Teen Read Week™ registration ends Sept. 12

Stephanie Kuenn

YALSA Communications Specialist




For Immediate Release

September 9, 2008

CHICAGO - Registration for Teen Read Week™ ends this Friday, Sept. 12. Registration takes place at the Teen Read Week website,
www.ala.org/teenread. Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 12–18 in thousands of libraries across the United States, with a theme of Books with Bite @ your library.

“Registering for Teen Read Week shows that you support teen literacy and the work YALSA does to advocate for it,” said Sarah Cornish Debraski, YALSA president. “Registration shows community leaders, politicians and other stakeholders the amazing amount of support teen reading and literacy has across the country.”

Those who register will also receive freebies and benefits from the Teen Read Week corporate sponsor and promotional partners. Among many benefits, the first 1,000 registrants in September will receive a complimentary poster for the new film “The Secret Life of Bees.” All registrants will be eligible for drawings for free books from Zest Books and Mirrorstone.

Mirrorstone, a subsidiary of Wizards of the Coast, is the 2008 Corporate Sponsor of Teen Read Week for the second year in a row. Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Evanced solutions, Galaxy Press, Hachette Book Group USA/Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Listening Library/Random House, Scholastic, School Library Journal and Zest Books. Nonprofit supporting organizations include AdLit.org, American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom, International Reading Association, Kidsnet, Kids Care, The N/Noggin, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, SmartGirl.org, Speak Up Press, Swept Away TV/The Rock Star Stories and TeenInk.

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. The general theme of Teen Read Week is “read for the fun of it.” For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at yalsa@ala.org, or by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390

For more than 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,