Planning

What's your plan for reaching teens who need access to libraries and books the most?  Nearly 1 in 4 eighth graders in the U.S. cannot read at a basic level, according to Kids Count.  Teen Read Week will only be successful if libraries reach beyond serving the teens who are library 'regulars.'  Here are some resources to help:

As you plan for Teen Read Week, find guidance in the following toolkits, developed by the Teen Read Week Committee:

Looking for more ways to plan your Teen Read Week event? Find them in the Teen Read Week Themed Manual at the ALA Store. The manual includes theme-specific information on:

  • using Teen Read Week for advocacy
  • programming
  • display ideas
  • book and media lists

For even more guidance, check out Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA's Initiatives, edited by Megan Fink for YALSA.

Need quick tips? Check out one of these webinars!

Programming for Teen Read Week

Seek the Unknown in the Blink of an Eye

Teen Programming Development: Making It About the Teens from Start to Finish

And don't forget the upcoming e-course Beyond Booklists: Serving Today's Diverse Teens, instructed by Jennifer Velasquez, from July 11 - August 8, 2016. You'll learn about  tools that can help you identify the diverse teen populations in your area and explore ways to design, implement and evaluate more in-depth services and programs for the diverse teen population and recent teen immigrants. 

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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Teen Read Week on the YALSA Blog

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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