Library plans Teen Read Week


Staff report



SIDNEY — Shelby County Libraries will celebrate Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for the fun of it.

Shelby County Libraries has invited teens, parents and other concerned community members to participate in programs and events during Teen Read Week at the Amos Memorial Public Library in Sidney. On Oct. 19 at 4 p.m., teen author Sara Raasch give a presentation and book signing. Raasch, who is a Fairlawn graduate, will talk about her book, “Snow Like Ashes,” and introduce her new book, “Ice Like Fire,” which comes out on Oct. 13. Copies of both books will be available for purchase.

Then on October 15th at 6:00pm, The library will host a Pretty Little Liars Party, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m., during which participants will become their favorite characters from the book or TV series and complete a series of tasks as delivered to them by A in order to protect their secrets. Finally, to end the week’s activities, the Amos Library will host Teen Thursday, during which teens can play board games and video games, make crafts, or just hang out with other teens. All of the Teen Read Week programs are for grades 6-12 and are free of charge.

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.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is an opportunity for teens and their families to learn about the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Moreover, according to Youth Services Program Coordinator, Cindy Timmerman, “strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. 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.”

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 information, visit www.ala.org/teenread. For information on Shelby County Libraries’ Teen Read Week programs, email cindyt@sclmail.org, or call 492-8354.

Staff report

This article was submitted by Shelby County Libraries.

This article was submitted by Shelby County Libraries.