It’s about that time of the year to begin thinking about Teen Tech Week 2008. I hope you will join me in surveying teen patrons about the types of tech programs they want to participate in. Teen Tech Week Taskforce has been busier than ever compiling resources, guides, and articles to support you with this planning process.

One of the first jobs the taskforce accomplished was gathering teen input to establish the 2008 theme, Tune in @ Your Library. Music is a vital part of teens’ lives, so it’s no wonder that this theme was most popular with our sample teen audiences. The theme encourages young adults to take advantage of the library’s music and media resources, such as music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and Internet access to online media.

Additional plans in progress for Teen Tech Week 2008 include:

•A new Teen Tech Week web site with even more resources
•Monthly guides that demystify social networking tools used to connect with teens.
•A Teen Tech Week contest that encourages youth participation
•Celebration ideas, from quick-and-easy programs to more involved workshops.
•A technology survey for teens, to be administered during TTW 2008.
•An online vote for the 2009 theme, to take place during TTW 2008.

As you plan your event, I hope you will peruse the TTW wiki and add ideas that strengthen the resources offered.

Teen Tech Week registration begins on September 1st and the second annual celebration takes place March 2-8, 2008.

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