TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October and aims to celebrate teens, promote year-round teen services and the innovative ways teen services helps teens learn new skills, and fuel their passions in and outside the library. TeenTober replaces YALSA’s previous Teen Read Week™ and Teen Tech Week™ celebrations, allowing libraries the flexibility to celebrate all types of literacies according to their library’s schedule. Library staff are encouraged to utilize this new celebration to advocate for and raise awareness of the importance of year-round teen services in libraries.

Are you celebrating TeenTober? Although celebrating may be a bit different this year, YALSA would like to still hear from you! If you're celebrating, be sure to share your photos and programs with us via @yalsa and use #TeenTober. If you're not able to celebrate, share with @yalsa your favorite past programs. Each weekday at 11am CST, we'll also tweet about the below suggested themes and ask you to share photos, programs, etc; past or present!

  • Week 1: Literacies
  • Week 2: Writing
  • Week 3: Technology & Gaming
  • Week 4: Art & Music

Remember, the idea behind TeenTober is to allow flexibility! Libraries are encouraged to create a celebration schedule and duration that works best for their library and teens. Celebrate just one day, week, or all month long!


The new TeenTober poster and bookmark digital files are now available in the ALA Store!


View and download the TeenTober Toolkit.


Download the free web graphics!


If you'd like to receive updates about TeenTober, please sign up here