by Ryan Traynor on March 19, 2015 at 6:58pm — No Comments

QR code challenge Teen Treasure Hunt

I found this unique link to creating a QR code Treasure Hunt. This is something new to me and putting myself out there to give it a try. I made up questions and it's super easy. just follow the instructions. I'm working on downloading an app on the Ipad to use and get students to do the same. Then we can work together on the codes for the treasure hunt. The QR reader recommendations are for I-Nigma, NeoReader or Kaywa to a device to scan the codes.  You print off the QR codes which…


Added by Laurie Solawetz on March 4, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week at the East Lyme Public Library

We will be celebrating our first annual Teen Tech Week showcase at the East Lyme Public Library in Connecticut. Stop by and visit!

Teen Tech Week “Maker” Showcase

Wednesday, March 11th

3:30 to 5 p.m. in the East Lyme Room.

Local teens will demonstrate their “maker” and science fair projects. Hands-on activities, too!

Find out what the “maker” craze is all about.

No registration required. Recommended for ages 9 and up.

Teen Tech Week Prize Drawing:…


Added by Rebecca Scotka on February 28, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Snapchat for Libraries

Great article for beginning Snappers >> Mashable

Added by Karen Radziewicz on February 12, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Research Summary: Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

Competencies for Professionals in Learning Labs and Makerspaces

By: Kyungwon Koh, PhD and June Abbas, PhD


Learning Labs and Makerspaces in libraries and museums are transformative learning…


Added by YALSA on February 10, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

TTW Twitter Chat -- January 23, 2015 12-1PM EST

Gear up for Teen Tech Week™ with monthly Twitter chats, starting Friday, January 23rd from 12-1PM EST.

This month's topic will be "Utilizing Teen Tech Trends in TTW Programming." Participate by using the hashtag #TTW15 and to follow the conversation.


The other two twitter chats will take place on the following dates:

Thursday, Feb 12th, 12-1PM EST : Publicity Strategies for TTW

Wednesday, March 4th,…


Added by YALSA on January 9, 2015 at 9:00am — No Comments

SAVE THE DATE for Teen Tech Week Webinars in 2015!

Be sure to save the date for three additional Teen Tech Week webinars. Additional details and registration will be available soon!


Added by YALSA on December 9, 2014 at 2:00pm — 4 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.


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

Started by Carla Avitabile in Sample Title Jan 2. 0 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

Hi-Res TTW Logos

Started by Marisa Eytalis in Sample Title Dec 20, 2016. 0 Replies

Hi all! How do we obtain high res versions of the TTW logos? Our marketing department is refusing to use the low res ones for our print materials. They require that all images be a minimum of 300…Continue

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Empowering Teens With Hashtags

Started by Dawn Abron in Sample Title. Last reply by Dawn Abron Nov 14, 2016. 2 Replies

What social awareness programs have you done at your library? What hashtags did you use to spread the word?Continue

Tags: #TTW2017

Appy Hour

Started by Dawn Abron in Sample Title Nov 9, 2016. 0 Replies

At my library, our teen love the Cream & Sugar photo app.  It resembles old timey photo…Continue

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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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