Queen Anne’s County Free Library celebrates Teen Read Week ™

The Kent Island Branch of the Queen Anne’s County Free Library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (October 14-20, 2012) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools, and bookstore across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, It Came from the Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it!

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks, and more — and become regular library users. It is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

“Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever — afterschool activities, athletics, social networking sites, video games—and increasingly high expectations in the classroom,” said young adult librarian Julie Ranelli. “It’s important that we present reading as another fun, relaxing option and something that can be enjoyed for free.”

In addition, Ranelli hopes to show parents and other concerned community members what the library can offer by hosting special programs and events during Teen Read Week™. “These drop-in events in the teen area of the library are an example of the programming that we host for teens throughout the year,” said Ranelli.

On October 15 from 3-8 p.m., middle and high school students can choose a free book donated by publishers or community members. From 3-8 p.m. on October 16, teens can design a bookmark; winning entries will be distributed at the library throughout November. On October 17, also from 3-8 p.m., teens can add lines to a progressive story. From 3-5 p.m. on October 18, LEGO bricks will be available so teens can build. On October 19 from 3-5 p.m., teens will find directions and paper for origami.

“Teen Read Week™ is a great time to make sure teens and their families know about all the free services the library can offer them,” said Ranelli. “We also want to reach out to teens who may not be regular library users and encourage them to come see what they can find here.”

A full calendar of events for teens and adults at the Queen Anne’s County Free Library can be viewed at www.quan.lib.md.us.

Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week™ at home as well. YALSA offers these ideas:
• Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
• Set aside time each night 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. A good place to start is YALSA’s Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

Teen Read Week™ is held annually during the third week of October. During that week, the annual Teens Top Ten booklist is announced. A list of 24 nominees for this year’s Teens’ Top Ten is available at www.ala.org/teenstopten.; most of the titles are owned by the Queen Anne’s County Free Library. More information about Teen Read Week can be found at the Web site, www.ala.org/teenread.