Contact: Nichole Gilbert


312-280-4387



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For Immediate Release


October 17, 2003

The N Joins YALSA's Teen Read Week Celebration!


The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is proud to announce that The N, Noggin's cable television network for teens, will again provide on-air support for Teen Read Week.
This the second year that The N has been involved with Teen Read Week, a national adolescent literacy initiative, sponsored by YALSA, which encourages teens to "read for the fun of it."

Teen Read Week will be celebrated in hundreds of schools and public libraries across the country, October 19 - 25, 2003. Slammin' @ your library, the week's theme, will highlight the popularity of poetry with teen readers.
Now in its sixth year, Teen Read Week reminds teens, parents and educators of the importance of reading for pleasure. Reading not only improves grades; it leads to a lifetime of learning and enjoyment.

In an effort to generate teen and adult awareness, The N is creating "Slammin' Spots" that feature teen poets reading original poetry. The PSAs encourage teens to visit their local libraries to find poetry or to create works of their own. The public service announcements (PSA) will air over 35 million cable, digital cable and satellite channels.

"We are very happy continue our partnership with The N for a 2nd consecutive Teen Read Week," commented YALSA president Audra Caplan.
"This year's theme, Slammin' @ your library, affords the opportunity for this wonderful collaborative effort.
The slam poetry pieces will encourage teens across the country to participate in their own slam sessions and the program sheets will be a great resource for school and public librarians."

The N has created a sheet of suggestions for poetry programming in school library media centers and public libraries.
The programming sheet is part of a 'surprise package' for librarians, teachers, or teens that register for Teen Read Week.
Registration can be done online at

www.ala.org/teenread
, or by fax
312-664-7459,
or by mail. Mailed registrations forms will only be accepted if received or postmarked by October 25, 2003.

"The N is proud to be a part of Teen Read Week for the second year in a row, supporting the initiative with on-air, online and through teacher support materials," said The N General Manager Tom Ascheim.
"Not only does this partnership promote literacy among our teen audience, but it encourages creative thinking and expression by giving teens the opportunity to read, create and perform their own poetry."

Teen Read Week corporate sponsors include New Line Cinema, Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Harcourt, Inc., HarperCollins and Morningstar Foods.
Friends include Scholastic 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, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association and
TeenInk.

For more information visit YALSA’s Web site at

www.ala.org/teenread
, by e-mail at
yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at 800-545-2433, ext. 4391.

YALSA is a division of the American Library Association (ALA).