Gear up for Teen Tech Week, March 10-16th

ImageTeen Tech Week™ is March 10-16, 2013, with a theme of Check In @ your library, which ...

encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors and showcase the outstanding technology they offer for teens and their families, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.

There are tons of way your library can participate in Teen Tech Week: you can offer special programs or activities, or simply encourage teens and parents to come to the library and check out tech resources. And if you register your library as a TTW participant (it's free) you'll get access to:

  • a free webinar on makerspaces with Hilary Kolos from Dreamyard
  • materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more

Great stuff you can use at your library for TTW:

Plus, here are ideas for programs from those offered by libraries during TTW 2012:

  • Teen Geek Out event that incorporated Wii games, an open internet lab period, database demonstrations, ereader and tablet demonstrations [Rum River Branch at the Anoka County (MN) Library System] [Note: Winnefox libraries can borrow our Wii or Xbox 360 game system here]
  • Teen Tech Challenge, a five question interactive quiz that encouraged teens to find resources from the library website, including how to access OverDrive, search the Florida Electronic Library, find articles available through the library database and explore the library’s blog. All teens who entered the challenge were eligible for a $25 gift certificate to Best Buy. [New Port Richey (FL) Library]
  • Teen Technology Leadership Conference, in which teens instructed their peers on new technologies, including hands-on time for other students [Tomahawk Creek Middle School Library, Midlothian (VA)]
  • craft program creating wallets from re-purposed computer keyboards [Indian River Library in Chesapeake (VA)]
Teens’ use of technology increased dramatically in recent years, yet more teens are doing this from home instead of the library. The Pew Internet & American Life project found that 93 percent of teens go online, with many using social networking sites, finding news and information, sharing content they create, and looking for information on health. Teens need to know that the library is a trusted resource for accessing information and that librarians are the experts who can help them develop the skills they need to use electronic resources effectively and efficiently. Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries such as DVDs, databases, audiobooks, and videogames.