Encourage teens @ your library to vote for the 2010 Teen Tech Week™ theme

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist

(312) 280-2128



For Immediate Release

March 9, 2009

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), invites all teens to get out the vote for Teen Tech Week™, March 8-14. Teens can vote for the 2010 Teen Tech Week theme (and answer a short survey about their use of technology) at

Teens’ input will help determine the 2010 theme. They can choose from three potential themes: TMI @ your library, FYI @ your library and Create, Share, Learn @ your library. Each theme allows teens and librarians to build programs and events on the expansive technology offerings available to teens, for free, at public and school libraries.

The poll will also survey teens on their tech habits, including their use of online video, how they use technology at school or in their free time and the availability of technology at their libraries.

Teens can vote online at
www.ala.org/teentechweek for the theme and take the survey beginning March 8. The survey will close March 31.

Now in its third year, 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 2009 Teen Tech Week theme is Press Play @ your library. Teen Tech Week 2009 Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Evanced Solutions, Galaxy Press, Rosen Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Tutor.com and the Verizon Foundation. DoSomething.Org is a Nonprofit Supporter.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audio books 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,