Spend Teen Tech Week making positive change with digital books


CLEVELAND — March 2, 2017 — During “Teen Tech Week” March 5-11, libraries showcase the digital resources and services available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college and 21st century careers. The 2017 Teen Tech Week theme, “Be the Source of Change,” encourages teens to take advantage of digital resources to make a positive change in their life and community. OverDrive Education, leading provider of eBooks and audiobooks for schools, understands the drive to do good with technology. Based on feedback from librarians, starred reviews and popularity rank in schools, OverDrive has compiled the titles teens need to research, design and make with tech.

According to a 2015 study from the family technology education non-profit group, Common Sense Media, teens spend more than one-third of their days using media such as online video or music — nearly nine hours on average. Best to use that time for good. Teens can learn how to make an app to address a social problem, like the 2016 anti-bullying app SitWithUs, which made middle and high school cafeterias more welcoming.

OverDrive’s Teens in Tech collection includes titles on coding platforms like PythonScratch and Ruby, and best of Minecraft, LEGO, and digital media like podcasting, YouTubing and app design. Titles from this list include:

  • Steampunk Lego, Guy Himber
  • Hacks for Minecrafters, Megan Miller
  • Coding Games in Scratch, Jon Woodcock

Girls will find inspiration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in this STEM Books for Girls collection. Biographies on Sally Ride, Amelia Earhart and Rachel Carson are highlighted as well as non-fiction titles featuring Women in Medicine, Engineering, Chemistry, Space and more. Titles from this list include:

  • Hidden Figures Young Readers’ Edition, Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Trailblazers: 33 Women in Science Who Changed the World, Rachel Swaby
  • Rad Women Worldwide, Kate Schatz

Technology isn’t just computers, code and circuits. Making in Every Medium highlights eBooks and audiobooks in multi-tech maker inspiration. Teens can explore everything from biodiesel to baking. The collection also features titles on metalwork, textiles and the magical properties of duct tape, such as:

  • Make: 3D Printing, Anna Kaziunas France
  • Sir John Hargrave’s Mischief Maker’s Manual, John Hargrave
  • Duct Tape, Forest Walker Davis

OverDrive offers millions of eBook and audiobook titles for schools and libraries from more than 5,000 publishers. For more information about OverDrive Education, visit www.overdrive.com/schools.


About OverDrive Education – a division of OverDrive
OverDrive Education is the leading global digital reading platform for K-12, offering the industry’s largest catalog of eBooks, audiobooks and streaming video. As a 100% digital company serving 36,000 libraries and schools worldwide, OverDrive combines technology with content to support learning and reading in the classroom, library and home. With an easy-to-use central platform, students get the right titles at the right time, online or offline, on all major devices, including iOS®, Android™, Chromebook™ and Kindle® (U.S. only). Founded in 1986, OverDrive and OverDrive Education are based in Cleveland, Ohio USA.

David Burleigh,
Director of Marketing & Communications
216-573-6886 ext. 218