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Re-Envisioning Teen Tech Week

Teen Tech Week™ will be revamped starting next year and all the resources on this Teen Tech Week site will be relocated to the YALSA site. As a result, this site will be deactivated.

In March 2017, a discussion between YALSA's board members resulted in board document #32 at Annual 2017 to re-envision TTW and TRW to create a larger advocacy/awareness…


Added by YALSA on October 8, 2018 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week Activites 2018

Teen Tech Week Activities 2018

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Added by Stacie Maples on March 8, 2018 at 12:35pm — No Comments

2018 Teen Tech Week™ Site Now Live!

Join the site for free to get access to downloadable posters and bookmarks available in Chinese, English, and Spanish!

Added by YALSA on December 6, 2017 at 12:00pm — 1 Comment

2018 Teen Tech Week™ Theme Announced!

Celebrate the next Teen Tech Week with the theme "Libraries are for Creating," March 4-10, 2018.

This year's theme encourages teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators, and to leverage library resources to share out their creations, whether they be podcasts, videos, apps, games, wearable tech, or some other fabulous invention or creation!

Stay tuned for a new website theme…


Added by YALSA on November 9, 2017 at 10:33am — No Comments

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

Encourage teens to take advantage of all the great digital tools offered through the library to become content creators! #TTW18


VRP Program Ends

Started by Kelly Dennison in Sample Title Jul 9. 0 Replies

We had a wonderful Vocational Reading Program here in Meigs, GA.  We had a lot fun but getting ready for back to school again.  Just wondering how the other libraries are feeling about their…Continue

Teen Tech Week: Lego WeDo 2.0

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Learn how to make the rover and program it using an iPad to respond to sensors and make sounds and different color LED lights. It is a 4-week session. Supplies will be provided. Limited space.Continue

Teen Tech Week @ ECHS

Started by Stacie Maples in Sample Title Mar 8. 0 Replies

Our Kids "creating" in the library this week.…Continue


TTW Posts from YALSABlog

Call for Volunteers for the Reenvisioning TRW/TTW Taskforce

On September 24th the YALSA board approved a Board Document that calls for the formation of a taskforce to reenvision the Teen Tech Week and Teen Read Week initiatives and create a larger advocacy/awareness campaign to promote the importance of year-round teen services. If you are interested in being a… Continue reading

Teen Tech Week: Four Steampunk Ideas

Teen Tech Week is finally here! “Libraries are for Creating” is a good theme for to introducing teens to Steampunk. Steampunk is not “punk” at all; the science fiction author, K.W. Jeter made up the word in the 1980’s. Think of it as science fiction meets Victorian Age. Jeter coined… Continue reading

Teen Tech Week: 9 Activities for Creating at Your Library

This year’s Teen Tech Week theme, “Libraries are for Creating,” highlights how teens can combine technology and creativity to create some truly unique products.  The ideas and resources here make for great program activities this Teen Tech Week and any time of the year. Paper Circuits This low-tech, low-cost project… Continue reading



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