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 during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library Theme

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages libraries to use the Turn Dreams into Reality theme during Teen Read Week™, October 12-18, 2014, to spotlight all the great resources and activities they provide to inspire teens to succeed in school and beyond. An annual celebration of reading for fun, this year’s theme can be used to highlight a variety of resources in your collection—inspirational stories, career resources, how-to books and more! Use these materials to increase awareness of the great resources and services libraries have to offer teens and their families and to promote the importance of pleasure reading in all its forms (books, magazines, newspapers, e-books, audiobooks, & more).


2014 Teens' Top Ten titles announced!

Posted by YALSA on October 20, 2014 at 1:18pm 0 Comments

Learn more about the Teens' Top Ten here.

Teen blog posts on YA Lit all month long on YALSA's YA Lit Blog, The Hub!

Posted by YALSA on October 3, 2014 at 9:30am 1 Comment

Throughout all of October, YALSA's YA Lit blog, The Hub, is featuring blog posts from our teen guest bloggers from our Teen Read Week Teen Blogging Contest.

Topics range from How to Get over a Fictional Death to The Beauty of Short Stories, and more so be sure to check out The Hub every day in October to see the blog posts by our lovely teen bloggers!

Twitter Chat -- September 29, 2014 2PM-3PM EST

Posted by YALSA on September 15, 2014 at 3:41pm 0 Comments

Join us for a Twitter chat and share with us your ideas, pictures, and advice on Teen Read Week Displays/Decorations on Monday, September 29 from 2-3PM EST!

To participate in the twitter chat, remember to use the hashtag #trw14! To easily follow and track the discussion, use Tweetchat! Can’t make it to the twitter chat? No problem! Interested participants are encouraged to join in on the discussion anytime during that day on the Teen Read Week discussion forums! The discussion topic will be titled “2014 TRW Display/Decorating…



[Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Rachel Sweany 23 hours ago. 50 Replies

This space is intended for the use of the grantees of the 2014 Teen Read Week activity grant.Continue

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Turn your Dreams into Reality Hands-on Programs

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Kayla Kuni Oct 21. 12 Replies

Please share your themed hands on programs here!Continue

[Discussion] 2014 TRW Display/Decorating Ideas

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Heather Stewart Oct 17. 6 Replies

Please share with us what you've done to decorate your library or school in preparation for Teen Read Week 2014.Pictures are welcome!Continue

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Turn your Dreams into Reality Contests

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Jennifer Blair Oct 10. 4 Replies

Please share your contest ideas related to the theme here!Continue

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Have you checked out the latest post by one of our teen bloggers yet? Today's is titled "The Best Books for Non-Readers". Check it out! http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2014/10/29/the-best-books-for-non-readers/

The Best Books for Non-Readers | The Hub


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Have you checked out the official titles of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten yet? Check out the video below! http://youtu.be/nykmNiyF5yw

Official 2014 Teens' Top Ten

Actress Willow Shields announces the official titles of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten! www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens

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Rachel Sweany replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Here is a link to a video we made about choosing to be kind. It's related to one of the precepts in Wonder. Wonder was our One Book, One Community selection this year, so we did our discussion during Teen Read Week. We ended up getting a…"
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Ellen M. Dodsworth replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Here are some of my students working on our blog for "Books to the Big Screen" program. "
Natasha Payne-Brunson replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"I've been meaning to post the article that was written up about us for Teen Read Week, but been so busy! Now that things has wind down and I just returned from presenting at the Virginia Library Association conference, I can talk. Here is an…"
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Need recommended reading for teens? Find great recommended reading for teens with our Teen Book Finder app for android and iOS! http://bit.ly/1r172A1 (android) http://bit.ly/S8Wi6Z (iOS)

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Find the best books and media for teens, as selected by library staff and educators across the United States! The Teen Book Finder, generously funded by a grant from t...

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Kayla Kuni replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"http://suncoastnews.com/su/list/news-pasco/teens-bring-stories-to-life-in-library-mash-up-play-20141025/ This was the article we got in the local paper. It wasn't a huge article. I mentioned the grant and YALSA and Dollar General numerous…"
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The applications for our 2015 Summer Reading Resources and Teen Intern Program grants are open! Each grant is worth $1000 and twenty of each will be awarded! Apply by Jan 1, 2015. http://bit.ly/1bxbC33

2015 Summer Reading Grants


Courtesy of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will be giving out two types of grants.The applications for the grants typically open in mid-Septemb…

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Looking for the best of the best recommended reading for teens? Get our Reads 4 Teens digital download! It includes 37 pamphlets & 8 bookmarks! http://bit.ly/1tib9dr

YALSA's 2014 Reads 4 Teens Recommended Reading for Teen Patrons—digital download - Award...


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Want a fun literacy related resource for teens? Check out our Teens' Top Ten tumblr page for fun images, gifs, and more! http://yalsa-ttt.tumblr.com/

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Bobbie Matheney posted an event

Bobbie Matheney at Bolivar County Library

October 16, 2014 from 4pm to 5pm
Teen Read Week 2014 In celebration of TRW, the Teen Advisory group hosted a Letters About Literature Reading and Writing Competition Party.  This event was to inform any participants of the rules and guidelines to enter the competition. Ava Lubin welcomed everyone to the event and Mrs. Bobbie presented a creative writing activity for the teens. The teens wrote a short story based on a title that was created by them at the program.  It was called The House on Spook Street.  Each teen took turns…See More
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Why are libraries important for teens? Watch this video and read our report on The Future of Libraries Services for and with Teens to find out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQhDuShczzc http://www.ala.org/yaforum/future-library-services-and-teens-project-report

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Heather Stewart replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"I wish I would have thought to record my program. Thanks for sharing. My teens fight me on taking their pictures"
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Rachel Sweany replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Here is a video of some of our teens at an event earlier this week where they made dream boards. I'll have a few more videos to share with you later!"
Oct 23

Join this site!

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

  • A low-res download of the 2014 TRW themed logo (found under the planning tab - must be signed into account)
  • Free access to a webinar about leveraging TRW to promote career & college readiness with your teen patrons. The recording can be found on the Webinar page under the Planning tab. (Must be signed in to view)
  • Alerts about grant opportunities
  • More perks to come so be sure to register and check back for updates!

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