October 8-14th is Teen Read Week and the theme this year is “Unleash Your Story!” Teen Read Week is YALSA’s adolescent literacy initiative to encourage teens to become regular readers and library users. From YALSA: “Library staff, afterschool providers, and educators are encouraged to leverage this theme to encourage teens to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folktales, and more in their local library.” You can also join the conversation on Twitter with #TRW17 and see more at http://teenreadweek.ning.com/
YALSA and other sites are hosting activities and informational toolkits for Teen Read Week programming worthy of checking out below:
- The nominees of YALSA’s “Teens’ Top Ten” list have been announced. Teens can vote for up to three of their favorite books until the end of Teen Read Week, and the winning titles will be announced on October 18: https://www.dogobooks.com/voting/2017-teens-top-reads
- YALSA has a new toolkit that offers ideas and strategies for building literacy skills with teens. Using the “fake news” phenomenon and framework, this toolkit offers libraries ways to help teens explore multiple literacies, including text-based literacy, visual literacy, and media literacy. Learn more and download the free toolkit here: http://www.ala.org/yalsa/teen-literacies-toolkit
- YALSA is giving out $1,000 grants courtesy of Dollar General and the deadline to apply is January 1. Two types of grants are available: one is for initiatives to prevent the summer slide in underserved teens, and the other is for hiring teen interns over the summer. Twenty of each grant type will be awarded. To learn more or apply, visit this site: http://summerreading.ning.com/page/summer-learning-grants
Be sure to visit your local library to find out about Teen Read Week events near you!