It’s that time of year again. Teen Read Week™ is just around the corner. Celebrating its 10-year anniversary October 14-20, Teen Read Week™ provides us with a wonderful opportunity to spend a week of our time devoted to and celebrating teen reading.

For those new to YALSA, Teen Read Week™ is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians and educators. Since 1998, this important program has encouraged teens to:

  • Make time to read for the fun of it
  • Use their local library to discover their interests
  • Get reading materials and participate in events at their school or public library

This year’s theme, LOL @ your library®, suggests humor as we “Laugh Out Loud” and reminds us that teens love to communicate through the Internet.

Want to get involved with Teen Read Week™? It’s not too late. The Teen Read Week™ website is a great place to start with a range of planning suggestions, tools and promotional information. If this is your first time participating, check out the page for first-timers. Join us at the Teen Read Week™ Wiki for even more ideas and to share your thoughts.

Watch the YALSA blog in the next few weeks for tips and inspiration on planning a fun and successful Teen Read Week™ for the teens at your library. Until then, happy planning!

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