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 6 hours ago. 55 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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Rachel Sweany replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Teens also made these dream boards at another program. This is a way for teens to visualize what they want to achieve. We used cork boards so that can add to and change out goals as needed. This was really fun and I think we would do something…"
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Rachel Sweany replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Hi, all! Just wanted to share pictures of some of our teens making "I Am" Portraits. Here the teens made collages of what's awesome about themselves! We came up with this idea because of the book, Wonder. We also realized that…"
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Stephanie Hutchins is now a member of Teen Read Week
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Teen Read Week - Comparing books to movies.
Nov 21
Rachel Sweany replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Here are photosof a book discussion we had during Teen Read Week. The crowd was younger than usual because fifth graders were reading the book (Wonder) at school. It was a great time!"
Nov 14
Rachel Sweany replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Here is one more video we made! I'll share some photos with you later too!"
Nov 7
Profile IconLaurie Scioneaux and Nadia YQuiroz Colby joined Teen Read Week
Nov 6
Alyssa Newton replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"The Onondaga Free Library had a wonderful turnout for the “Career Human Library” program hosted during Teen Read Week! Thanks to our partnership with two local school districts we had many new faces attend our event. In addition, we were…"
Oct 30
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…"
Oct 29
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. "
Oct 28
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…"
Oct 28
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…"
Oct 27
Nadia YQuiroz Colby shared YALSA's page on Facebook
Oct 24
Nadia YQuiroz Colby liked YALSA's page Teen Read Week Manual
Oct 24
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
Oct 24
Anna Lam is now a member of Teen Read Week
Oct 24

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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Teen Read Week on the YALSA Blog

Learning from Teens: Thoughts for Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week is coming up October 12-18, and libraries are encouraged to use the theme “Turn Dreams into Reality” to share our knowledge, resources, services, and collections with teens in an effort to promote reading for fun. As professionals working with teens in the library, each of us curates our own personal collection—in folders Read More →

TRW 2013: Dollar General Literacy Foundation Spotlight on Patricia VanArsdale

Today we wrap up our Teen Read Week posts with our final Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant Recipient, Patricia VanArsdale. Patricia is Teen Services Librarian at Hussey-Mayfield Memorial Public Library in Zionsville, Indiana. Isn't it a beautiful library? Keep reading to see how Patricia involves the teens in her library and what she did for Read More →

TRW 2013: Dollar General Literacy Foundation, Molly Wetta

Molly Wetta and Karen Allen of Lawrence Public Library are the innovative minds behind one of the Dollar General Literacy Foundation grant winning projects. Their Choose-Your-Own-Apocalypse scavenger hunt styled program kick starts their Teen Read Week celebration with a real life version of an alternative reality game whereby participants must “Seek the Unknown” throughout the Read More →





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