West Virginia Libraries Celebrate Teen Read Week

Charleston, W. VA. – West Virginia libraries will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 8-14, 2017) with special events and programs spotlighting all the great resources and activities available at the library and to encourage teens from around the area to read for their enjoyment. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “Unleash Your Story!”

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is an opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.
Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home.

The West Virginia Library Commission has some suggestions:

-Set aside time each day for the family to read

-Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward

-Share your favorite book with your teen

-Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting https://tinyurl.com/yalsabookawardslists, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app

-Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)

-Listen to audiobooks on trips

-Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home

-Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading

-Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

It is held annually in October, the same week as Columbus Day.

For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread or visit your local library.

West Virginia Library Commission encourages lifelong learning, individual empowerment, civic engagement and an enriched quality of life by enhancing library and information services for all West Virginians.

WVLC is an independent agency of the Office of the Secretary of Education and the Arts.

To learn more about the WVLC, please visit www.librarycommission.wv.gov or call us at 304-558-2041.

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