A Week to Promote Teen Reading? LIB 617 Research in Young Adult Literature Fall 2008
What is Teen Read Week?
Teen Read Week TM
is an initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October.
Teen Read Week FAQ
What is YALSA?
The Young Adult Library Services Association
A division of the American Library Association (ALA) founded in 1930, YALSA has a membership of librarian s responsible for evaluating and selecting book s and nonprint materials for young adult s (age 12 to 18) and for promoting and strengthening library services for young adult reader s. YALSA publishes the journal Young 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
This year’s sub-theme is "Books with Bite @ your library®," promoting a variety of books—from vampire stories to cooking to technology (byte)—as a tool for getting young adults to read. 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
A TRW Video
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.