Teen Read Week, October 2013
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October 10, 2013
Teen Read Week
October 13-19, 2013
Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms - books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks, and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.
In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. As many have learned unsurprisingly, the library is a great place to start. Teen Read WeekTM is a great opportunity to educate teens and their families about all of the free services the library can offer while also encouraging teens to explore all of the different resources and services it provides.
Strong reading skills are more critical than ever because it can translate into better performance at school. This is why it is important to show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.
Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read WeekTM at home, as well. We recommend:
- Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check-out books.
- Set aside time each night for the family to read.
- Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
- Share your favorite book with your teen.
- Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.
- Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.
Teen Read WeekTM is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.