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2016 Teens' Top Ten Titles Announced!

A list featuring the winning titles can be found on the Teens’ Top Ten page.

Now through December 31, 2016, teens aged 12-18 can nominate their favorite titles to be considered as a 2017 Teens’ Top Ten nominee via the …


Added by YALSA on October 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Celebrating Bilingualism at Anaheim Central Library!

The majority of the teens we serve in Anaheim are bilingual, and dual-immersion programs in school are expanding across all grade levels in our city.  Teen Read Week is giving us the perfect impetus to create programs celebrating bilingualism and reinvigorate our YA Spanish collection.  

Our main Teen Read Week event is a visit from Isabel Quintero, author of Gabi, A Girl In Pieces.  Isabel lives locally, and writes vividly about what it's like to grow up as a Hispanic teen…


Added by Emily Otis on October 11, 2016 at 12:46pm — No Comments

Planning TRW programming for English Language Learners

Teen Read Week special programming for English Language Learners (ELLs) at my school is still in the planning stages; I have been collaborating with Mrs. Rebecca Hepler, the English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher to prepare and schedule activities.

We have 16 students in this group of ELLs, representing five different nations around the world from Mexico to Saudi Arabia to China. Students’ exposure to the history of our city, Philadelphia,…


Added by Sara Frey on October 11, 2016 at 7:49am — No Comments

A Night at the Library

Teen Read Week is quickly approaching, and we are excited about what we have planned at McHenry High School, West Campus.  To kick off the week, we will be hosting our first ever, Night at the Library.  The event, during which the library will be transformed into a coffee shop/bookstore, will run from 7- 9 in the evening and will be open to the community.  We will have coffee, lemonade, and snacks for visitors as well as a wide range of activities.  Our activities, planned for all ages,…


Added by cheryl myers on October 6, 2016 at 10:30am — No Comments

Win a Makey Makey Go or Classic Kit!

Got a great Teen Read Week program idea or need some advice on programming? Submit it to our Teen Programming HQ site by Oct. 15 for a chance to win 1 of 28 Makey Makey kits! Winners will be selected at random.

Visit the Teen Programming HQ site today!

Added by YALSA on October 4, 2016 at 12:51pm — No Comments

Vote Now for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten!

Voting for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten is now open! Encourage teens to vote for up to three of their favorite titles now through Oct. 15. The “top ten” titles will be announced the week after Teen Read Week™, which takes place Oct. 9-15. Libraries are also encouraged to share the …


Added by YALSA on August 15, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

Teen Read Week 2016

This Year's Teen Read Week theme is "Read for the Fun of it", what are some of your ideas to keep teen readers engaged and reading for fun?

Fine and share your programming ideas on our Teen Programming HQ site as well as down below on our  Teen Read Week forum. 

Added by YALSA on June 10, 2016 at 10:13am — No Comments

Free Teen Read Week Webinar: May 3; 2PM EST

Sign up now to participate in a free Teen Read Week webinar! It will take place May 3 at 2PM EST.

Title: Engaging Latino Youth through STEAM : Going Beyond our Walls

Date: Tuesday, May 3, 2:00pm EST

Presenter: Clementina Nunez, Houston Public Library

Join Clementina Nunez of the Houston Public Library as she talks about strategies that libraries can use to identify, reach out to and serve teens who speak Spanish as a first language. She will…


Added by YALSA on April 13, 2016 at 1:00pm — No Comments

2016 Teen Read Week Activity Grant

Through funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, YALSA will offer ten $1,000 grants to recognize outstanding Teen Read Week activities from its members!

The theme for Teen Read Week 2016 is a multi-lingual take on "Read for the fun of it!" Applicants for the grant should demonstrate how the funds will help support innovative reading or literacies programs aimed at the 22% of the nation's youth who speak a language other than English at…


Added by YALSA on April 11, 2016 at 3:18pm — No Comments

2016 Teens’ Top Ten Book Giveaway

In celebration of the upcoming announcement of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten nominees during National Library Week, forty (40) sets of the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten nominees will be given away to libraries in need with funding generously provided by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. With the set of new titles, libraries will not only be able to further enrich their…


Added by YALSA on April 4, 2016 at 10:52am — No Comments

Future Teen Read Week Dates

Starting in 2016, Teen Read Week will be held each year in the same week as Columbus Day.

