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.

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!

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2015 Teen Read Week™ Announced!

Posted by YALSA on January 16, 2015 at 10:46am 0 Comments

The theme for this year's Teen Read Week is "Get Away @ your library" and will take place October 18-24.

Check back this spring for updated artwork, resources, and more!

Vote for the 2015 Teen Read Week™ Theme!

Posted by YALSA on January 6, 2015 at 3:30pm 0 Comments

Help us choose the next Teen Read Week theme by voting for your favorite out of the four choices provided in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VK87KVH

The survey is now closed. Thanks for voting and stay tuned for the announcement & updated website this spring!

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.

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[Grantees] 2014 Teen Read Week Grantee Space

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Rachel Sweany Nov 28, 2014. 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

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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, 2014. 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

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

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Have you downloaded our Teen Book Finder app yet? It's available for android and iOS! Get it today to find great recommended reading for teens! http://bit.ly/1sGxSy4 (android) http://bit.ly/S8Wi6Z (iOS)

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New or unfamiliar to teen services? Get our new publication, Teen Services 101: A Practical Guide for Busy Library Staff, (e-book version also available) for practical tips and instructions on how to build core teen services into the overall library program! http://www.alastore.ala.org/detail.aspx?ID=11341

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Why are libraries important for teens? Read and download our free report, "The Future of Library Services for and with Teens: A Call to Action" and see how you can help libraries and teens. www.ala.org/yaforum/future-library-services-and-teens-project-report

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The preliminary schedule for our 2015 Young Adult Services Symposium is now available. The symposium takes place in Portland, Oregon, November 6-8, 2015. Check it out and learn more here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium & sign up for updates via this form: http://svy.mk/1vt0D8k

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Congratulations to Lorain High School, the recipient of YALSA's 2015 Great Books Giveaway Competition! Learn about all of YALSA's Grants and Awards for members online at: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/awardsandgrants/yalsaawardsgrants

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Whether you're in a rush or have some time to spare, YALSA has educational resources to fit your schedule and budget. Take a webinar or online course, or have YALSA come to YOU with one of our institutes! We all learn differently, and that's great! http://bit.ly/1xdf5C3 (image courtesy of Sacha Chua, cc license http://bit.ly/1ryPA8o)

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Did you know? YALSA has a Teen Book Finder app (available in iOS and android) that can help you find great recommended reading for teens! Download it today! http://bit.ly/1sGxSy4 (android) http://bit.ly/S8Wi6Z (iOS)

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Couldn't attend our symposium last November? Join us for the next one in Portland, Oregon, November 6-8, 2015. Learn more and check out the preliminary schedule here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/yasymposium & sign up for updates via this form: http://svy.mk/1vt0D8k

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Please email or phone your members of Congress and ask them to sign the "Dear Appropriator" letter supporting federal funding for libraries (LSTA and IAL), then ask all other library supporters you know to do the same by no later than March 20th! Contact info is here: http://cqrcengage.com/ala/home (put in your zip code in the box on the lower right side)

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Have you already read our report, The Future of Library Services for & with Teens: A Call to Action? Give us a brief description of actions or changes you've made as a result of the recommendations via this form: http://bit.ly/1B2FdA4 For instance, what's one small change you've made? What are your struggles from the recommendations made?

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Attention library staff who serve teens in the San Francisco Bay Area: YALSA is recruiting teens to participate in the BFYA feedback session at ALA Annual in San Francisco. Details and application information are available at: http://tinyurl.com/noj8fn6.

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

  • 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
  • Opportunity to participate in a free TRW webinar
  • 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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