Kendall Young Library will celebrate Teen Read Week from Oct. 15 to 20 with a teen book give-away aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Any teen or preteen in grades six through 12 may come in and select a free book from the teen book give-away carts. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstore across the country will hold similar events centered on this year's theme, It Came from the Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it.
Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and to encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms, including books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more, and become regular library users. It is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, YALSA, a 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 Young Adult Librarian, Bonnie Korslund. "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."
"Many families have learned to make do with less as a result of the economy and have flocked to the library," Korslund said. "Teen Read Week is a great time to make sure teens and their families know about all the free services the library can offer them and to reach out to teens that aren't regular users and encourage them to come see what they can find here."
Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home, as well. Korslund offers these ideas:
Visit the 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.
Encourage your teen to attend Teen Board at Kendall Young Library on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m., to help select new teen books and plan teen activities at Kendall Young Library.
Teen Read Week is held annually during the third week of October. An updated list of sponsors and supporting organizations can be found at the website,