LIB 617 Research in Young Adult Literature Fall 2011 A Week to Promote Teen Reading?
What is Teen Read Week? Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It's aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Teen Read Week is held each year during the third week of October. In 2011, it will be celebrated Oct. 16-22. Teen Read Week 2011 FAQ
What is YALSA? Young Adult Library Services Association A division of the American Library Association (ALA) founded in 1930, YALSA has a membership of librarians responsible for evaluating and selectingbooks and nonprintmaterials for young adults (age 12 to 18) and for promoting and strengthening libraryservices for young adult readers. YALSA publishes the journalYoung Adult Library Services. Click here to connect to the YALSA homepage.
What is the theme? The main theme “Read For The Fun Of It” A sub-theme that changes each year The 2011 sub-theme is Picture It @ your library, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it. What is Teen Read Week?
Why is it important to celebrate? For a lot of reasons! Teens have so many options for entertainment, so it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: it's free, fun, and can be done anywhere! Research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce. Teen Read Week™ 2008
Classroom Activity Celebrate this year’s Teen Read Week by encouraging your middle or high school students to: join a book discussion group at their school or public library; read biographies of their favorite musicians, comedians, politicians, or sports figures; read books about a hobby that interests them; read books that approach a subject through humor; read what they want to read, just for the fun of it.
Realistic Ideas to Get Teens Reading Get Ready with a Library Makeover Take a cue from today’s makeover-loving kids and reinvent your library for Teen Read Week with these step-by-step tips: Appeal to Consumer-Savvy Teens create a good “customer service experience.” Put on a Fresh Web “Face.” Throw a Party! Pull out the usual stops — decorations, snacks, invitations — and add some twists. By Ginny Wiehardt Celebrating Teen Read Week
About the Teens’ Top Ten Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day during National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year.