Folsom Public Library Celebrates Teen Read Week

The Folsom Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week from October 18-24 with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens in Folsom 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 “Get Away @ Your Library.”

Teen Read Week is a time 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 is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

“Strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers,” said Youth Services Coordinator, Debbie Centi. “This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.”

The Folsom Public Library invites teens, parents and community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week. The Teen Library Council, with more than 50 participants this year, is busy planning fun events that include a library scavenger hunt and a teen short story/poetry/drawing contest.

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. The Folsom Public Library offers these ideas:

  • Set aside time each day for the family to read
  • Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward
  • Share your favorite book with your teen
  • Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
  • Host a book discussion group
  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
  • Listen to audiobooks on trips
  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
  • Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
  • Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), 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.