Teens pick Books With Bite @ Your Library

Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist, YALSA



For Immediate Release,

November 20, 2007

Teens pick Books With Bite @ Your Library

CHICAGO -More than 1,000 teens across the United States chose Books with Bite @ your library
® as the 2008 Teen Read Week theme, announced the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA). The theme was chosen in an online vote at
www.ala.org/teenread during Teen Read Week 2007.

"Every year YALSA has an engaging and timely theme for TRW, and 2008 will be no different when we kick off Teen Read Week on Oct. 12, 2008," said YALSA President Paula Brehm-Heeger. "It's no coincidence that Stephenie Meyer's 'New Moon,' the continuing story of teenage human Bella and forever-teenage vampire Edward won our Teens' Top Ten contest this year! This theme is full of potential, and I can't wait to see what YALSA members come up with in 2008."

Teen Read Week is a national literacy initiative aimed at teens, their parents, librarians, educators, booksellers and other concerned adults. The purpose of the event is to increase the number of teens who are regular readers and library users. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. Teen Read Week 2008 will be celebrated Oct. 12-18, 2008. For more information, visit the Teen Read Week Web site at

For 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
www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail: