For immediate release | April 17, 2012

YALSA opens registration, grant applications for Teen Read Week™

2012 theme is It Came from the Library

CHICAGO — The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), launched its Teen Read Week 2012 website at Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 14-20, with a theme of It Came from the Library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it.

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users.

Registration is open at the website and is free. Visitors to the site will find information about Teen Read Week 2012, including:

  • Planning tools: Find activity ideas, toolkits, checklists, and more
  • The 2012 Logo: Sign up to download a lo-res version of the It Came from the Library logo
  • Grants: Apply for the 2012 Teen Read Week grants, which will offer 10 libraries $1,000 each for TRW plans, funded by Dollar General Literacy Foundation
  • Forums: Talk to your colleagues about your Teen Read Week plans
  • Showcase: List your events and ideas, add your library to the official Google map and more
  • Products: Support the work of ALA and YALSA with official products from ALA Graphics, including a theme-specific Teen Read Week Planning Manual, posters, bookmarks and digital downloads

Nonprofit supporting organizations include, the American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, International Reading Association, Kidsnet, Kids Care, Los Angeles Young Adult Authors, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, readergirlz,, Speak Up Press, Swept Away TV/The Rock Star Stories and TeenInk.

Publishers, vendors and other corporate groups can help YALSA with its work by becoming part of the new YALSA Sponsor Program, which includes Teen Read Week. Find out how you can become a YALSA Partner and be part of Teen Read Week by contacting YALSA's media sales representative, Bill Spilman, at

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. For more information, contact the YALSA office by email at, or by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390.

For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos and audiobooks for teens. For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,


Beth Anne Yoke

Executive Director I

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)

800-545-2433 ext.4391