One of the highlights of working in the YALSA office is I get to see all of the amazing ways people celebrate and promote Teen Read Week. One popular promotional tool I’ve seen this year is the Teen Read Week trailer. Here are two great examples: one featuring teens at the Kendall Young Library in Webster City, Iowa (thanks to librarian Bonnie Korslund for sharing!), and the other from the Readergirlz, for their Night Bites chat series, in which they’re sponsoring live chats with YA authors each night of Teen Read Week.

If you’re interested in creating your own trailer, go for it! Just make sure to tag it “yalsa” and “trw08” when you put it up on YouTube.

First up, we have one produced by the teens at Kendall Young Library:

Next, the Readergirlz created a trailer for Night Bites, their live chat series in honor of Teen Read Week. Each night from 6-9 p.m. PST, several YA authors will participate in live chats on the Readergirlz MySpace forum. Each night has a different theme: Multicultural, Verse, Contemporary, Fantasy, and Gothic.

Have you created a trailer for Teen Read Week in your community? Visit YALSA’s Teen Read Week wiki and provide a link to it, or leave a link in the comments here.

About Stephanie Kuenn

Stephanie Kuenn is the communications specialist for YALSA, where she is responsible for YALSA's web content, publications, and media relations. She is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and holds an M.S. from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She enjoys baking, watching sports, and reading. Her favorite book is "All the King's Men" by Robert Penn Warren.

5 Thoughts on “Promoting Teen Read Week through Video

  1. Thank you, Stephanie! I’m so excited you liked the trailer. That’s my friend, Kathryn Zmrzlik, who posed with the apple, and Universal Hall Pass provided the music. Hope to see you at our Night Bites chats!

  2. I love the readergirlz Night Bites trailer and can’t wait for the events!

  3. We love Teen Read Week, Stephanie! So psyched for rgz Night Bites! Everyone is welcome!

  4. Martha on October 9, 2008 at 6:18 am said:

    Loved the video. Whose version of Ring of Fire is that? Wow.

  5. Sometimes it’s really that simple, isn’t it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

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