Teen Read Week partner Barnes & Noble to Get Graphic @ your libraryTM

Contact: Cindy Welch



For Immediate Release

August 27, 2002

Teen Read Week partner Barnes & Noble to Get Graphic @ your library™

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is pleased to announce that for the third straight year Barnes and Noble Booksellers, is a corporate sponsor for the Teen Read Week, 2002. Barnes & Noble, Inc. operates 582 Barnes & Noble and 328 B. Dalton bookstores. Teen Read Week is included on the Barnes & Noble Booksellers' store events calendars nationwide and information about this initiative will be posted on their corporate Web site,

"Get Graphic @ your library™" is the theme of Teen Read Week 2002, which is celebrated in hundreds of schools, bookstores and libraries across the country October 13-19, 2002. Teens are encouraged to "Read For The Fun Of It," so their reading skills will stay sharp and they will develop a lifelong reading habit.

During Teen Read Week, selected Barnes & Noble stores will feature table displays, and host special teen events.

"I'm delighted to once again welcome Barnes & Noble as a sponsor of Teen Read Week," said Caryn Sipos, Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) president. "Working together to connect teens and books is a win-win situation all around. What a great partnership - libraries, booksellers and teens!"

Now in its fifth year, Teen Read Week is a nationally recognized literacy initiative of the YALSA, a division of the American Library Association. This initiative is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. Its goals are:

  • Give teens time to read for the fun of it
  • Allow teens to select their own reading materials
  • Help teens get in the habit of reading regularly and often

In year-round support of this literacy initiative, a special Web site has been developed that allows YALSA to offer booklists, reading research and survey results related to teen reading habits. The Web site can be found at

Other Teen Read Week corporate sponsors include New Line Cinema and Harcourt, Inc. Friends include CrossGen Comics, Scholastic, Dark Horse Comics and Pamela Spencer Holley. Nonprofit partners include: American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Kidsnet, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, SmartGirl.org, The N/Noggin, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association and

For more information about Teen Read Week, visit
www.ala.org/teenread or contact the YALSA Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4390 or e-mail