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Apply for a Free 3D Printer from 3D Systems!

3D Systems, in collaboration with YALSA, is committed to expanding young people’s access to 21st century tools like 3D design, 3D scanning and 3D printing.  The MakerLab Club is a brand new community of thousands of U.S. libraries and museums committed to advancing 3D digital literacy…


Added by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:53pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week 2015 Theme: Libraries are for Making

Celebrate with the “Libraries are for Making” theme during YALSA’s Teen Tech Week March 8-14, 2015.

Demonstrate the value your library gives to the community by offering teens a space to extend learning beyond the classroom where they can explore, create and share content. From maker spaces, to coding classes to online fan fiction clubs, libraries can leverage the making theme to show how you connect in meaningful ways with the teens in your community…


Added by YALSA on October 7, 2014 at 3:52pm — No Comments

Mark Your Calendars for 2014 Teen Tech Week!

We'll celebrate the 2014 Teen Tech Week March 9 - 15 with the theme DIY @ your library.  Check back to this page in November 2013 for a wealth of resources to help you plan your 2014 celebration!

Added by YALSA on April 30, 2013 at 2:10pm — No Comments

Happy Teen Tech Week from @your library The Campaign for America's Libraries

Time to Check in @ your library and check out the outstanding technology they offer like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and online homework help.

What's your favorite thing to check out when you Check in @ your library!

Submit your answer at http://atyourlibrary.org/happy-teen-tech-week for a chance to win a $25 iTunes gift card. Open to library lovers of all ages. Contest will remain open until noon…


Added by YALSA on March 14, 2013 at 10:24am — No Comments

New Report from Pew on Teens & Technology

Pew released a new teens & technlogy report on March 13, 2013:


You can also read the YALSAblog post about it:


Added by YALSA on March 13, 2013 at 9:44am — No Comments

Free Webinar about Building Partnerships to Create Interactive Teen Spaces

In recognition of Teen Tech Week, the Afterschool Alliance will moderate a free webinar focused on how libraries—in partnership with youth-serving organizations—can be key allies in providing innovative and digitally-rich programming for teens.

With support from the MacArthur Foundation and the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), thirty libraries and museums throughout the country are working…


Added by YALSA on March 5, 2013 at 4:03pm — No Comments

Brand New: STEM Programming Toolkit

For those of you looking to infuse some Science, Technology Engineering, or Math into your TTW activities, YALSA now has an online toolkit to help you do just that!

Added by YALSA on March 1, 2013 at 1:16pm — No Comments

Teen Tech Week Resources on YALS online

The 2013 winter issue of YALS focused on Teen Tech Week (TTW) and mailed out earlier this month.  You can also find supplementary material on the YALS web site, including TTW-focused ideas and resources.  Check it out at http://www.yalsa.ala.org/yals/

Added by YALSA on February 19, 2013 at 11:57am — No Comments

Get & Share Ideas for TTW via a Tweet-Up!

Log on to Twitter any time from 2-3pm, eastern, on Fri. Feb. 22nd and participate in the Tweet-up.  Post ideas or search for ones using the hashtag: #TTW13.  This Tweet-up is being hosted by YALSA's Teen Tech Week Committee.

Added by YALSA on February 11, 2013 at 4:45pm — No Comments

RSVP for your Free Teen Tech Week Webinar!

Join YALSA for a free webinar, "Check In: Maker Spaces 101, Teens, and You" on February 7 from 2 - 3 p.m. ET. Discover how these new community spaces are engaging teens, encouraging research, and transforming activities from humdrum to home-run. Hillary Kolos, Director of Digital Learning at DreamYard, will guide you through teen content and technology spaces. Attendees will learn how to create a maker center when you have limited space and budget, how to apply Maker Space principles to…


Added by YALSA on February 1, 2013 at 2:20pm — 5 Comments

Resource for Sharing with Local Officials

Share this Issue Brief from YALSA with the elected officials and policy makers in your town and state: http://bit.ly/AyI06V. It focuses on the role libraries play in keeping teens safe online, which is often a hot topic in local, state and federal government.  Passing this on to your officials can help ensure that they are knowledgeable about the important work that you do.  Is sharing this an act of lobbying?  Nope.  You're just providing…


Added by YALSA on March 9, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Welcome to the Teen Tech Week website!

Hello, and welcome to the 2013 Teen Tech Week website, your one-stop shop for all that you need to plan a great event in 2013!

  • Looking for the event ideas, professional resources, and publicity tools of years past? They're here; just check the Resources tab (and we've even made downloadable versions for easier use)
  • We put up an FAQ, but if you have a question that isn't answered that you think would benefit registrants at large, please leave your question in the…

Added by YALSA on October 19, 2011 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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


Teen Tech Week @ ECHS

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

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

Teen Tech Week: All month long

Started by Ashly Roman in Uncategorized. Last reply by Ashly Roman Mar 8. 2 Replies

The Reading Public Library, Teen Loft located in Reading, PA will be celebrating TTW all month long.  Program include Tech Tuesday coding program from Code.org and a partnership with Girls Who…Continue

Tags: Who, Code, Code.org, Girs, Coding

Public Library Programs

Started by YALSA in Uncategorized. Last reply by merry cooper Mar 7. 55 Replies

Do you work at a public library? Use this space to find and share ideas for TTW programs that are hosted through public libraries!Continue

Moses Greeley Parker Library in Dracut, MA

Started by Christine Radzik in Sample Title Mar 3. 0 Replies

Our Teen Tech Week program is mainly do it yourself stuff.We have Creative Minds on  Monday and Wednesday with coloring, zentangling, crossword puzzles, suduko, Color by number pages and Playing card…Continue


TTW Posts from YALSABlog

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

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



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