September 25, 2017

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Pictures of the Week: Celebrating Teen Read Week 2013

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Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 1998. The annual celebration was held this year from October 13-19, and librarians who serve teens organized events, displays, and programs to encourage them to be lifelong readers and library users. This year’s theme, “Seek the Unknown @ your library,” is illustrated in the following photos. How did your library mark the occasion?

Teens at Lawrence Public Library, Kansas created terrariums for the favorite young adult novels. Above, an example engineered by young adult librarian assistant Molly Wetta, based on Maggie Stiefvater’s The Raven Boys (Scholastic, 2012). The project was inspired by Teen Librarian’s Toolbox and Library as Incubator.

YA author of Ashfall (Tanglewood, 2011)  Mike Mullin talked about super volcanoes and gave a martial arts demonstration at Lawrence Public Library on October 15. Photos courtesy of Lawrence Public Library. Photos by Molly Wetta.

Even teachers joined in on the fun. Mrs. Harold reads David Levithan and John Green’s Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Dutton, 2010) in the library’s reference section at Crystal Lake Central HS, Illinois. Photo courtesy of information specialist Alyse Liebovich.

Steampunk and sci-fi book display created by school media specialist Elizabeth Gartley of Melrose High School, Massachusetts. Photos courtesy of Ms. Gartley.

Elizabeth Gartley

Marie Lu’s Legend (Putnam, 2011) is featured in Melrose High School’s “Awesome Box” for recently read books.

Students dressed up on October 16 for the Wizardly Wednesday Contest at Southeast Middle School in Salisbury, North Carolina. Photos courtesy of school librarian Samantha Edmonson.

Day of Dialog | Brooklyn
Coinciding with Brooklyn Book Festival, this special-engagement event on September 15 will feature both Festival and metropolitan-area authors with panels modeled on Library Journal and School Library Journal’s long-running and annually sold-out Day of Dialog events. Get the inside scoop on the hottest new books—plus book giveaways and author signings!
Resistance: Children’s Books in Troubled Times
Join the Horn Book in Boston, MA on October 7th to celebrate the 2017 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award winners and honor books with the annual Horn Book at Simmons Colloquium. The day includes talks, panel discussions, and small-group sessions which will examine critical issues relevant to children’s and young adult literature. Plus, registration includes admittance to the awards ceremony on Friday, October 6th!