Teen Read Week supporting organization SmartGirl

Contact: Nichole Gilbert


312-280-4387

ngilbert@ala.org

For Immediate Release


October 3, 2003

Teen Read Week supporting organization SmartGirl offers teen reading survey

In conjunction with Teen Read Week, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA
â) is asking librarians to encourage their teenage patrons, young men and women
, ages 12 through 18, to complete an online reading survey offered by SmartGirl.org. Teens may complete surveys on the SmartGirl Web site
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www.smartgirl.org now until October 31, 2003.

Now in its sixth year, Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative of YALSA, a division of the American Library Association.
The theme for Teen Read Week 2003 is “SLAMMIN’ @ your library,” celebrating the popularity of poetry with teen readers.

“Each year we look forward to Teen Read Week as an opportunity to encourage our visitors to be active readers,” explains Tiffany Marra, SmartGirl’s program manager. “SmartGirl recognizes the importance of reading in the lives of teens and recognizes the invaluable contribution of Teen Read Week.
By gathering data about teen reading habits in partnership with Teen Read Week, we hope to develop a deeper understanding of what motivates teens to read and what keeps them ‘Slammin’ @ their libraries.”

This is the fourth time the reading survey has been offered by SmartGirl.org.
In 2002, over 6,000 young men and women completed the survey and voted for the best book they read that year. A report that was issued based on survey results provided invaluable information to librarians about teen reading interest and habits.

“We want to encourage everyone to have all the teens they work with to take part in the survey, and we are already looking forward to getting the results,” said YALSA President Audra Caplan. “We are thankful that SmartGirl feels the same way we do about the importance of teen reading and for their commitment to repeat the survey again this year.”

The mission of SmartGirl, which now resides at the University of Michigan, is to provide a safe, online community where girls and boys, between the ages of 12 and 20 can express themselves.
There are currently 20,000 subscribers to their free monthly newsletter.

Teen Read Week corporate sponsors include Barnes & Noble Booksellers, Harcourt, Inc., Harper Collins 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, The N/Noggin, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association and TeenInk.

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