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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: www.ala.org/yalsa/teenstopten

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: http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/awards.cfm

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

2015 Teens' Top Ten Book Giveaway Application Now Open!

The application period for the 2015 Teens' Top Ten Book Giveaway is now open! Forty (40) sets of the 2015 Teens' Top Ten nominees will be given away to libraries in need.

Apply now through May 1, 2015. Please note that eligibility requirements do apply. Learn more here.

Added by YALSA on April 10, 2015 at 9:33am — No Comments

2015 Teen Read Week™ Grant Application Now Open!

The application period for the 2015 Teen Read Week Activity Grant is now open! Ten grants worth $1000 each are available to fund Teen Read Week activities. Apply by June 1, 2015. The Teen Read Week site will officially go "live" April 16, so be sure to join the…


Added by YALSA on April 1, 2015 at 3:38pm — No Comments

2015 Teen Read Week™ Announced!

The theme for this year's Teen Read Week is "Get Away @ your library" and will take place October 18-24.

Check back this spring for updated artwork, resources, and…


Added by YALSA on January 16, 2015 at 10:46am — No Comments

Vote for the 2015 Teen Read Week™ Theme!

Help us choose the next Teen Read Week theme by voting for your favorite out of the four choices provided in this survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VK87KVH

The survey is now closed. Thanks for voting and stay tuned for the announcement & updated website this spring!

Added by YALSA on January 6, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

2014 Teens' Top Ten titles announced!

Learn more about the Teens' Top Ten here.

Added by YALSA on October 20, 2014 at 1:18pm — No Comments

Hunger Games Actress Willow Shields Invites You to Celebrate Teen Read Week™!

Added by YALSA on October 10, 2014 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Teen blog posts on YA Lit all month long on YALSA's YA Lit Blog, The Hub!

Throughout all of October, YALSA's YA Lit blog, The Hub, is featuring blog posts from our teen guest bloggers from our Teen Read Week Teen Blogging Contest.

Topics range from How to Get over a Fictional Death to The Beauty of Short Stories, and more so be sure to check out The Hub every day in October to see the blog posts by our lovely teen bloggers!

Added by YALSA on October 3, 2014 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Twitter Chat -- September 29, 2014 2PM-3PM EST

Join us for a Twitter chat and share with us your ideas, pictures, and advice on Teen Read Week Displays/Decorations on Monday, September 29 from 2-3PM EST!

To participate in the twitter chat, remember to use the hashtag #trw14! To easily follow and track the discussion, use…


Added by YALSA on September 15, 2014 at 3:41pm — No Comments


YALSA created this Ning Network.

Join this site!

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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