Use these free resources to make Teen Tech Week a success at your library:
- Making in the Library Toolkit — materials and resources to integrate the Maker mindset into programs and services
- Free tools including coding apps for iOs & Android, and 3D design tools
- STEAM Programming Toolkit created by YALSA's STEM Resources Taskforce
- Activity Ideas Toolkit — 50 ideas to try at your library
- Webinar Recordings — watch "Coding for Everyone: How Your Library Can Help Anyone Learn to Code" and "Create It at Your Library: Developing Hands-On Learning Experiences for Teens"
- Event Planning Toolkit — includes materials list, planning calendar, and more
- Publicity Toolkit — sample press release, sample letters to the editor, PSAs, and other tools to publicize TTW in your community
- Making in the Library Toolkit — provides materials and resources for programs (stealth programming, sewing, bicycle repair, etc.), outreach, and collections
- 25 Easy Tips for Teens — ideas for getting teens involved in Teen Tech Week at your library
- download the TTW 2018 logo, posters, and bookmarks
Teen Tech™ Week is a national initiative sponsored by Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) (a division of the American Library Association) that's aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. It's when libraries can showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available, to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers.
Millions of teens do not have access to a home computer and, were it not for libraries, would miss opportunities to gain important digital literacy skills. Libraries offer a bridge across the digital divide. Libraries also recognize that digital media plays an important part in a teens’ life. That is why more libraries than ever are helping teens build critical digital literacy skills, which they will use to obtain scholarships, secure jobs, effectively manage their online identity and more.