Here’s a great news story about a teen choosing to get active in her library and her community: Bellaire senior hopes to encourage more reading by teenagers in area.

For her Girl Scout Gold Award, Diana Batten is raising money and gathering book donations to update and make the teen area of her public library more appealing to teens. She’s doing many of the things that YA librarians try to do: attract community interest and involvement; gather assistance from teen volunteers in collection development and planning; and emphasizing the ideas that teen should read for fun and get involved in their local library (hey, that sounds familiar…)

I hope that this spotlight on teen reading and services at Bellaire Public Library inspires them and other libraries to keep the ball rolling – hire a teen services specialist, explore new collections such as graphic novels and games, maybe celebrate Teen Read Week!

And Ms. Batten’s ideas for fundraising and donations might be useful to some librarians thinking about using this year Teen Read Week theme: Get Active @ your Library to promote volunteering at the library. Here are some other ideas for library volunteer projects: Get Philanthropic @ your Library

It’s not too late to register for Teen Read Week™: Get Active @ your Library (October 15 – 21, 2006).

Simply go to http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2006/reg.htm and sign up. Registering for Teen Read Week lets YALSA know how many libraries are participating in this important week.

Once you’re signed up, get programming and display ideas at the TRW site: http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2006/programs.htm

And if you order TRW products before October 6, you will be guaranteed to have them in time for Teen Read Week! http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/teenreading/trw/trw2006/products.htm

I will be blogging about Teen Read Week all month long as libraries gear up to Get Active!