YALSA announces new Teen Read Week Manual for Participation

Contact: Nichole Gilbert



For Immediate Release

August 27, 2002

YALSA announces new Teen Read Week Manual for Participation

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announces the release of the first Teen Read Week Manual for Participation. The manual is a compilation of programming ideas and marketing tips that can be used during Teen Read Week in school and public libraries.

In celebration of Teen Read Week's fifth year, programming ideas collected by the YALSA office have been compiled into one easy to use manual. This manual was written and compiled by Amy Alessio, teen coordinator at Schaumburg (Ill.) Township District Library, and Kevin Scanlon, young adult coordinator at Canton (Mich.) Public Library. The manual includes an examination of why teens may not gravitate towards reading; ways to integrate the Web into strategies that encourage teens to read and write; read-alouds for teens that will inspire them to go to the shelves; program ideas from school library media centers and public libraries across the country; and tip sheets and a timeline to make planning for Teen Read Week easier than ever.

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of YALSA. Launched in 1998, Teen Read Week was developed to address a basic concern of our society - the ability and the desire of young adults to read for the fun of it. This initiative is aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults.

The theme for Teen Read Week, October 13-19, 2002, is Get Graphic @ your library™ celebrating the popularity of comics and graphic novels with teen readers. The number of schools, public libraries and bookstores that celebrate Teen Read Week has grown. In 2001 over 1,400 participants registered on the Teen Read Week Web site (
www.ala.org/teenread) and in October 2001 the Web site had over 96,000 hits.

To order the Teen Read Week Manual for Participation (ISBN 0-8389-8207-7) by phone, please call 1-866-SHOP ALA (1-866-746-7252), fax 1-770-442-9742, or write ALA Order Fulfillment, P.O. Box 932501, Atlanta, GA 31193-2501. Be sure to include title and ISBN number. The price for ALA members is $16 and the price for non-ALA members is $18.

For additional information contact the YALSA Office by e-mail at
yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, extension 4390.