Reading beyond reality

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Area teens will be reading some exciting stuff as celebrate Teen Read Week, October 18 – 24, 2009, with the theme, “Read Beyond Reality.” Part of this celebration includes a lineup of exciting sci-fi and fantasy themed events including author visits, book clubs, the Amazing Race Library Edition (how fun is that!), movies, scavenger hunts, and more. It is the Library’s hope that teens will join in the fun, and rediscover just how enjoyable reading can be. See the Teen Read Week Event Schedule.

Personally, I find teen books to be very enjoyable, even as an adult. Several of the Library’s teen book clubs will be discussing “The Hunger Games,” which I’ve read recently — and really liked. If you’re the parent of a teen, you can also celebrate Teen Read Week. Studies show a regular reading habit increases reading proficiency, and one of the most important ways teens acquire the habit is by watching adults they respect. Here are some ideas:

  • Set aside time each night 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.
  • Explore the web with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is the Library’s teen site www.libraryloft.org.
  • Join a book discussion group at the public library.
  • Visit the library with your teen to bring them to a Teen Read Week event and check out books while you’re there

Do you like to read teen books, too? Tell us some of your favorites.

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2 Responses to “Reading beyond reality”

  1. Laura H Says:

    As the mother of three teenagers and a library science student, I’ve been reading young adult fiction for years. I just finished “The Forest of Hands and Teeth.” What an incredibly beautiful, creepy book!

  2. Sarah Poole Says:

    Thanks for sharing, Laura!

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