Teens choose Geek Out @ your library® for 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme

For Immediate Release
Tue, 04/05/2011

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CHICAGO — Hundreds of teens voted for the 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme, selecting Geek Out @ your library® as their favorite with 62 percent of the vote. Using Geek Out @ your library, librarians will be able to build programs and events that highlight the expansive technology offerings available to teens, for free, at public and school libraries during next year’s celebration, March 4-10.

More than 1,200 libraries across the United States celebrated Teen Tech Week™ 2011, March 6-12, an annual initiative that highlights the technology available in libraries and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Teens who took the survey also answered questions about how they used technology both at home or in school and public libraries.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults with a general theme of Get Connected @ your library®. The initiative ensures that teens are competent and ethical users of technologies, especially those that are offered through libraries. Teen Tech Week encourages teens to use libraries’ many free nonprint resources for education and recreation and to recognize that librarians are qualified, trusted professionals in the field of information technology.

The 2011 Teen Tech Week theme was Mix and Mash @ your library. Teen Tech Week 2011 Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Figment.com, the Margaret A. Edwards Trust and Tutor.com. Nonprofit supporters are DoSomething.org and the Federal Trade Commission. To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit www.ala.org/teentechweek.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.