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2018 Teens' Top Ten Nominees Announced

Encourage teens to check out the 25 nominees and read them over the summer so they can vote for their favorites in August!

View a list of the nominees with annotations here.

Added by YALSA on April 16, 2018 at 12:25pm — No Comments

2018 Teen Read Week™ Site Live!

The site is now live! Sign up for a free account on this site if you haven't already to get access to the free, themed logo located under the "Planning" tab and check out the themed products!

Added by YALSA on April 12, 2018 at 10:37am — No Comments

2018 Teen Read Week Theme

Our 2018 Teen Read Week theme has been chosen! This year's theme is: "It's Written in the Stars...READ." The site launch and themed materials are coming soon, so keep an eye out for those! 2018 Teen Read Week will be celebrated October 7-13. Start sharing your program and celebration ideas on our site forum! 

Added by YALSA on March 6, 2018 at 10:00am — No Comments

2018 YALSA Selected Book Lists Released!

Our 2018 Best Fiction for Young Adults and Great Graphic Novels for Teens lists have been released!

In addition to the extensive list, both also include a Top Ten list! Also, if you haven't already, check out the Amazing Audiobooks and…


Added by YALSA on February 22, 2018 at 10:39am — No Comments

Teen Read Week 2018: October 7-13

Teen Read Week 2018 will be celebrated October 7-13. Check back in mid-April for a new, themed site! The theme will be announced in March.

Added by YALSA on February 2, 2018 at 12:24pm — No Comments

Arranging Sources for MLA Works Cited Page

Prepare an MLA Format Bibliography by Using These Guidelines

Knowing how to format sources in an MLA Works Cited page makes it easier to put citations together. This guide will help struggling teens.

It is likely that students arranging sources in MLA format for the first time realize rather quickly that there is a pattern to the arrangement of the information. It's fairly obvious, for example, that the author or authors of the work are acknowledged first. In the event that…


Added by Diane Payan on December 1, 2017 at 3:27am — No Comments

Cool iPhone Hacks For Teens to Boost Productivity

Use your smartphone like a pro!

Despite the significant number of extraordinary features, most iPhone owners use the device only as a banal ringer. In most cases, they do not even know about many device nuances, like opportunity to sync your iPhone with Outlook, which can greatly facilitate life. We conducted a small sociological poll among almost three hundred different iPhone users, who can…


Added by Kevin Rayman on November 20, 2017 at 5:00am — No Comments

2017 Teens' Top Ten List

We've announced our 2017 Teens' Top Ten list! Did your favorites make the cut? Find out the winners in the announcement video, featuring the stars of the movie Everything, Everything! #yalsaTTT

Added by YALSA on October 19, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

2017 TRW Survey

Did your library celebrate Teen Read Week this year? Well we want to hear your feedback! Sharing your input with YALSA gives us the opportunity to improve future initiatives and make the next TRW even better. So let us know what you think! The survey is open through 11/2. And as always, thank you for all your efforts to increase awareness of the great resources libraries have to offer teens!…


Added by YALSA on October 19, 2017 at 9:50am — No Comments

Apply now for 2018 Summer Grants!

The applications for the 2018 Summer Learning Resources and Teen Summer Intern grants are now open! Twenty of each grant, worth $1,000 each are available and generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Apply by Jan. 1, 2018. Eligibility requirements apply. Apply …


Added by YALSA on September 13, 2017 at 4:17pm — No Comments

The Archeos Adventures and the Sam 'n Me Adventures

I've been writing adventures for teen readers since 2012 and they can be found on my web site  ; The Archeos Adventures are about 3 young archeologists, juniors in high school, who make a fantastic discovery in the first book of the series called "The Valley of the Dwellers".  As the series continues they discover the star gate crystal skull, an ancient talisman that gives them…


Added by Branton Holmberg on August 24, 2017 at 12:34pm — No Comments

2017 Teens' Top Ten Voting!

2017 Teens’ Top Ten voting is finally open! Now through Oct 14th, teens (and only teens, sorry librarians!) are able to vote for their favorite titles amongst the 26 nominees. The voting site is hosted again this year by DOGObooks. Encourage your teens to read and…


Added by YALSA on August 16, 2017 at 10:26am — No Comments

Free #TRW17 Webinar

Don’t miss our upcoming webinar for Teen Read Week 2017 set for Thursday, August 24 at 2PM EST.

The topic is Graphomania!: A Guide to Hosting Your Library's Teen Writing Contest with Leah Weyand. In this webinar, you’ll find tips and ideas on hosting a teen writing contest at your library! Register for free here.

Added by YALSA on July 21, 2017 at 9:23am — No Comments

2017 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees

The 2017 Teens' Top Ten nominees have been announced! Check out this video of the announcements featuring the stars of the upcoming film, Everything, Everything!

Encourage teens to read the titles over the summer and vote for their favorites in August!

Added by YALSA on April 13, 2017 at 11:30am — 1 Comment

2017 Teen Read Week Site Now Live!

Join the free site for access to free planning and marketing resources! 

Find 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 April 13, 2017 at 11:30am — No Comments

Updates Coming in April 2017!

Stay tuned for an updated site with theme artwork coming in April during National Library Week!

2017 theme announcement also coming soon!

Added by YALSA on February 17, 2017 at 9:26am — No Comments

Teen Read Week 2016 Feedback

Did you and your library participate in Teen Read Week this year? Well, we want to hear your thoughts and feedback! This survey helps give us the opportunity to improve future Teen Read Week initiatives. So share your input with YALSA and help us make the next TRW even better! And as always, thank you for all your efforts to increase awareness of the great resources libraries have to offer teens!…


Added by YALSA on November 9, 2016 at 11:30am — No Comments

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


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

  • A low-res download of the 2018 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

Teen Read Week: Board Game Collection Encourages English Language Learners To “Read For the Fun of It”

Every year the Teen Read Week Committee selects the recipients of the Teen Read Week grants funded by contributions from YALSA and Dollar General.   Cynthia Shutts at the White Oak Public Library (IL) was awarded one of this year’s Teen Read Week grants to create a circulating board game collection… Continue reading

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





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