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Teen Read Week, October 9-15: Read for the FUN of it!

Robey Memorial Library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 9-15, 2016) with special events and programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “Read for the fun of it!”

This year, Teen Read Week also is a chance for libraries to highlight the services they provide for and with the 22% of the nation’s youth who speak a language other than English.  

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, e-books, 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. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers.  The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Moreover, according to Cate St. Clair, Director, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.  

Teen Read Week Program Highlights

Robey Memorial Library invites teens, parents and other concerned community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week.

  • Earn a fun prize or free book by participating in Teen Read Week Reading Bingo! Pick up your bingo card or print a copy from our website: http://www.waukon.lib.ia.us/teens/trw.
  • Teens interested in becoming a member of the Teen Advisory Board (TAB) can fill out a registration form available on our website or in the library. TAB meets once per month from September to May. Teen board members provide library staff with input for teen programming and displays; recommend materials for purchase; share information & address teen topics; volunteer; and read & review books.
  • Middle school teens are invited to participate in our 100 books before High School program encouraging independent reading & offering free book incentives.
  • High school teens are invited to participate in our new Read for a Lifetime program that runs from September through August. 

Details are available on our website or at RML: www.waukon.lib.ia.us or (563) 568-4424.
 
Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. Robey Memorial Library offers these ideas:

  • Set aside time each day 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 by visiting http://tinyurl.com/yalsabookawardslists, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
  • Host a book discussion group
  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
  • Listen to audiobooks on trips
  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
  • Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
  • Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week 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 in October, the same week as Columbus Day. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.