Teen Read Week kick off event to be held at the Glendale (Calif.) Public Library

Contact: Nichole Gilbert

YALSA Program Officer


For Immediate Release

September 20, 2005

Teen Read Week kick off event to be held at the Glendale (Calif.) Public Library

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), will be hosting a Teen Read Week kick off event at the Central Public Library in Glendale, Calif., on October 19, 2005. Over 200 local teens, grades 7 to 12, have been invited to attend the event that will include an appearance by Teen Read Week spokesperson Rey Mysterio
® and author Ron Koertge.

“We're fortunate to have such an enthusiastic Teen Read Week spokesperson join us, Rey Mysterio, along with a well known young adult author, as we turn national attention to the importance of teens reading for the fun of it,” said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley.

YALSA member Bridgid Fennell is the Teen and Reference Librarian for the Glendale Public Library. She is working to help coordinate the event. “This has been a unique experience and a great opportunity to work with the schools in my area,” said Fennell.

Rey Mysterio is a World Wrestling Entertainment
® (WWE) SmackDown!
® Superstar, and Koertge is the Harcourt Trade Publishers author of “Stoner & Spaz,” “Brimstone Journals,” and other books for young adults. WWE and Harcourt Trade Publishers are both sponsors of Teen Read Week.

Sponsored by YALSA, Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative to encourage teens to take time to ‘read for the fun of it.’ This year's theme is “Get Real! @ your library

Throughout the week, library and school events nationwide will encourage teens to explore the world of nonfiction books, such as biographies, self-help books, strange-but-true stories and more. Teens also can vote for their favorite books during Teen Read Week by logging online and checking out recommendations from the Teens Top Ten:

Since its inception in 1998, Teen Read Week has focused on the importance of teen recreational reading. Teen Read Week's objectives are to give teens an opportunity to read for the fun of it, allow teens to select their own reading materials and to help teens get in the habit of reading regularly and often.

For more information about Teen Read Week and recommended reading, please visit the Web at

Trademarks: The names of all World Wrestling Entertainment televised and live programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans and wrestling moves and all World Wrestling Entertainment logos are trademarks, which are the exclusive property of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.