It’s Teen Tech Week, March 2-8, and it’s time to celebrate!

Make sure to have your teens:

* enter the Promotional Song Contest (entries are due by midnight on Saturday, March 8)

* take the SmartGirl Survey on their technology use
* vote for next year’s Teen Tech Week theme.

Use our Tech Guides to run your events! Check out the new guides feature gaming (PDF) and podcasting (PDF), plus there’s a sponsored guide on the all-new D&D Interactive (PDF) from our Corporate Sponsor, Dungeons & Dragons.

Tell us your plans at the Teen Tech Week Wiki!

Teen Tech Week committee has come up with a list of 25 things teens can do for Teen Tech Week. If you run into any teens that seem bored or want something to do, then hand them a list of 25 tech activities they may want to try. There should be no_bored_teens in the library during Teen Tech Week. And with these self-directed activities, all you have to do is spread the word by giving out the ideas.

Feel free to print out and distribute this list to teens and also consider sending it as an update on Facebook, MySpace, or Bebo.

25 Things you can do for Teen Tech Week

1. Download an eBook or audiobook onto your mp3 player.
2. Visit your local library’s webpage.
3. Blog about a library book or program.
4. Try out a book focused site like LibraryThing or Shelfari.

5. Create a soundtrack for your favorite book.
6. Ask your librarian to recommend a non-fiction book on an area of technology that interests you.
7. Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
8. Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to.
9. Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and some even have their own MySpace profiles. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
10. Check out some video games, DVDs or music CDs from your library.

11. Create an avatar on Yahoo! Avatars.
12. Start a Teen Tech Club at your school or public library.
13. Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
14. Practice your HTML skills on your MySpace.
15. Watch some anime or startup an anime club at your library.
16. Create a YouTube video about your library or a favorite book.

17. Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database.
18. Volunteer to help clean the computers and media at your library.
19. Volunteer to tutor library customers who are new to using computers.
20. Learn how to DeeJay music or record music with a computer.
21. Search in a biography database for an article about your favorite musical artist.
22. Learn how to use some new software.
23. Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
24. Create a database of something you want to organize.
25. Start a, Twitter or Flickr account.

Have more ideas? Leave them in the comments!

Peru Public Library Teen Tech Week Display Teen Tech Week is coming soon and every library can get in on the celebration or enhance their planned activities with some Teen Tech Week themed displays.

Looking for books? Check out the list at the Teen Tech Week Wiki

Think beyond books! You can highlight the more high tech parts of your collection with a display of audiobooks, cds, and dvds.

Ask staff if they have any out-dated technology at home that might make for a fun display. How many teens have seen an eight-track or even an actual record player?

Instead of a physical display use a site like to make a slide show of book covers or program photos for the library website or MySpace.

Pick one popular teen subject and display all types of materials together, for example some Beyonce bios, cds, and the Dreamgirls DVD.

Create a Teen Picks shelf in your library and encourage your TAB members or other teens to keep it stocked with all different types of materials.

Explore photos of Teen Tech Week Displays from last year’s celebration. See what other librarians have done and get creative!

–posted on behalf of Beth Saxton, Teen Tech Week committee member

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The ALA midwinter meeting passed by like a whirlwind and now we are only five weeks away from celebrating Teen Tech Week! Many of us are collaborating with teens on the final planning stages for our Teen Tech Week programs, while some of us haven’t exactly started yet. Regardless of what position you are in, here are some points to remember when preparing for Tune in @ Your Library:

  • Don’t forget to register your library for Teen Tech Week before February 4th. Registration is free and only takes a minute. By registering, you are telling YALSA that you support technology initiatives for teens and that TTW is a valuable program.
  • Just started planning? Don’t fret! The Teen Tech Week wiki is loaded with quick and easy program ideas, in addition to the more involved but rewarding activities.
  • Get your teens involved with YALSA’s Promotional Song Contest. The contest challenges teens to create a song promoting the library and its technology resources. Entries are due by midnight on Saturday March 8th.
  • If you haven’t already, be sure to order your official Teen Tech Week posters, bookmarks, and giveaways from ALA Graphics. Orders placed by February 18th with standard shipping will arrive in time for Teen Tech Week.
  • Take advantage of the Teen Tech Guides, intended to briefly familiarize librarians with emerging technologies. The Making Music with Teens Guide explains how to setup a recording studio for teens at little to no cost and can aide you in supporting the promotional song contest.
  • Remember to point your teens to the official TTW web site during the week of celebration, March 2-8, 2008. On the web site, teens will be able to vote for next year’s theme and participate in an online survey about technology.
  • Look for the winter 2008 issue of YALS journal to cover technology articles such as Teen Tech Week partnerships.
  • Breathe, smile, and have fun! Remember that Teen Tech Week is supposed to fun and exciting, and it’s important you share some of that excitement with the teens.

Do you know any teens that make their own music? Perhaps they like to sing or have their own band? Now is the time to let them shine! Give teens an opportunity to showcase their talent in YALSA’s Teen Tech Week Promotional Song Contest.

The purpose of the contest is for teens to create a song that promotes libraries and their many technology resources to teens. Judges will be looking for content that promotes library technology and Teen Tech Week, well-written and audible lyrics, creative approach, and clear-sounding production quality.

