Teen Tech Week Grants Available

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Great news teen librarians! Do you want to do something snazzy for Teen Tech Week this year? It’s a great way to offer programming for young people and introduce or offer access to technologies and media. Take a look at what the folks at the LibraryLoft did last year, the snazzy offerings at the Public Library of Brookline or the line up of HOT programs the Tulsa Library offered teens.

According to the YALSA site, “the 2008 theme, Tune In @ Your Library, was chosen by teens from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds for its focus on music and sound. Music is a vital part of teens’ lives; Tune In @ your library encourages teens to take advantage of the library’s music and media resources, such as music CDs, DVDs, audiobooks and Internet access to online media. The theme will also give librarians a chance to improve music and media collections, discuss ethical downloading with teens and build exciting programs that are associated with music and media.”

Think of the stuff you could do with the $450! Games? Music? iPods?

From Yalsa’s website:

“Thanks to our 2008 Corporate Sponsor Dungeons & Dragons, you could win one of twenty mini grants for your celebration! Mini grants of $450 and $50 worth of Teen Tech Week products are available to YALSA members who plan to offer unique, engaging programming activites, services or resources to celebrate Teen Tech Week in their community. Download the official rules and submit the application form and your proposal to the YALSA office at yalsa@ala.org by January 7, 2008.”

Find out more at the YALSA wiki TTW page to get inspired! I’d like to see many more Flickr sets, podcasts, blog posts, etc from libraries that participate this year. Thanks to YALSA for a pretty darn cool program.

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