As we anxiously await the announcement of our Teen Tech Week 2011 grant winners I’d like to take this opportunity to highlight some of our past grant winners and share their successful programming ideas.

TTW 2009 “Press Play @ Your Library”

Camden Tadhg from the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, Minnesota hosted a “Party Like It’s Teen Tech Week” bash that featured hands on group instruction in Circuit-Bending while the Teen Tech Squad provided one-on-one software training. The day culminated in a Circuit Bending Jam Session where the teens made music with the instruments they created throughout the day.

Christine Carlson from the Central Rappahannock Regional Library in Fredericksburg, Virginia planned a week long celebration entitled, “Through Teen Eyes: Press Play @ Your Library”. Focused on the audio-visual experience, Flip Video camcorders were purchased and teens were invited to record original films about their unique perspectives. They were given advice and direction about how to go about the writing and filming process. A film festival ended the week giving the budding filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their films.

Penny Johnson from the Baraboo Public Library in Baraboo,Wisconsin used the mini grant to makeover her branch’s teen space. She worked with the local teens to construct LED clocks, a scrolling marquee and a high-tech mural to create an eye catching display wall that teens will be able to enjoy for years to come.

Teen Tech Week 2011 and beyond

Now is the time to start planning your 2011 Teen Tech Week! The theme is Mix and Mash @ Your Library and the opportunities are endless. Use your favorite technology to create audibooks, digital scrapbooks, movie trailers, music videos and more. Share your ideas with us in the comments below!

Crissy Claiborne

About Teen Tech Week

Dawn Abron is the Teen Services Coordinator at the Zion-Benton Public Library in Zion, IL.

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