Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Celebrate Teen Tech Week and Help Share a Story, Shape a Future

Teen Tech Week™ is happening all this week (March 4–10), and YALSA invites you to Geek Out @ your library! This year’s theme encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors to teens and showcase the outstanding technology they offer, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.

Here are a few extra ways you can participate this week:

*Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #ttw12. Your post could be featured on YALSA's homepage
*Check out YALSA's Pinterest board on Teen Tech Week
*Be part of Thursday's Hunger Games tweetup (3:30-5 p.m. Eastern on March 8, using hashtag #THGyalsa)

As if Teen Tech week isn't enough, you can also take part in Share a Story- Shape a Future, an annual blog tour for literacy. Share a Story ~ Shape a Future is, as the name suggests, an opportunity to share ideas, encourage each other, and spread the word about children's literacy. For 5 days in March, they harness the power of the Worldwide web to share ideas about ways to engage kids as readers. Their site states, "You won't find statistics, academic analysis, or judgments that tell you why you should read. You'll hear about favorite books, but you won't see any self-promotion or pitches. This is not an author or book tour. Share a Story-Shape a Future aims to build a community of readers, one person at a time."

The theme this year is the Culture of Reading, and Donalyn Miller kick-starts the event by talking about Creating a Reading Culture. She and her guests will explain what a "reading culture" is, and offer ways to encourage kids to read more at home and school, as well as across age groups.

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