Read Beyond Reality @ your library for Teen Read Week!

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Teen Read Week starts on Oct. 18! Get ready to celebrate at your library from Oct. 18-24. Teen Read Week is an annual event sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association  during the third week of October each year. The 2009 theme is Read Beyond Reality @ your library, so libraries across the United States will do something special to encouraging teens to read something out of this world — like sci-fi, fantasy, or virtual reality — just for the fun of it.

Teens have a wide variety of options for entertainment: video games, chatting online with friends, spending time on social networking sites, watching movies on their iPod, or just hanging out. But it’s important to remember that reading is a fun, free way to be entertained!

Teen Read Week is also the official kickoff for the WrestleMania Reading Challenge. More than 1,600 libraries in the U.S. and Canada signed up to participate in this year’s challenge — teens and tweens in grades 5–12 could win a trip to WrestleMania XXVI in Phoenix and their sponsoring library could win $2,000.

How can you get involved in Teen Read Week? YALSA offers following tips:

Talk to your librarian! Whether you’re a parent or a teen, the best place to start is at your library. Ask your librarian what he or she plans to do for Teen Read Week this year and mark it on your calendar. Volunteer to help at your library’s event.

Volunteer! If your school or public library doesn’t have anything planned, ask how you can get involved and help the library celebrate. Teens and parents can volunteer to start a book club or help the library form a teen advisory group. There are plenty of ways for teens to get involved at the library, and Teen Read Week is an excellent reason to start volunteering.

Watch the Teens’ Top Ten! Fifteen teen book groups across the United States choose 25 nominees each year for the Teens’ Top Ten, a booklist chosen entirely by teens! Voting for the final list took place in August and September, and a video — hosted by Brie Bella and Nikki Bella, World Wrestling Entertainment Divas — will announce this year’s winners on Oct. 19! The video will also include the reaction for the winning author. Tune in to on Oct. 19 to see who won.

Go to the library! This is a good week to plan a family outing to the library. It’s important that teens have safe, regular access to libraries — whether it means a school library stays open during study period or a little later than the final bell or that parents make sure their teens have transportation to the public library in their city or town. Plan a group outing and pick up a good book!.

Be creative! Have a favorite YA book? Make a book trailer! Book trailers are short videos about a book, similar to movie trailers. Teens can talk to their librarian about making a promotional video featuring all the great reading material — including books, magazines, graphic novels and more — that other teens can find inside. Post the videos to YouTube or Blip.TV (make sure you have parental permission if anyone under 18 appears in the video) during Teen Read Week, or see if the library’s website can feature them in any way.

Read! But the most important way you can celebrate Teen Read Week? By reading! YALSA offers plenty of resources to find good stuff to read (and remember — reading includes audiobooks, graphic novels, comic books, and more). Check out YALSA’s Awards and Booklists page to find the right one for you!