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!

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Teen Read Week on the YALSA Blog

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 take the sting out of Read More →

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 most comfortable for you. We’ll Read More →

Get Away @ Your Library!

Get Away @ Your Library can mean a lot of different things to different people. When I think of it I think about why I read. One of the best things about reading is how it takes you to new and exciting places. Whether it is books about other cultures, time travel or historical events, Read More →





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