Teens may begin working on the contest immediately. Every entry will be acknowledged with a certificate. Each of the five finalists will receive a free book and the winner(s) will also receive a $50 gift certificate from a major bookstore, and will be interviewed for a YALS article and press release.

Teen Tech Week will be held during March 2 – 8, 2008. All contest materials are due on March 8, 2008 at midnight.

Visit the Teen Tech Web site at to download the official rules and entry form.

Hop Tip: Want to know how to setup a recording studio for teens so they can make music in the library? Then read one of YALSA’s Teen Tech guides on making music with teens.

Download a PDF of Making Music with Teens here:

As chair of Teen Tech Week committee, I am happy to announce that YALSA is now accepting registrations for the 2008 celebration. Please join me by registering your school or public library for the second annual Teen Tech Week, Tune in @ Your Library. Teen Tech Week will be celebrated at thousands of public and school libraries across the nation from March 2 – 8, 2008.

Why should you register?
YALSA is a non-profit organization that depends on its members for support. By registering, you are letting us know that technology literacy is important to you and your teen patrons. By registering, you are telling YALSA that this program is valuable and worth continuing.

Teen Tech Week registrants will have first-hand access to Tech Guides developed by the Teen Tech Week committee. Tech guides provide a basic introduction to emerging technologies and give examples of how to connect teens with these exciting mediums. Registrants will also receive updates about contests and incentives via e-mail.

Start Planning your Event Today
We are nearly three months away from Teen Tech Week! Start planning your event today by browsing the Teen Tech Week wiki for program and display ideas. Teen Tech Week also has an official web site that is full of planning resources.

Stay Tuned for more TTW Resources
•The Teen Tech Week Tech Guides will help you keep abreast of current technologies and how you can use them in a public or school library program. Visit the Teen Tech Week web site in the near future to read the first tech guide, Making Music with Teens.

•You could win one of ten $500 Teen Tech Week Mini-grants for programming in your library! More information to come soon.

•Have your teens enter our Best Promotional Library Song Contest! Teens may enter individually or in a group. Prizes include gift certificates and materials for your library. Details to come.

Attention all librarians, teachers, bloggers, and teens!

Votin’ is our sacred American duty!

It’s time to encourage your teens to cast their vote for the Teens’ Top 10

Sponsored by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) and the YA Galley Committee

The Teens’ Top 10 is the only book award list that is recommended and awarded solely by teens.

***Teens have been reading! 15 teen groups sifted through Advance Reader’s Copies/Galleys to find the best books for teens published in 2006 and 2007.

***This year, 25 titles made it through the laborious process and were nominated for the Teens’ Top 10. In order to be nominated, a book must be selected by 3 different teens from within these 15 groups.

***Now, we need teens from all over the United States to vote on the Top 10!

To do List

For Librarian — Set up a voting station and inform your teens with the 5 W’s about Teens’ Top 10 voting. For more information about the Teens’ Top 10 (as well as promotion ideas), please visit the website. Get the information below into teens’ hands

For Teens — Voting opens during Teen Read Week, October 14-20, 2007. We want to know which titles you think deserve the title of Teens’ Top 10. Twenty-five titles have been nominated by teens just like you as the best reads of 2006-2007. Read as many of the titles as you can before October 14, 2007. Teens should visit the website to place their vote anytime during Teen Read Week. We look forward to seeing which books YOU think are the best of the best.

For bloggers — Get the word out about this important initiative.

The YA Galley Committee will count all of these votes to come up with the official list of Teens’ Top 10 for 2007.

Without further ado, these are the 25 nominated titles for Teens’ Top 10 2007:

1. Firegirl by Tony Abbott

2. Clay by David Almond
3. Road of the Dead by Kevin Brooks
4. Secrets of My Hollywood Life by Jen Calonita
5. The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman

6. Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
7. How to Ruin a Summer Vacation by Simone Elkeles
8. In Search of Mockingbird by Loretta Ellsworth
9. The Christopher Killer by Alane Ferguson
10. What Happened to Cass McBride by Gail Giles

11. Hello, Groin by Beth Goobie
12. River Secrets by Shannon Hale
13. Shock Point by April Henry
14. Bad Kitty by Michele Jaffe

15. Born to Rock by Gordon Korman
16. New Moon by Stephanie Meyer
17. Kiki Strike: Inside the Shadow City by Kirsten Miller
18. Prom Anonymous by Blake Nelson
19. Maximum Ride: School’s Out-Forever by James Patterson

20. Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
21. Penelope Bailey Takes the Stage by Susanna Reich
22. All Hallows Eve (13 Stories) by Vivian Vande Velde
23. Skin by Adrienne Maria Vrettos
24. The Unresolved by T.K. Welsh

25. Flora Segunda: Being the Magickal Mishaps of a Girl of Spirit, Her Glass-Gazing Sidekick, Two Ominous Butlers (One Blue), a House with Eleven Thousand Rooms, and a Red Dog by Ysabeau S. Wilce

For more information about the Teens’ Top 10, please visit

(Posted on behalf of the YA Galley Committee)

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.