For immediate release | December 18, 2012

YALSA announces 2013 Teen Tech Week™

CHICAGO — The time has come to Check In @ your library! Registration for Teen Tech Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) annual celebration of digital literacy and technology via the library is now open at

Teen Tech Week is March 10-16, 2013, with a theme of Check In @ your library, which encourages libraries to throw open their physical and virtual doors and showcase the outstanding technology they offer for teens and their families, from services such as online homework help and digital literacy-focused programs to resources like e-books, movies, music, audiobooks, databases and more.

“Teens are constantly using technology to communicate, collaborate and create, and libraries are a great place for teens to learn how to use technology safely and smartly,” said YALSA President H. Jack Martin. “Registering for Teen Tech Week helps demonstrate that libraries around the country consider technology an important part of teen lives and an important part of the programs and services offered by libraries.”

Registrant benefits include a free webinar on maker spaces with Hilary Kolos from Dreamyard and materials from TTW Partners, such as database trials, books and more. For more information and to join, please visit the Teen Tech Week website.

Teen Tech Week is a national initiative sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association and is aimed at teens, their parents, educators and other concerned adults. The purpose of the initiative is to ensure that teens gain the digital literacy skills they need—with the help of libraries—in order to be successful in school and prepared to participate in a 21st century workforce.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail:


Jaclyn Finneke

Communications Manager

Young Adult Library Services Association

1-800-545-2433 ext.2128