Teen Read Week dares teens to read for the fun of it

By Observer staff October 14, 2013 10:42 am
Cook Memorial Library is celebrating Teen Read Week this week.

Library officials encourage teens around the area to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Seek the Unknown @ Your Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it.

Teen Read Week is designed 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 also provides an opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

 Seventh-graders from
La Grande Middle School will be visiting the library during Teen Read Week. The public is also invited to come to the library and explore what it has to offer. Any teen visiting the library this week, and who writes a short review of their favorite book, will be entered in a drawing to win a gift card from Looking Glass Books.

Teen Read Week serves as an opportunity to educate teens and their families about all of the free services and resources the library offers. With a free Cook Memorial Library card, teens can access a wide variety of resources on the library’s web page, such as Library2Go, which offers free audio ande-book downloads, and Mango Languages, which provides instruction in 11 languages.

Through grants from the Wildhorse Foundation and Walmart, the library offers free activities for teens, encouraging them to use the library, not only as a source for literature, but also as a social gathering space. Teens can play Xbox and Wii in the Teen Zone, join the Teen Book Club, get creative with iCraft activities, or bring their friends to special events, such as the upcoming Teen Halloween Party. 

According to educators, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they can translate into better performance at school. 

Cook Memorial Library also hopes to show parents and other concerned community members what they can offer by hosting special programs and events during Teen Read Week. 

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. 

For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.