Future dates are:

  • October 9-15, 2016
  • October 8-14, 2017
  • October 7-13, 2018
  • October 13 - 19, 2019
  • October 11 - 17, 2020

Added by YALSA on January 4, 2016 at 9:30am — No Comments

Teen Read Week 2015 Feedback

Now that Teen Read Week 2015 has ended we want to hear your feedback! This Teen Read Week survey gives us the opportunity to make improvements for the future.  Click the link below to give input regarding YALSA's Teen Read Week initiative. Thank you for all your efforts to increase awareness of the great resources libraries have to offer teens!

Added by YALSA on November 4, 2015 at 2:44pm — No Comments

2015 Teens' Top Ten Official Titles

Download a list of the winners with annotations here:

Added by YALSA on October 28, 2015 at 11:00am — No Comments

Engage your Congressperson in #TRW15!

From now until the end of the year, Congress is hard at work on a new education bill that would provide federal funding for schools. Your congressperson needs to hear from you to know that it’s vital to include school libraries in this new bill. Here is your chance to do something locally to initiate national change!

Since Teen Read Week 2015 is approaching, now is a great time to invite your members of Congress to visit your library or take a trip to visit their district office.…


Added by YALSA on September 29, 2015 at 3:34pm — No Comments

Register for a free TRW Webinar: Reaching Out with TRW 2015: ID'ing and Serving the Teens in Your Community

Register now for the upcoming free Teen Read Week webinar

"Reaching Out with TRW 2015: ID'ing and Serving the Teens in Your Community".

This 60-minute webinar will take place Tuesday, October 6 at 12pm Eastern / 11am Central / 9am Pacific. In addition to considering reasons why your library celebrates Teen Read Week and who you would like to reach with your events/programs, you will learn the…


Added by YALSA on September 9, 2015 at 1:00pm — 5 Comments

Twitter Chat: Setting Goals to Reach Underserved Teens Sept. 11 @ 2PM EST

Join us for a twitter chat titled "Setting Goals to Reach Underserved Teens"  on September 11 @ 2PM EST!

The start of the school year is the perfect time to re-evaluate your community’s demographics and set goals to “get away” from the library and connect with those underserved populations. Join us in our Twitter chat to share your TRW 2015 goals in reaching those groups outside the library walls or gain ideas on how you might best serve your community.

Use #TRW15 to join…


Added by YALSA on August 14, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Afterschool Literacy Award Opportunity

Libraries and other organizations that provide afterschool activities for youth can apply now through August 27th for the Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award, administered by the Afterschool Alliance.  Learn more or access the application at:

Added by YALSA on July 23, 2015 at 3:50pm — No Comments

Teens' Top Ten book giveaway winners press release

Check out the winners of the book giveaway

2015 Teens' Top Ten book giveaway winners announced!

Added by YALSA on June 3, 2015 at 9:57am — No Comments

2015 Teens' Top Ten Nominees Announced!

The 2015 Teens' Top Ten nominees have been announced! Check them out via the video below!

Download a list of the nominees with annotations here.

Added by YALSA on April 16, 2015 at 3:26pm — No Comments

Free TRW Webinar: Build Your Budget; April 21, 12PM EST

Registrants of this site can participate in a free webinar titled, "Build Your Budget", on Tuesday, April 21 at 12 p.m. Eastern!

This Teen Read Week webinar focuses on how teen services library workers can advocate within and beyond their respective library systems for funds. Learn how to seek out sponsors and partners for external funding, while also advocating within your library for a budget that includes financial resources for teen services! 100 seats available. Register…


Added by YALSA on April 13, 2015 at 10:30am — No Comments

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

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

Rural Virginia Celebrates Teen Read Week 2016

My school librarian and I are still kicking around a ideas for our school’s Teen Read Week celebration October 9 – 15. This year’s “Read for the Fun of It” theme focuses on multilingual youth. In our rural corner of the world, where only three students are English language learners, … Continue reading





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