Every year in October, teens around the country gather at libraries, schools, and book stores to celebrate one thing: reading. Beginning in 1998, Teen Read Week started as a way for teens, parents, teachers, and librarians to promote the importance of teens reading beyond school curriculum. Since then, it has become a nation-wide celebration with games, crafts, read-a-thons, and more. This year Teen Read Week is October 18th - 24th, and there are fun things in store!
One of the exciting events that coincides with Teen Read Week is the final voting for the Teens' Top Ten, a "teens choice" award of the previous year's best books. Teens read, review, and nominate their favorite books; then, starting in August, teens across the country can vote for their favorites. The last day of voting is the final day of Teen Read Week, October 24th. The results are announced the following week with teens everywhere hoping their favorites novels make the list.
This year's theme of "Get Away @ your library" recognizes the power of books to transport us out of our everyday routines and into wherever - and whenenver - we want to go. We're representing this theme with events like the Teen Book Lovers Club Luau at the Chandler Sunset Library, with trivia on famous books' locations, vacation crafts, and more. Other fun activities can be found in our Teen Create-Space programs, available at all four locations. Check in to your library today so you can check out your next literary vacation!