Each year, libraries across the United States invite teens to a locally hosted lock-in on the same night during August for online visits with well-known authors, fun contests, popular crafts, and multi-player games. While each event is sponsored by the participating library, librarians share ideas and expertise to coordinate events that bring teens together across time zones and geographic boundaries.
The 2015 National Teen Library Lock-in will be held Friday, July 31st!
DEADLINE to sign up is July 1.
Last year, South Carolina had more locations participate than any other state! The South Carolina State Library has some wonderful goodies to send to participating South Carolina public libraries. Please use the wiki to sign up and pick activities to participate in. In order to sign up you must first request access to the wiki: https://sites.google.com/site/2015teenlibrarylockin/
The National Teen Library Lock-In idea grew out of an event coordinated by Jennifer Lawson of the San Diego County Library with several other California libraries in 2011 and has become a popular celebration that connects teens and librarians across the country. In 2013, more than thirty-five libraries connected through the National Teen Library Lock-in. In 2014, the National Teen Lock-in grew to 80 libraries.
Each library, large or small, urban or rural, organizes their own activities (and times), and then librarians use digital tools to connect teens with each other and with popular YA authors. Some library events last several hours and others last all night.
For more information, please contact Pamela Hoppock, Youth Services Consultant, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-734-8646.