Teen Read Week™ is an opportunity to help struggling readers

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/20/2015

Contact:

Anna Lam

Communications Specialist

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

alam@ala.org

CHICAGO – The Young Adult Library Services Association encourages schools and libraries everywhere to reach out to struggling teen readers who would benefit from access to libraries and reading materials, including during Teen Read Week, Oct. 18-24, 2015, which is being celebrated with the theme of “Get Away @ your library.”

Nearly one in four eighth-graders in the U.S. cannot read at a basic level, according to Kids Count.  Libraries can play a role in helping more teens become proficient readers, and Teen Read Week is a great opportunity to reach out to teens who are reluctant or struggling readers.

YALSA recommends the following resources to help libraries increase their impact and help more teens build the literacies skills they need to succeed in school and prepare for college, careers and life. 

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.  Join the online discussion with the hashtag #TRW15.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has worked to build the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.  For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to www.ala.org/yalsa, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or email, yalsa@ala.org.