| Sep 13, 2010
Believe it or not, teens are visiting and using their local library more than ever. Did you know that teen library visits are up nationwide in the United States? As the popularity of young adult literature continues to soar and teen musical artists dominate the airwaves, thousands of teens will participate in Teen Read Week, October 13-17, at their local library.
Teen books now enjoy unprecedented critical success and popularity. In addition, library use has skyrocketed during the recession, with many teens and their families taking advantage of free access to a wide variety of quality reading materials at their libraries. With so many options for entertainment, not to mention the increased amount of schoolwork in the teen years, busy and distracted teens overlook reading for pleasure. Teen Read Week is a time to remind teens that reading is fun, free, and can be done any place, any time, anywhere.
Research shows that teens who read for fun — and not just for school activities — score significantly higher on reading tests, while those who don’t lose critical reading skills important for academic and workplace success. Sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), Teen Read Week encourages teens to take time to "read for the fun of it." The 2010 Teen Read Week theme of "Books with Beat @ your library" promotes a variety of books, from books about music to poetry, as a tool for encouraging young adults to read for the fun of it. To learn more, visit the Teen Read Week webpage.