Activity Ideas & Resources

  • Find and share program ideas on YALSA's Teen Programming HQ
  • Forum: View and share your activity ideas via this site's discussion forums. Create your own discussion forum or share your ideas in pre-existing ones.
  • TRW 2016 Manual: Find activity ideas in the "Read for the fun of it!" themed TRW Manual, Coming Soon at the ALA Store. This downloadable guide will also include a customizable flier and web graphics with art for the 2016 theme.
  • 50 TRW Ideas:

1.    Extend library hours
2.    Add lots of paperbacks to the collection
3.    Open House with food and volunteers to explain teen activities
4.    Set up a Suggestion Box—then post suggestions with responses
5.    Establish a Teen Advisory Group
6.    Design and set up a website/blog/Facebook location
7.    Collect and post teen reviews [offer some instruction in review writing]
8.    Amnesty Week to coincide with TRW
9.    Sleep-in with teens reading all night, followed by breakfast
10.  Books to Movies festival
11.   Ask an English professor or teacher to host a 'so you want to be a writer' program 
12.    Host a book weeding party & ask teens for recommendations for new titles
13.    Host a Skype session with a YA author
14.    Organize a field trip to a literary landmark
15.    Books on the bus --work with schools to offer books for teens to read to/from school
16.    Cake Decorating Contest -- based on a YA book
17.    Redesign a book jacket contest
18.    Plan an Anime/Manga Character Party
19.    Passive program: bookmark contest
20.    Host a local author book fair
21.    Passive program: have teens create book spine poetry
22.    Organize a party at a location away from the library & bring the book mobile
23.    Host a program about the creative writing process
24.    Offer book giveaways for teens who are 'caught reading'
25.    Visit local community centers, after school programs, etc. to hand out library cards
26.    Organize a Late Night Library Scavenger Hunt in the YA section
27.    Create crafts with discarded books or magazines
28.    Hold a Teens' Top Ten announcement party
29.    Librarian Challenge [offer something silly in exchange for # books/pages read]
30.   Tie in with Halloween -- host a readers' theater with spooky stories
31.    Create teen-produced Public Service Announcements about the library
32.    Host a Mock Printz program
33.    Family Activity—teens read to younger kids at library
34.    Passive program: which book would you save from a fire & why?
35.    Organize trivia contests about famous YA authors or titles
36.    Have a Teen Space Make-Over to spruce up the teen area
37.    Display photos of teens reading
38.    School-wide read-in [during the day; after school; at a mall, etc.]
39.    Host a Human Book event, where experts come & talk -- ask teens in advance which 'human books they'd most like to see
40.    Create a bulletin board filled with book title suggestions from teens
41.    Publish teen book reviews in the local paper
42.    Have teens read books to kids at hospital, day care centers, etc.
43.    Organize a paperback and/or Comic Book swap
44.    Host an inter-generational book group
45.    Challenge teens to create Haiku poems and share them on Twitter
46.    Reward super readers with tickets to a local concert
47.    Organize a book drive for service personnel overseas
48.    Plan a radio talk show interview about teens and reading
49.    Write an email or letter to your favorite author
50.    Host a read-a-thon of teen authored stories & poems

Join this site!

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

  • Opportunity to attend a free TRW 2016 webinar on Tuesday, May 3 at 2pm Eastern!
  • A low-res download of the 2016 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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