Teen Read Week is less than a month away! It isn’t too late to plan a great week of fun activities for the teens at your library. This year the TRW theme is It Came From the Library…Dare to Read for the Fun of It!‘  YALSA has created a Teen Read Week Ning that is full of information, ideas and events you can use in your library. You can also share your own ideas and let others know what you are planning through the Ning.’  YALSA has also created a TRW Pinterest board that includes hundreds of examples of activities to do with your teens throughout the week. ‘ 

The Teens’ Top Ten is a teen choice list and the top 10 titles will be announced during Teen Read Week 2012. Create a display for the 24 nominated titles and encourage your teens to read and select their own top ten. Here at my library, QR codes linking to book trailers are the “in” thing. More and more books have trailers created by the author or publishing house you can access via YouTube. The trailers that create the most excitement and traffic in my library are the student and teacher created ones using Animoto and iMovie. ‘ Create a QR code that will play the book trailer when scanned using a QR generator like i-Nigma and attach the QR code to the cover of the book.’  ‘ Hold a book trailer contest and let teens vote on their favorite trailers then announce the winners during Teen Read Week when the Teens’ Top Ten is revealed. Our winning book trailers will be placed via QR code onto bookmarks featuring the Teens’ Top Ten title to keep the excitement going all year long.

Amanda Kordeliski

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