About Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. 

The 2016 event will be held Oct. 9 - 15th, featuring a multi-lingual "Read for the fun of it!" theme. Library staff and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to highlight all of the resources and services available to the 22% of the nation's youth who speak a language other than English at home.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW16.


2016 Teens' Top Ten Titles Announced!

Posted by YALSA on October 17, 2016 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

A list featuring the winning titles can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten page.

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the public nomination form. Book title nominations submitted in the current year will be used for consideration of the following year’s list of nominees. For books to be eligible for consideration, they must be published between January 1– December 31, 2016.

Win a Makey Makey Go or Classic Kit!

Posted by YALSA on October 4, 2016 at 12:51pm 0 Comments

Got a great Teen Read Week program idea or need some advice on programming? Submit it to our Teen Programming HQ site by Oct. 15 for a chance to win 1 of 28 Makey Makey kits! Winners will be selected at random.

Visit the Teen Programming HQ site today!


[TRW 2016] Passive Program Ideas

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Misty Boyle Oct 6. 5 Replies

Share your Teen Read Week themed passive program ideas here.Continue

Teen Read Week Programs

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Jaime Ann Sanborn Oct 4. 4 Replies

What new Teen Read Week program ideas do you have around engaging diverse teens? Share them with us here!Continue

[Grantees] 2016 Teen Read Week Grantees

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Guadalupe Gomez Sep 10. 10 Replies

This space is for the TRW grantees to share info and updates about their programs.Continue

Tags: grantees, grant, trw

intergenerational book group

Started by Robin McKean. Last reply by Gail Strickland May 31. 2 Replies

Our branch is interested in starting an intergenerational reading group because we are near a high school and a senior apartment complex. Does any one have some good title suggestions to get us started?Continue

Tags: intergenerational, group, reading

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Join this site!

Join this Teen Read Week website for great resources and opportunities such as:

  • Opportunity to attend a free TRW 2016 webinar on Tuesday, May 3 at 2pm Eastern!
  • A low-res download of the 2016 TRW themed logo (found under the planning tab - must be signed into account)
  • Free access to archived TRW related webinars
  • Alerts about grant opportunities
  • More perks to come so be sure to register and check back for updates!

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Teen Read Week on the YALSA Blog

Reaching Teens through Passive Programs

Do you have trouble getting teens into your interactive programs for your teens during Teen Read Week? Are you still trying to understand your teen demographic? Teens are busy students, especially during their final high school years, but they can certainly still participate in other planned activities on their own … Continue reading

Do You Speak Game?

At the White Oak Library District, I helped work on my library’s district wide strategic plan. The one place I knew we were failing our patrons was with families who were learning English as a second language. We always talk about ways to better serve our patrons in this aspect … Continue reading

Rural Virginia Celebrates Teen Read Week 2016

My school librarian and I are still kicking around a ideas for our school’s Teen Read Week celebration October 9 – 15. This year’s “Read for the Fun of It” theme focuses on multilingual youth. In our rural corner of the world, where only three students are English language learners, … Continue reading





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