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 2017 event will be held Oct. 8 - 14th, featuring the theme 'Unleash Your Story." Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW17.


Apply now for 2018 Summer Grants!

Posted by YALSA on September 13, 2017 at 4:17pm 0 Comments

The applications for the 2018 Summer Learning Resources and Teen Summer Intern grants are now open! Twenty of each grant, worth $1,000 each are available and generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Apply by Jan. 1, 2018. Eligibility requirements apply. Apply here.

2017 Teens' Top Ten Voting!

Posted by YALSA on August 16, 2017 at 10:26am 0 Comments

2017 Teens’ Top Ten voting is finally open! Now through Oct 14th, teens (and only teens, sorry librarians!) are able to vote for their favorite titles amongst the 26 nominees. The voting site is hosted again this year by DOGObooks. Encourage your teens to read and vote for their favorites! You can visit our Teens’ Top Ten site for an annotated list of the nominees and more information. And connect with us on social media by using #yalsaTTT.


[TRW 2017] How do you get teens to unleash their stories?

Started by Justin C Switzer. Last reply by Elizabeth Damosso 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

With Summer Reading ending and TRW 2017 coming up fast, I'd like to hear some of your ideas on how you get the young people at your library to share their stories, promote literacy, and improve their writing skills. I know librarians across the…Continue

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[Grantees] 2017 Teen Read Week Grantees

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Amy Ojserkis Sep 4. 13 Replies

This space is for the 2017 TRW grantees to share info and updates about their programs.Continue

[TRW 2016] Passive Program Ideas

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Elizabeth Strauss Sep 2. 11 Replies

Share your Teen Read Week themed passive program ideas here.Continue

[TRW 2017] What author would your teens mostly likely want to meet?

Started by Justin C Switzer Aug 29. 0 Replies

The best way to get young people to read is by making the situation real for them. If they see themselves in the characters, they will likely be more interested in the story. Same goes with being able to have a conversation with the author. Having…Continue

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

  • A low-res download of the 2017 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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Teen Read Week on the YALSA Blog

Teen Read Week: Board Game Collection Encourages English Language Learners To “Read For the Fun of It”

Every year the Teen Read Week Committee selects the recipients of the Teen Read Week grants funded by contributions from YALSA and Dollar General.   Cynthia Shutts at the White Oak Public Library (IL) was awarded one of this year’s Teen Read Week grants to create a circulating board game collection… Continue reading

Reaching Teens through Passive Programs

Do you have trouble getting teens into your interactive programs for your teens during Teen Read Week? Are you still trying to understand your teen demographic? Teens are busy students, especially during their final high school years, but they can certainly still participate in other planned activities on their own… Continue reading

Do You Speak Game?

At the White Oak Library District, I helped work on my library’s district wide strategic plan. The one place I knew we were failing our patrons was with families who were learning English as a second language. We always talk about ways to better serve our patrons in this aspect… Continue reading




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