Celebrate Teen Read Week, October 17-23. This year’s theme, Books with Beat @ your library®, emphasizes poetry, music, and audio books, as well as reading for the fun of it. Teen Read Week has been sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) since 1998.
According to the Alliance for Excellence, “Twenty-six percent of eighth-grade students and 27 percent of twelfth-grade students score below the basic level, which means they do not even have partial mastery of the appropriate grade-level knowledge and skills.”
The YALSA states that students who read for fun show better test scores and greater chances for success in the workplace. Therefore, public libraries across the country will be participating in special events and hosting activities like movie screenings, poetry slams, and singing contests to draw teens in and remind them what libraries can offer. Teen book clubs are reading books focused on music, such as Broken Chords by Barbara Snow Gilbert (710L) and Boots and the Seven Leaguers by Jane Yolen (640L) as a way to interest more students in reading.
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