For immediate release | March 7, 2011

Encourage teens @ your library to vote for the 2012 Teen Tech Week™ theme

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 6-12. Teens can vote for the 2012 Teen Tech Week theme (and answer a short survey about their use of technology) at

Teens can choose from three potential themes: ESC @ your library, FYI @ your library and Geek Out @ 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 for the theme and take the survey beginning March 6. 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 2011 Teen Tech Week theme is Mix and Mash @ your library. Teen Tech Week 2011 Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics,, the Margaret A. Edwards Trust, and the Verizon Foundation. Nonprofit supporters are and the Federal Trade Commission. To learn more about Teen Tech Week, visit

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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Stephanie Kuenn