The theme this year has been “Libraries are for Creating.”
Teen Tech Week, 2018 was March 4 to 10, 2018. You can be a teen tech volunteer at any time, not just teen tech week. Download a JUNIOR VOLUNTEER APPLICATION form to be a Teen Tech Assistant to patrons with computer questions, and help with library tech stuff. Do you have ideas on tech recycling? Do you know how to be safe online and about identity theft prevention? Would you like to make posters, or organize a bookmark contest that highlights the library’s digital resources?
26 Easy Tips for Teens
- Download an ebook or audiobook from OverDrive or Hoopla.
- Research and download a new app for your smartphone or tablet, or download a mobile app for your phone to scan your library card barcode so you never forget your library card at home again.
- Start a Twitter, Tumblr, or Flickr account as a way to find and share content about a topic of interest to you.
- Write a blog post – about a library book or program you enjoyed, a hobby you enjoy, or something else that interests you!
- Try out a book-focused site like GoodReads, LibraryThing or Shelfari.
- Create a soundtrack or book trailer for your favorite book.
- Create a YouTube or Animoto video about your library or a favorite book.
- Ask your librarian or library staff to recommend a nonfiction book on an area of technology that interests you or a technology-related fiction book.
- Add something to an article on Wikipedia.
- Set up a podcast for a group or club you belong to. (Click the link to check out YALSA’s podcasts!)
- Many young adult authors welcome email from their readers, and many have their own websites, blogs, and Twitter/Facebook accounts. Why not send them a message in honor of Teen Tech Week?
- Check out some DVDs, or CDs from your library.
- Write and share instructions for a skill you already know how to do on https://www.instructables.com/
- While you’re at it, find an instructable for a craft or maker project you could do using materials available at the Hershey Public Library, and try it!
- Start a tech-related club at the Hershey Public Library.
- Read and contribute to a blog about technology.
- Sketch a plan for a piece of technology that would make your life easier or better in some way – it may even be something that you could try to build!
- Learn the basics of coding using a free website. Try https://www.codecademy.com/!
- Research and write a persuasive proposal to the Children’s librarian for a piece of technology, game, movie, technology-related book, ebook, or other tech-related item you think the library should have but does not yet have.
- Volunteer to tutor library patrons who are new to using computers.
- Learn how to DJ music or record music with a computer.
- Search in a database for an article about your favorite musician.
- Learn how to use some new software, and even create your own mobile app to submit for the Congressional App Challenge.
- Take a class on graphic design or digital photography.
- Create a database of something you want to organize.
- Download a newspaper article from the day you were born from an electronic database. (Power Library.)
BOOK & MEDIA LISTS
- 20 Books to Inspire Social Change
- Book to Movie: Ripped from the Pages 2015 Popular Paperbacks selections
- Careers with Code Magazine
- Get Your Geek On
Nominees for the 2012 Popular Paperbacks list
- STEM Reads 4 Teens (.pdf) – free downloadable pamphlet
- STEM Resources
- Tech Reads for Teens
- Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults
Amazing Audiobooks selects and annotates an annual list of notable audio recordings significant to young adults from those released in the past two years. Start building your audiobook collection here!
- Odyssey Award
Co-administered by ALSC and YALSA, the Odyssey Award highlights the best audiobook production each year for children and adults.
- 2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound & Lifelong Learners
Check out the latest OBCB list (particularly the Science and Technology sub-theme)!
- Get Creative
Fiction and nonfiction books from the 2007 Popular Paperbacks list to help teens tap into their creative juices.
- Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
This list offers a range of titles, including a lot of DIY/techie books that may appeal to teens.