Tweens, young teens, and technology

Tessa Michaelson Schmidt has announced an exciting opportunity for those of us serving tweens and young teens in our libraries. Read on for details about how your library can be part of the 2012 Presidents’ Program at ALA in Anaheim (a joint affair between ALSC and YALSA.)

How are you handling the digital lives of tweens and young teens at your library? At the 2012 Presidents’ Program at ALA in Anaheim we will be talking about tweens and young teens and exploring their use of technology. What is the life of a tween or young teen like in this digital age? What are the particular challenges and opportunities they face online? What should libraries be doing? Show us in a video!

  • Videos should be 2-3 minutes in length and created by librarians, for librarians.  Show and tell us about an experience or project dealing with tweens and young teens and technology at your library.  What worked?  What didn’t?   What did you learn?
  • Post it on YouTube with the tag “youthprezprogram12”.
  • Email co-chairs Tessa Michaelson Schmidt and Sarah Couri at with the YouTube link and your contact information.
  • Deadline for submissions: Monday, April 30, 2012 at midnight.

All video entrants will be eligible to win a $100 Amazon gift card.   Selected videos will be shown at the 2012 ALSC and YALSA Joint Presidents’ Program in Anaheim! Speak up and speak out: how are you working with technologically active tweens and young teens?

Innovative Programs for Tweens

To a packed house on February 8, Andrea Vaughn and Lisa Goldstein presented the creative programs they’ve developed for tweens at the Central Library of the Brooklyn Public Library.

The children’s librarians encounter a captive audience of campers every summer through their partnership with Brooklyn Cultural Adventures Program (BCAP). The librarians engage this audience with original programs featuring popular themes like A Day at Hogwarts and Spy School of Brooklyn, and Supernatural Creatures. Sometimes their creativity is sparked by pop culture phenomenons like the YouTube video Creme that Egg! that inspired a program in which tweens create their own Rube Goldberg machine.

Andrea and Lisa have provided links to handouts from their presentation – please see this month’s Teen Direct or contact youth services for the information. If you missed this program, you also missed the free copy of Kiki Magazine, but not to worry: you can look online for a sample issue of this smart magazine for tween girls.