Real! @ Your Library During National Teen Read Week
American Library Association
know the library is a place to go for help with homework and school
projects, but the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
and thousands of libraries across the country are encouraging teens
to think of the library as a great place for their leisure time,
too. During Teen Read Week, October 16-22, YALSA encourages teens
to visit their local school or public library to check out great
books, CDs, DVDs or to log on to the Internet.
know that teens are short on free time," said YALSA President
Pam Spencer Holley. "So we want to be sure that parents and
teens know that it's important to use some of that precious free
time for reading. With more than 5,000 new children's and young
adult books published every year, the local library has something
for every age and every taste."
nearly three out of four youth ages 8 to 18 years old report that
they read for pleasure in a typical day, the number is declining.
to the National Center for Education Statistics, the number of 17-year-olds
who report never or hardly ever reading for fun rose from 9 percent
in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004.
its inception in 1998, Teen Read Week has focused on the importance
of teen recreational reading. Teen Read Week's objectives are to
give teens an opportunity to read for the fun of it, allow teens
to select their own reading materials, and to help teens get in
the habit of reading regularly and often. This year's theme, chosen
by teens, is "Get Real! @ your library," and focuses on
teens' love of nonfiction - from inspirational autobiographies to
number of librarians and educators registered to celebrate Teen
Read Week has more than tripled over last year, surpassing 4,800.
Rey Mysterio, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) SmackDown!(Superstar
and Teen Read Week spokesperson, will headline YALSA's Teen Read
Week Celebration in conjunction with the Glendale (Calif.) Public
Library, along with local teens and "The Brimstone Journals"
author Ron Koertge.
helps me be more creative, it helps my imagination and I like the
fact that it gives me some quiet time," Mysterio said. Some
of his favorite books are the Bible, "Harry Potter" and
"The Cat in the Hat."
the opposite coast, the Harford County (Md.) Public Library will
celebrate with a teen poetry slam and discussion of graphic novels
ranging from "Death: The High Price of Living" by Neil
Gaiman to "One Hundred Demons" by Lynda Barry. Teens at
the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library will decorate their own pair of
traveling pants while talking about the book and movie "The
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants." Teens also can vote for
their favorite books during Teen Read Week by logging online and
checking out recommendations from the Teens Top Ten: www.ala.org/teenstopten.
is not in the young adult librarians' vocabulary," Holley said.
"Libraries around the country are developing innovative programs
and spaces to engage and better serve library users of all ages,
often with teen advisory groups as our partners in change and growth."
the fastest growing division of the American Library Association
(ALA), is the world leader in evaluating, selecting and recommending
books, audiobooks and DVDs for teens via its annual selected lists,
three literary awards, web site and publications. Recommended reading,
listening and viewing for teens can be found on YALSA's Web site
Read Week sponsors include: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers;
New Line Cinema, Harcourt Trade Publishers, Kids Can Press, Lerner
Publishing Group, Scholastic, Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing,
Holtsbrinck Publishers, Hyperion Books for Children, Marshall Cavendish,
Orca Book Publishers, Teenreads.com, WWE and Pam Spencer Holley.
more information on Teen Read Week, please visit www.ala.org/teenread.
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