Teen Read Week – October 13 – 19, 2013

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Get ready for Teen Read Week. An awesome program brought to you by the American Library Association. The program was created by the Young Adult Library Services Associaton (YALSA) back in 1998 as an opportunity to bring young readers to books and libraries. Each year the program has a ‘theme’ and this year it is “Seek the Unknown @ Your Library”, with an emphasis on mystery, adventure, sci-fi/fantasy books.

More from the YALSA press release:

Teen Read Week is an 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’s theme is Read For The Fun Of It. Each year, YALSA offers a new sub-theme to serve as a basis for developing programs in schools, public libraries, and bookstores. The 2013 sub-theme is Seek the Unknown @ your library, which encourages teens to read for the fun of it. The event offers librarians and educators a chance to encourage teens to read for pleasure and to visit their libraries for free reading materials. If you have a recommendation for a theme for 2014, please send it to yalsa@ala.org.

Teen Read Week 2013 will be celebrated at thousands of public and school libraries, classrooms, and bookstores across the country. Although teens realize the importance of reading, they have a huge menu of activities to choose from when deciding how to spend their free time, and reading gets lost in the shuffle. Reading skills get rusty when they are not used. The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reports that over the last 20 years there have been only modest gains in reading achievement. And although there are many active literacy campaigns, very few efforts focus on teenagers.

For more information on how your or your library can participate in Teen Read Week please visit the YALSA website.