Put the “Read” in Teen Read Week
Every year teen librarians put together amazing programs at their library in celebration of Teen Read Week. There are craft programs. Zombie proms. Sometimes there are even author events. But how do you put the read in Teen Read Week?
Kick-Off Teen Read Week
Then, for my grand prize, we provided more limo rides, make-overs and nail treatments from a local salon, and dinner gift certificates. A lot of teen programming tends to meet the younger end of the teen audience needs, but this program really drew in the older end of the teen spectrum. And the younger teens enjoyed meeting the older football players.
If you do a homecoming tie-in type of event and are looking for some additional programming during the week you can also do a Project Runway or Project Accessory type of craft program. You can also do a variety of sports related crafts, such as making photo themed frames or booster posters for teens to take to the upcoming game.
Read for the Fun of It
The bottom line is that our goal during TRW is to remind teens that reading isn’t all about reading Ivanhoe because your English teacher is going to test you on it on Monday morning. Our goal is to remind teens that reading is FUN! So our question is: How do we make reading fun?
This is a great time to bust out scary stories, especially since TRW takes place in October. Sit around a “camp fire” with a flashlight and share some spooky tales. Get out your joke books and have a stand up comedy night. Have a poetry slam (or better yet, save that for April which is National Poetry Month). Have a book discussion group and compare a movie to its book. Make your own “Get Caught Reading” posters using your teens. And make sure that they see YOU reading.
Put up a variety of fun displays. Don’t forget to include some of your more offbeat and fun nonfiction titles. Reading for fun doesn’t have to mean reading fiction!
Have a great Teen Read Week . . . and read for the fun of it!
Note: Some organizations, such as Pizza Hut (Book It!) and Target, already do reading related marketing as a part of their community mission. Contact them to see if they will offer prizes for your Teen Read Week programming.
About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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