The Glen Ellyn Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 16-22, 2011) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Picture It!, which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including graphic novels, movies, books about photography, and more.
Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association.
“Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever—web videos, social networking sites, video games, afterschool activities, athletics —and increasingly high expectations in the classroom,” said Allison Harrell, GEPL Teen Librarian. “It’s important that we show them that reading is something that’s fun and relaxing that they can do for free. And that reading for fun can translate into better performance at school.”
In addition, Harrell hopes to show parents and other concerned community members what their library can offer by encouraging teens to reimagine the cover of their favorite book and see it on display in the library. Whether you’re a graphic designer, illustrator, mixed media artist or painter, GEPL would love to see how teens see their favorite book.
Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home, as well. GEPL offers these ideas:
- 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.
- Encourage your teen to join the library’s teen Facebook group to keep up with all of the free (and often pizza-filled) activities at the library.
- 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 Week is held annually during the third week of October. An updated sponsors and supporting organizations list can be found at the Web site, www.ala.org/teenread.