Sunday, October 13, 2013

It's Teen Read Week!

What does that mean? Here's the official description:

A national literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Teen Read Week was started in 1998. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage teens ages 12-18 to "read for the fun of it." Teen Read Week is celebrated the third full week in October every year.

What does it mean for you?

Encourage all the teenagers you know to read a book just for fun. Teens get bogged down with reading only for homework and forget that it can be a pleasurable experience. Remind them!

Read some teen fiction yourself! Young Adult fiction is the fastest growing segment of book publishing out there, and many adults enjoy reading it as much as the teens do. If you want a suggestion, you can look in our catalog: Look under "Have You Read?" for book lists (click on "Teen Booklists") or click on "New Library Items" to find "New Young Adult Books," which are the latest acquisitions for our teen bookshelves.

If your teen likes to read and likes to write, encourage him or her to participate in our annual writing contest! This year we are asking the teens to write fan fiction. Definition of FAN FICTION: When someone takes either the story or characters (or both) of a novel or series, and creates a story based on it. In other words, writing your OWN story, using someone else's characters. For more details, go to our website. The deadline is October 25.

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