About Teen Read Week

The 2018 event will be held Oct. 7 - 13th, featuring the theme "It's Written in the Stars: READ." Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to find science fiction, fantasy, fairy tales, tall tales, nonfiction, and more in their local library.  Join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW18.  This site will launch with the 2018 theme and resources during National Library Week, April 8 - 14, 2018

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually in October the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. 


2018 Teen Read Week Theme

Posted by YALSA on March 6, 2018 at 10:00am 0 Comments

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! 

2018 YALSA Selected Book Lists Released!

Posted by YALSA on February 22, 2018 at 10:39am 0 Comments

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 Quick Picks lists that are also out! Learn more at: www.ala.org/yalsa/book-media-lists


[TRW 2017] How do you get teens to unleash their stories?

Started by Justin C Switzer. Last reply by Jenni Kitchen Oct 27, 2017. 7 Replies

With Summer Learning over and TRW 2017 upon us, I'd like to hear some of your ideas on how you get the young people at your library to share their stories, promote literacy, and improve their writing skills. I know library staff across the country…Continue

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[TRW 2017] Do you think your library should celebrate Teen Read "Month" instead of just one week in October, and why?

Started by Justin C Switzer. Last reply by Mary Highley Oct 19, 2017. 4 Replies

There are many of us who strive to promote literacy and reading year-round, but it is beneficial to set aside time to have a specific focus. I'd like to know how everyone feels about making Teen Read Week into Teen Read Month. Would that take away…Continue

[Grantees] 2017 Teen Read Week Grantees

Started by YALSA. Last reply by Elizabeth Strauss Oct 4, 2017. 17 Replies

This space is for the 2017 TRW grantees to share info and updates about their programs.Continue

Getting ready to Unleash TRW

Started by Kay e. Hones Oct 3, 2017. 0 Replies

1. Author Oliver Chin scheduled for October 12th!! Focus on graphic storyboards & graphic drawing.2. Setting up library displays with superhero titles.3. Planning Superhero LessonPre Lesson (Curriculum-Current Events/Problems)Ask students the…Continue

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

  • A low-res download of the 2017 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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