Last chance to register for Teen Read Week™

Contact: Stephanie Kuenn

Communications Specialist



For Immediate Release

Sept. 8, 2009

CHICAGO —Registration for Teen Read Week™ closes on Sept. 18. Teen Read Week is an annual literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association (ALA). Teen Read Week will be celebrated Oct. 18-24 in thousands of libraries across the United States, with a theme of Read Beyond Reality @ your library, which encourages teens to read something out of this world, just for the fun of it.

“One of the best ways for libraries to show that they want to provide high-quality service to teens is by giving adolescents opportunities to read materials that support their personal needs and interests,” said YALSA President Linda Braun. “Registering for Teen Read Week helps YALSA highlight the importance of supporting teen reading, literacy and libraries.”

After registering, librarians can visit the Teen Read Week Web site at to find program ideas, helpful planning resources, tools for publicizing events and more.

Teen Read Week Promotional Partners include ALA Graphics, Evanced Solutions, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Galaxy Press, Henry Holt, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Random House/Listening Library and Walden Media. Nonprofit supporting organizations include, the American Association of School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, Cable in the Classroom,, International Reading Association, Kidsnet, Kids Care, Los Angeles Young Adult Authors, The N/Noggin, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, readergirlz,, 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. It began in 1998 and is celebrated the third week in October. For more information, contact the YALSA office by e-mail at, 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, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail,