Normally, our weekly “What We’re Reading” series highlights relevant news items our team has read over the past week. But since next week is the American Library Association’s (ALA) Teen Read Week, we wanted to take the opportunity to spotlight Teen Read Week’s mission: reading for the fun of it.
Often overwhelmed by deadlines, homework assignments or books that don’t cater to their tastes, students can forget how wonderful and enjoyable reading can be. Teen Read Week isn’t about encouraging students to read books from carefully cultivated lists; it’s about encouraging students to read whatever they want, and to keep reading after they graduate from high school. Learning to love reading is the key to learning many different life skills. As a teenager, I learned how to knit and speak Spanish through books. What kind of life skills did you learn from books? Answer in our quiz below!
This year, Teen Read Week’s theme is “It Came from the Library!” Although having Teen Reading Week in the middle of October made us assume that “It” was a monster or ghost, “It,” in this case, is all the different types of things young people can check out from the library. Your local library isn’t just for books anymore – it’s for movies, music, e-books, audiobooks, magazines and so much more. Libraries are a valuable community resource that teenagers can enjoy for free.
On October 17, the ALA is asking teenagers, teachers, librarians, authors and everyone else who wants to help inspire young people to dig into a book to participate in a discussion on Twitter. Use the hashtag #TRW12 at any time on October 17 to tweet your recommended Young Adult reading lists, thoughts and ideas. ALA will answer as many messages as possible!