Spotlight – Teen Read Week

Posted October 13, 2013 by Emz Chang in / 1 Comment

This week’s spotlight is… Teen Read Week.

WHAT IS TEEN READ WEEK?
“Teen Read Week™  is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.” – Teen Read Week

Basically what it is a week to promote and encourage reading among teens, in addition to trying to get them to visit their libraries more often. This year, Teen Read Week is October 13, 2013 to October 19, 2013. The theme for this year is “Seek the Unknown”. The purpose of the theme is for teens to “seek the unkown” in YA books, specifically through adventure, mystery, science fiction, and fantasy ones.

WHY IS TEEN READ WEEK IMPORTANT?
Teen Read Week is important because of it’s purpose. I’m a student in high school and you have no idea how many kids in my school claim to have a strong dislike for books and reading in general. I also know of kids who love to read but claim they don’t read often because they lack an “access” to good books. Those teens also happen to use their libraries to the extent they should. Teen Read Week is a program to try to get more teens to try reading and to try to get teens to get a better understanding on what their libraries can provide to them. After all, libraries aren’t just good for books…

IDEAS TO CELEBRATE TEEN READ WEEK
Some things you can do to celebrate Teen Read Week are…

  • “Seek the Unknown” through reading
  • Have a “Seek the Unkown” read-a-thon with some teens
  • Encourage teens to read at least one book
  • Spread the word about Teen Read Week and the pros of reading and the benefits of a library
  • Get a teen who “doesn’t like to read” to read a book
  • Recommend a book or two or many to picky teen readers
  • Get a teen to visit their local library
  • Get a teen to check out at least one book at their local library
  • Get a teen to participate in at least one program at their library
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON TEEN READ WEEK VISIT…
The official website for Teen Read Week at http://teenreadweek.ning.com/
What are you planning to do to celebrate Teen Read Week?
Emz Chang

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One response to “Spotlight – Teen Read Week

  1. I had forgotten about Teen Read Week until I saw your post!

    Your post is really informative and explains Teen Read Week very well.

    On my blog I have posted some fantasy, sci-fi, etc. reads that “seek the unknown”.

    I am really looking forward to seeing how everyone celebrates!