by Steve Zalusky
Libraries open the world of reading to teens by encouraging them to use wide array of reading materials available for free at their local library – books, magazines, audiobooks and ebooks.
Reading can be a fun and relaxing activity, but it is an important skill that will lead to better performance in school and leave teens better prepared to face career challenges.
Each year, libraries celebrate Teen Read Week, an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA) and generously supported in part by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. It began in 1998 and is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.
This year, Teen Read Week will be celebrated from Oct. 7-13 with the theme “It’s Written in the Stars...READ.” It is a time when library staff, afterschool providers and educators encourage teens to think and read outside of the box, as well as seek out fantasy, science fiction and other out-of-the world reads.
The Dollar General Literacy Foundation is participating by awarding 10 libraries a $1,000 grant to help fund their literacy-focused Teen Read Week activities, which will help support innovative reading or literacies programs for and with the teens in their community.
During Teen Read Week, you can vote for YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten books of 2018. The Top Ten titles will be announced the week of Oct. 15.
Official Teen Read Week products are available for purchase through the ALA Store. Products include a themed poster, bookmarks, manual, and more. To learn more about Teen Read Week, please visit the official Teen Read Week website.
You can also follow Teen Read Week activities with the hashtag #TRW18!