Sunday, October 6, 2013

Teen Read Week 2013 - Do you have a plan?

I've been celebrating Teen Read Week since 1998 with all the wonderful logos provided by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).  It's a celebration encouraging readers and library users among our teens.  This year's logo Seek the Unknown @ your library will promote the program through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.

Librarians may join the Teen Read Week ning at to plan and share TRW ideas Oct. 13-19, 2013.  It's a great time of year to promote enthusiasm in your library program.  

The ning can provide a platform to show case your program, network with others, or browse for ideas in planning your TRW event.

Ideas for this year's event may be shared at

Information provided by the ning includes:
  • Activity ideas
  • Planning checklist
  • Publicity Toolkit (downloadable tools designed to help promote your program)
  • Book and Media Lists
Activities for TRW may include:
  • Super hero day
  • Have a display of books that have been wrapped with bulletin board paper for students to check-out.  Include mystery, adventure, sic-fi, and fantasy books.
  • Our middle school is going to make a list and vote on Pike's Top Ten List. 
  • Book trailer contests
  • Student book reviews posted 
  • Writing contest
Our TRW plan will include students and faculty recommending books for a list for Pike's Top Ten. Students and faculty may submit book trailers, they may choose to video tape their own book review, they may submit a written book review, or they may just submit a title.  All book trailers and book reviews will be shown on the school news program.  This will occur the week before TRW.  Through a Google form students and faculty will be invited to vote for their favorite titles and the top 10 titles will become Pike's Top Ten. A display of our top ten and QR codes to the trailers and reviews will greet patron at the library entrance.

Please join me and many other librarians in celebrating Teen Read Week.  If you have a great idea - share it! 

Don't forget to include YALSA's Teens' Top Ten voting during TRW.  Voting is open from Aug. 15 through Teen Read Week.  Share the list with your students so they may vote for this totally "teen choice" list.

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