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).

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2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee Book Trailers!

Posted by YALSA on July 10, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Excited to get voting next month? Check out these awesome book trailers created for each 25 nominees by the Teens' Top Ten Committee!

How Library Programs Benefit Teens Fact Sheet

Posted by YALSA on June 30, 2014 at 10:50am 0 Comments

Download and share this two page fact sheet about how library programs benefit teens, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services with your supervisor, co-workers, community partners and more.

Teen Read Week Webinar, June 10 2PM ET:Career & College Readiness Programs for Libraries

Posted by YALSA on June 5, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

Using her experiences at the Santa Ana Public Library in California, Cheryl Eberly discussed ways in which libraries can leverage their Teen Read Week programs to promote college and career readiness resources and programs to teen patrons.

Missed out on the webinar? Join the website to get access to the recording and slides!

Access to the recording and slides can be found on the "Webinar" page under the Planning tab.

Teen Blogging Contest

Posted by YALSA on May 27, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Does your teen like writing and ya lit? Have them apply for our Teen Blogging Contest!

Teens aged 12-18 are welcome to apply for a chance to blog for our ya lit blog, The Hub, during Teen Read Week!

Apply by August 1, 2014.

For more info, visit the Teen Blogging Contest page under the Teen Corner tab.

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Turn your Dreams into Reality Hands-on Programs

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Turn your Dreams into Reality Passive Programs

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[Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space

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Turn your Dreams into Reality Contests

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YALSA knows about all the great stuff you do through your library to help teens succeed in school and prepare for careers, but does your Congressperson? We have some great, free resources to help you showcase your library to your Congressperson on our wiki http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/District_Days. We need you to #actforteens!

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Voting for the 2014 Teens' Top Ten starts August 15! In the meantime, watch this book trailer for nominee, Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson and let us know how you liked the book! http://youtu.be/wOqu_9hCET0

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson is a 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee. Find more information on Teens' Top Ten at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens

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TODAY is the last day to apply for the Teen Read Week Blogging Contest! Teens aged 12-18 are welcome to apply for a chance to be a guest blogger on YALSA's Ya Lit blog, The Hub! http://teenreadweek.ning.com/page/teen-blogging-contest

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"The teens will be receiving a free copy of Ghost Tales: Poltergeists, Haunted Houses, and Messages from Beyond by Billy Roberts.  This is a book of short stories. After William Pack's presentation of The Unique, Spooky,…"
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""The Haunting" The Friday evening event will begin with The Unique, Spooky, Scary, Supernatural Show performed by William Pack. Pack uses special effects to bring the haunting stories he will tell to life. This is an interactive…"
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Read, download, and request hard copies of our report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action" and see how you can help libraries and teens. http://www.ala.org/yaforum/future-library-services-and-teens-project-report

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This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales is a nominee of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten! If you haven't already, check out this book trailer and tell us your thoughts about the book! http://youtu.be/g-_yfYa0Cno

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This Song Will Save Your Life is a 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee. Find more information on Teens' Top Ten at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens

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Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell is a nominee of the 2014 Teens' Top Ten! Check out the book trailer for it below and let us know how you liked the book if you've read it already! http://youtu.be/IicYOZyKqxw

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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell is a 2014 Teens' Top Ten Nominee. Find more information on Teens' Top Ten at www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens

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Sarah Owen replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Hi everyone! My name is Sarah Owen I am from Coffeyville KS. I am the program director and young adult librarian at the public library and I am working on my MLS. We have a small program but until I was hired a year ago there was a LOT of turnover…"
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Kayla Kuni replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Yeah, my teens gave me that look when I recommended us having a water table at a local 5K; they would have had to have been at the table (awake, clothed, fed, and smiling) by 5:30 AM. That did not go over well. I have about 10 teens involved right…"
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Heather Stewart replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Hi Kayla! Congrats on your degree. I earned mine May 2013 so I remember the excitement!! How many teens do you have working on the play? It's great that you have teens will to be outspoken, perform in front of and audience and read their…"
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Kayla Kuni replied to YALSA's discussion [Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space
"Hi there! My name is Kayla Kuni and I am a library assistant at the New Port Richey Public Library. I will have my Master's in Library and Information Science from the University of South Florida on August 9th, so I am pretty pumped about that!…"
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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

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 … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading

TRW 2013: Dollar General Literacy Foundation Spotlight on Deena Viviani

Continuing with our Teen Read Week grant recipient interview series, I chatted with Deena Viviani. Deena is the Young Adult, Programming, and Circulation Services Manager at Brighton Memorial Library in Rochester, New York. Deena’s winning proposal centers around the Fourth … Continue reading

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