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.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW15

Get Away @ your library Theme

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) encourages libraries to use the Get Away theme during Teen Read Week™, October 18 - 24, 2015, to spotlight all the great resources and activities available to help teens build literacy skills while reading for the fun of it. An annual celebration, this year’s theme encourages libraries to help teens escape from the day to day grind of school, homework, family responsibilities, part time jobs and so on by picking up something to read.  Interpret the theme in ways that highlight a variety of resources in your collection—fantasy novels, sci-fi, beach reads, travel books, tales of adventure and escape, and more!


Engage your Congressperson in #TRW15!

Posted by YALSA on September 29, 2015 at 3:34pm 0 Comments

From now until the end of the year, Congress is hard at work on a new education bill that would provide federal funding for schools. Your congressperson needs to hear from you to know that it’s vital to include school libraries in this new bill. Here is your chance to do something locally to initiate national change!

Since Teen Read Week 2015 is approaching, now is a great time to invite your members of Congress to visit your library or take a trip to visit their district office. Whether you are hosting an early kickoff to Teen Read Week or looking to expand your #TRW15 programs beyond the week, this opportunity gives congress members and library supporters to get involved. Congress is in recess during the week of Oct. 12th-16th, which makes it a great time to invite your congressperson to your library or visit their district office!

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Register for a free TRW Webinar: Reaching Out with TRW 2015: ID'ing and Serving the Teens in Your Community

Posted by YALSA on September 9, 2015 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

Register now for the upcoming free Teen Read Week webinar
"Reaching Out with TRW 2015: ID'ing and Serving the Teens in Your Community".
This 60-minute webinar will take place Tuesday, October 6 at 12pm Eastern / 11am Central / 9am Pacific. In addition to considering reasons why your library celebrates Teen Read Week and who you would like to reach with your events/programs, you will learn the following:

  • why collecting demographic data on your community's teens is important
  • how to go about gathering that data and assessing your teens' needs
  • how to use that data to more effectively provide services to teens in your community


[TRW 2015] TRW Décor and Display Ideas

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Janelle Odate on Saturday. 3 Replies

How are you decorating your library for Teen Read Week. Share your Pinterest Boards and ideas here.Continue

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[TRW 2015] Brainstorming Within and Without the Theme

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Gretchen Smither on Wednesday. 1 Reply

How might you promote teens to Read for the Fun of It? Share your active and passive programming ideas that does or does not inhabit the idea to Get Away @Your Library. Continue

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2015 Teen Read Week Program Grant Winners Forum

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Eden Grey Sep 24. 14 Replies

The space for Teen Read Week grant winners to discuss ideas, practices, and other topics involving their Teen Read Week programs.  Continue

Need Advice Hosting a Movie Screening?

Started by Maricar Laudato. Last reply by April Shroeder Sep 24. 1 Reply

Hello everyone!I work at a school library, and we want to host a "page-to-screen" after school movie screening in the library. However, we are concerned about movie licensing issues. We have been wanting to hold this type of event where students can…Continue

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Teen Pizza Night at Caldwell Public LIbrary

October 20, 2015 from 6:30pm to 7:30pm
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Join this site!

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

  • Opportunity to participate in the free TRW webinar, "Reaching Out with TRW 2015: ID'ing and Serving the Teens in Your Community ", on Tuesday, October 6 at 12 p.m. Eastern!
  • Win one of two sets of signed books from Merit Press
  • A low-res download of the 2015 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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Get Away @Your Library: Setting Goals to Reach Underserved Teens

With our youth patrons returning to school, now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your community’s demographics and set goals to “Get Away” and connect with those underserved populations. As you consider where to start, the first step may seem daunting, but tackle the unknown in a way that is most comfortable for you. We’ll Read More →

Get Away @ Your Library!

Get Away @ Your Library can mean a lot of different things to different people. When I think of it I think about why I read. One of the best things about reading is how it takes you to new and exciting places. Whether it is books about other cultures, time travel or historical events, Read More →

Develop Creative Programming for Teen Read Week

I’ll confess that there have been cycles in my ten years of teen services where my creativity to develop innovative library programs suddenly depletes itself. It takes time until I kick my own butt back into gear. I’m sure you’re familiar with this feeling that can result from the graduation of most of your teen Read More →




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