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.  The 2016 event will be held Oct. 9 - 15th, featuring a multilingual 'read for the fun of it theme'   Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW16, and check back to this site in April for everything you need to plan a great event in your community!


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!


Future Teen Read Week Dates

Posted by YALSA on January 4, 2016 at 9:43am 0 Comments

Starting in 2016, Teen Read Week will be held each year in the same week as Columbus Day.

Future dates are:

  • October 9-15, 2016
  • October 7-13, 2017
  • October 7-13, 2018
  • October 13 - 19, 2019
  • October 11 - 17, 2020

Teen Read Week 2015 Feedback

Posted by YALSA on November 4, 2015 at 2:44pm 0 Comments

Now that Teen Read Week 2015 has ended we want to hear your feedback! This Teen Read Week survey gives us the opportunity to make improvements for the future.  Click the link below to give input regarding YALSA's Teen Read Week initiative. Thank you for all your efforts to increase awareness of the great resources libraries have to offer teens!



2015 Teen Read Week Program Grant Winners Forum

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Michele Ricca Nov 19, 2015. 21 Replies

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

[TRW 2015] TRW Décor and Display Ideas

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Janelle Odate Nov 2, 2015. 5 Replies

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

Tags: 2015, trw

Poetry for Teen Read Week

Started by Sylvia Vardell Oct 22, 2015. 0 Replies

I love this year's TRW theme of "Get Away @ the library" to spotlight all the great resources and activities available to help teens build literacy skills while reading for the fun to it. So, every day this week, I have shared a visual "postcard"…Continue

[TRW 2015] Brainstorming Within and Without the Theme

Started by YALSA. Last reply by April Shroeder Oct 16, 2015. 3 Replies

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

Tags: 2015, trw

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Blog Post Round-Up: Inexpensive and Easy Programming

  Blog post round-up is a series of posts that pull from the great YALSAblog archive. The topics have been requested by YALSA members. Have an idea for a topic? Post it in the comments. Inexpensive Ideas: Back to Afterschool: Tech Resources Pop Up Programming 30 Days of Teen Programming: … Continue reading

Flops, Duds, and Bloopers – When Programming Isn’t Perfect

I tell myself all the time that the success of a teen program is more than “just” attendance. I know I’m not alone in that. A YALSA committee has even created a living document – Teen Programming Guidelines – that includes a section on evaluation and measurement. But still, it doesn’t … Continue reading

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 … Continue reading





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