Spotlight on Sharing: Celebrating Teens Reading

Teen Read Week™ is an annual event started in 1998 and sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) that encourages teens to read and use the library. This year’s event, October 9-15, has a multi-lingual “Read for the fun of it!” theme, meant to highlight the resources and services available to teens who speak a language other than English at home.

Several Colorado libraries are participating in Teen Read Week™ with special events and incentives. Add your library’s activities to this post by emailing Amy Hitchner, You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW16.

Mamie Doud Eisenhower Library is celebrating Teen Read Week™ all month long. Teens in grades 6-12 who read 3 books during the month of October get to choose between a free book or up to $5 off their overdue fines. They will also get a Benihana Restaurant coupon and a small prize for registering. After turning in their reading log card, they will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a $25 Barnes & Noble Gift Card.

Teens can celebrate Teen Read Week™ at Bud Werner Memorial Library in two ways:

  1. From October 9-15, teens between the ages of 13 and 18 may have their overdue fines waived.
  2. Teens can vote for the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten now through October 15.  The winners will be announced the week of October 24.

Summit County Library is also encouraging teens to help select the 2016 Teens’ Top Ten award. From October 9 through 15, Summit County teens can vote on the library’s website for up to three of their favorite titles. The North Branch Library in Silverthorne will also display all of the nominated teen books for the Teens’ Top Ten award. The winning titles will be announced the week after Teen Read Week™.

On Tuesday, October 11 the Dolores Public Library hosted a Teen Read Week™ Lunch. The teens who came ate pizza and talked about the books that they are enjoying reading. Photos from the event are posted on the library’s FaceBook page. Thank you to Shaine Gans for sharing this event!

This post is part of the Spotlight on Sharing initiative, which aims to increase the visibility of resource sharing in Colorado libraries. How is your library celebrating Teen Read Week™? We’d love to hear about it! Email Amy Hitcher, On Twitter follow @hitchlib or use #spotlightonsharing.

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