Catherine Boddie

Geek is the New Chic: Engaging Teens in Libraries with Technology

  •  Are you looking for ways to engage teens in your library using technology?
  • Is your staff intimidated by both teens and technology?
  • Have you hosted successful technology programs for teens at your library?

As a follow-up to Teen Tech Week, join this interactive CSL In Session to discuss your successes and failures, hear about initiatives from other libraries, talk about ways to extend lessons learned during Teen Tech Week into Summer Reading and beyond, and learn how to get creative with securing funding for these initiatives.


Webinar Chat Transcripts

Funding Sources

  • Scholastic has a large list of possible grants on their website.
  • The Colorado State Library has information on their website about grant funding through the Colorado Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA):  Check out their website for more funding ideas and resources.
  • The Best Buy Foundation will donate up to $2 million in Community Grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st century technology skills that will inspire future education and career choices.
  • The Programming Librarian has a great list of library awards and grants listed by deadline.
  • The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has a searchable database of available grants.
  • YALSA has compiled a useful wiki with information about awards and grants for teens

Other Resources

Garfield County Public Library District You Tube Videos

  • Astrojax Club – Astrojax Club is an 8-week program where teens sign-up to learn about Astrojax culture and how to perform Astrojax tricks.
  • Light Up the Night – Teens dancing to Barbara Streisand and other music!


About Catherine Boddie

Catherine Boddie spent her formative years in a tiny town in Southeast Texas but finally found home when she came to Colorado to study all things library at the University of Denver. She currently works as a Teen Services Librarian for the Arapahoe Library District. She is a confirmed geek and nerdfighter, teen advocate, avid YA reader, hiker and nature lover, anglophile, and more.

Stephen Tafoya is a Technology Trainer for the Garfield County Public Library District and also develops programming for children and teens. A former teenager himself, Stephen often finds himself in goofy situations and ridiculous conversations, which contributes to his ability to build meaningful relationships with teens. When he is not working in libraries, you will find him procrastinating on his current novel or blogging for, often paired with a cup of coffee and a goofy smile.