[Grantees] 2016 Teen Read Week Grantees

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

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Hi everyone! I'm Sara Frey, the instructional media specialist at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School in Plymouth Meeting, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I serve a school of approximately 1,450 students so I stay pretty busy in our library media center.

I am really excited for Teen Read Week 2016. The highlight of the week for me will be collaborating with our school's English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher to facilitate special TRW activities for our English Language Learner (ELL) students. We are facilitating activities around the 2016 U.S. presidential election and civic engagement. Although our school is only a few miles from Independence Hall in Philadelphia’s Old City district, few of the ELLs have ever studied this era in U.S. history and none have visited the landmarks.We will learn about the establishment of our nation’s government and how the immigrant experience has always been a key part of the country’s narrative, including the presidential candidates' campaign promises.

I'm looking forward to learning about your programs and supporting each other along the way. 


I'm Flannery Crump, and I work as the part-time Teen Librarian at the White Oak Library District's Lockport branch. My coworkers at the Crest Hill branch and Romeoville branch are Cindy Shutts and Brittany Whyte, and we worked on this grant as a team. Brittany was the one who came up with the idea for our program: we are going to start a new circulating board game collection for teens, and we're going to have a kick-off event to celebrate it. We are starting the collection by getting mostly word games such as Scrabble and Boggle. It's our intention to market this as an ESL learning tool for teens to use with their families. This way the whole family can have fun and bond together while sharpening their English vocabulary and literacy. We're really looking forward to offering this for the community!


I am Stephanie Chadwick and I am the Teen Librarian for the Middletown Township Public Library in Middletown, NJ. Our library serves Middletown Township, which includes over 8,600 teens. I am so excited to start Teen Read Week this year. 

The program I am planning for Teen Read Week will consist of two parts. First, I will be running a reading program for October to encourage teens to read at least one book for the month. Each participating teen will get a bookmark with multicultural reading suggestions. I will also be starting a YA Foreign Language Collection, so that students who are learning English may also read books in their native language. Once students have completed 1 book, they will be given an invitation to our International Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

So now comes part 2. I will be having the Teen Writing Club and the Teen Advisory Board help me to write and perform the International Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre. We will have foods from a variety of cultures for the dinner, and then my volunteers will put on an interactive murder mystery! They are thinking of setting it at a Model UN Competition. It should be a lot of fun, and the Teen Advisory Board is very excited about it.

Hi Everyone-

I am Cheryl Myers. This fall, I will begin my adventure as the library media specialist for McHenry High School, West Campus. My school is located in McHenry, IL, about an hour northwest of Chicago, and we have 1600 students in our building. Prior to being hired as the library media specialist, I taught English and worked as a Reading Specialist for the high school. I am excited (and a bit nervous) to begin working in our school library and working on my Teen Read Week activities. To begin, we are going to host a “Night at the Library” to kick off Teen Read Week. I am hoping to turn the library into a coffee shop/bookstore for the evening. To accomplish this, I have enlisted the help of some of our ELL faculty and administration. We will have various multi-cultural activities set up throughout the library to welcome students as well as community members, including a storytime area where our Spanish National Honor Society students will read books to young community members. In addition, we hope to kick off our new school-wide book club this evening with our first selection being a multicultural work. With the funds from the grant, I plan to buy additional copies of multicultural, young adult literature as well as some Kindles and Kindle books to be used in our book club. The book club is something students have been asking about, and I think Teen Read Week is the best time to start one.

Hello Everyone,

I am Cindy Shutts. I am the Teen librarian from the Romeoville Branch of the White Oak Library District. I work with Brittany Whyte and Flannary Crump.  As Flannery mentioned we plan to create a circulating game collection to help our patrons who are in our conversation clubs. Here is a little information about Romeoville. According to the most recent census, in Romeoville - 29.9% of the population is Hispanic and 38.5% speak a language other than English in their home.  The Romeoville Population in 2010 was 39,680. The Romeoville population of individuals nineteen and younger was 13,669.

Hi, everyone. This is the first Teen Read Week grant for the South Lafourche Branch of the Lafourche Parish Public Library. Our library system serves just under 100,000 residents in coastal, southeast Louisiana, about an hour's drive from New Orleans. I'll be working with Maria Duran, who coordinates many of our branch's teen programs, and other staff members to encourage teens to write their own create-your-own-ending books. We are excited about our program and look forward to hearing about everyone's progress. 


I am Amanda Brasfield, librarian at Findlay High School in Findlay, Ohio. We are a 9-12 high school with 1,600 students in northwestern Ohio.

Teen Read Week at FHS will focus on bringing to light the number of different languages used in our community. We will be collaborating with the University of Findlay, Mazza Museum, and Black Heritage Library to bring other cultures and languages into our library for students to experience. As plans become more solid, I'll write an update!

Y'all! I am in a real holding pattern! We don't go back to school until the middle of the month and many of our community partners won't be ready to talk concrete plans until September! We also found out that Teen Read Week is overlapping with the Ohio conference for school librarians, so we have to move our dates around. It's been nothing but 0 steps forward and 2 steps back since I started trying to nail down all of our presenters and programs (specific dates, times, needs, etc). I know it will all work out, but I am so excited that patience is hard to come by!

Hello all, 

I am getting really excited about Teen Read Week. I have made contact with a representative from our local university who is getting her Japanese students ready for spending a lot of time in my library during the week. Our students will be doing chopstick challenges, learning the languages, and learning to write in Japanese. They will even have a chance to try sushi and see how it is made. 

AND! this is only one group we will be hosting during the week! I've also got one of our sign language interpreters from the school and some students ready to share sign language with our students. 

Things are starting to come together!

My name is Magali Rivera and I am a Library Assistant at the Anaheim Public Library, specifically at the Haskett and Ponderosa Joint-Use Library branch.
The Haskett Library’s service area has a population of over 68,000 and it is located in close proximity to various schools. At the Haskett Library, youth are welcome to enjoy the Teen Space Center and vending machines.
The Ponderosa Joint-Use Library is a collaboration between the school and the public library. The space serves elementary students during the school day however after school, including weekends, the collections, study space, and computer lab is accessible to the community as a public library.
For Teen Read Week both library locations will host activities inviting youth to celebrate cultural diversity, connect with their roots and work towards building stronger communities. Colleen Greene, a historian, genealogist and lecturer who specializes in researching Mexican-American genealogy will introduce genealogy as more than just tracing the family tree. Youth will discover their heritage, and have the opportunity to retrace their family story that will take them back in time and across continents.
In addition to genealogy, OC Weekly reporter, editor and author of TACO USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America, Gustavo Arellano will take youth on a tasty journey exploring the history and culture of Mexican food in this country. Teems will be invited to share their favorite family recipe and provide background of how the recipe came to be in their family and its place of origin. The library will have a large map available where the teens can mark the location of their recipe.
To conclude Read for the fun of It chef, Jimmy Birmingham will be invited to lead a cooking class in international cuisine. These activities will engage young adult to discover the world through food, but in particular their local history.
We are excited to offer this program to the youth in our community! Special thank you to the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and Dollar General for helping us broaden the horizons of Anaheim youth.



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