The Dustin M. Sekula Memorial Library celebrates Teen Read Week™ with the theme “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”
The Sekula Memorial Library will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 7-13, 2018) 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, “It’s Written in the Stars: READ!”
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 a great 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.
Moreover, according to Omero Morales, Reference Supervisor, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.
The Sekula Memorial Library invites teens, parents and other concerned community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week. On Tuesday, October 9th teens will be watching, The Space Between Us and bring a favorite book to exchange in our Book Swap. Teens will then show off their creative side by decorating a Galaxy Pumpkin, a new galactic twist to traditional pumpkin decorating on Wednesday, October 10th. To end Teen Read Week, teens and tweens will get to watch videos, play a variety of games on the NASA website, participate in Astronaut training activities such as Crew Assembly Training, Speed of Light and Taste in Space on Thursday, October 11th. All programs are free to the public and begins at 6:00 pm.
Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. The Sekula Memorial Library offers these ideas:
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 http://tinyurl.com/yalsabookawardslists, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
Host a book discussion group
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
Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
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.