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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

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #4-Coding Social Change

As you may have surmised, this year's theme is social change and coding.  How can you incorporate the two? Scratch, a free coding website, is the perfect place to begin.  Scratch allows you to code all types of games and you can use it to code a game about social change.  Please click this link to see a game about the…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 18, 2017 at 12:52pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Day #3-Buttons

For some reason, teens love to make buttons.  Put your button maker to use by having teens write p

How to Incorporate Your eResources into a Button Making Program:

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Added by Dawn Abron on February 17, 2017 at 3:11pm — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Programming Idea #2-Hashtags

Social Media is a great way to spark social change.  Movements such has Black Lives Matter, Stomp out Bullying and NoH8 (No Hate), used popular social media sites to begin and maintain conversations and action.  You can empower your teens by having them choose a popular movement or start their own.

How To Begin

First you should decide which social media sites to use.  There…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 16, 2017 at 11:37am — No Comments

18 Days of Teen Tech Week Programming

Programming Idea #1: Zines

Zines are written publications that allow the creator to express themselves.  Zines are cheap to make and can draw a large crowd of teens.  

To do a zine program during TTW at your library, simply lay out pencils; markers; and paper. Display instructions on how to fold a zine or your can show Youtube videos about zines for inspiration and information.  Check out this…


Added by Dawn Abron on February 15, 2017 at 12:07pm — No Comments

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

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.


Successful High School Programs

Started by Karen Abraham in Sample Title. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis 13 hours ago. 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 13 hours ago. 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

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Hi-Res TTW Logos

Started by Marisa Eytalis in Sample Title. Last reply by Marisa Eytalis Jan 27. 2 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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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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