Teen Read Week's 2006 Web site launched

Contact: Nichole Gilbert
Program Officer
For Immediate Release
April 18, 2006

Teen Read Week's

2006 Web site launched

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), is pleased to announce that the Web site associated with Teen Read Week

2006 has been launched.
"Get Active @ your library®," the theme for Teen Read Week

2006, seeks to encourage teens to read for the fun of it and use the resources at their libraries to help them lead active lives and find books on sports, fitness, volunteerism, activism, college preparation career direction, and more.
This year's celebration will be held October 15-21, 2006.

The Teen Read Week

Web site, www.ala.org/teenread, includes annotated lists of recommended reading for teens; tips for planning and promoting Teen Read Week events locally; Teen Read Week

products available for purchase; links to the Teens' Top Ten, a list of book favorites chosen by teens; resources to help generate publicity about library events and more.
This year, participants who officially register for Teen Read Week

on the Web site can download the Get Active @ your library logo.

Now in its ninth year, the number of school library media centers, public libraries and bookstores that celebrate Teen Read Week

has grown steadily over the years.
In 2005, over 4,600 participants registered on the Teen Read Week

Web site (www.ala.org/teenread), more than 3 times as many that registered in 2005.

"When teens don't read their reading skills get rusty," said YALSA President Pam Spencer Holley.
"Research shows that teens who read for fun-not just for school-score significantly higher on standardized reading tests.
Encouraging teens to read during Teen Read Week

is one way to help teens do well in school and become life-long readers."

Orca Book Publishers, an official Friend of Teen Read Week

, will offer new titles to any new regular member who joins YALSA between now and September 15.
Details will be available on the Teen Read Week

Web site.

Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing also is an official Friend of Teen Read Week

Teen Read Week

's nonprofit supporting organizations include:
American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, KIDSNET, Kids Care, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Council of Teachers of English, SmartGirl.org, National Education Association, National School Board Association, PBS, Speak Up Press, International Reading Association, TeenInk and The N/Noggin.

For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4387.

For nearly 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens.
For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to
, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail: yalsa@ala.org.