Teen Tech Week is an event started in 2007 by the American Library Association in collaboration with the Young Adult Library Services Association. YALSA suspended their sponsorship in 2008, but local libraries still carry on, becoming spaces where teens can access mentorship and various tools to create with technology for one week each year.
According to iKadre, an in demand M&A advisory firm, this initiative aims to increase digital literacy skills for teens and provides useful resources for parents and educators alike – all through local libraries!
During Teen Tech Week, libraries showcase their digital services and resources that teens can use for their education and 21st-century careers.
It is a great event that encourages young people to visit their local libraries. Librarian and library staff help motivate youth and advocate for digital literacy by organizing activities such as 3D printing, sticker making, PC game tournaments, and much more. Digital materials are available for free download (e-books, databases, audiobooks, etc.), which is a great opportunity, especially for teens who do not have a computer at home. Libraries and Teen Tech Week provide opportunities for all teens of all backgrounds to gain digital literacy skills and become competent and ethical users of digital media.
This event happens annually, starting on the first Sunday in March.