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There are a number of ways to interpret this year’s theme, Picture It @ your library®! We’ve brainstormed a few program ideas and created a timeline to help you plan. You can also download a
Teen Read Week Planning Form (Word doc) to help you brainstorm.

For more great programming ideas or to share your own, visit the
Teen Read Week Wiki or add your programs to our interactive
Google Map.

2011 Teen Read Week Activities in a larger map


Picture It Display Contest

Ask your teens to recommend their favorite graphic novels, sci-fi or fantasy books, or anything else that fits the theme, and post their choices on your shelves and in the teen area. Get your teens to create “movie posters” based on books that fall under the Picture It theme and display them around your library with the books.

Reward the best displays and posters with a gift certificate to a bookstore.

Book Bracketology

Set up a March Madness-style tournament this summer or in the month leading up to Teen Read Week. Have teens choose their favorite books, and have them vote each week for a winner of each match up. Find books this year’s
Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, or the
Teens' Top Ten nominations.

Picture It Film Festival

Plan a movie event at your library with this year’s theme! Consider a “Read-the-Book/See-the-Movie” theme—try
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi or a fantasy series (Harry Potter, The Lightning Thief, etc.) Be sure to obtain a
Public Performance License before showing any movies at the library.

Art Appreciation Workshop

Partner with a local museum and plan an art appreciation or art careers event! Work with the curator to highlight artwork in the museum’s collection that may appeal to teens and find books to help them learn more about those works. The curator can also discuss his or her career and how he or she got her job.

Make Your Own Graphic Novel or Manga Workshop

Host a workshop at your library to teach teens how to create their own graphic novels or manga. Enlist a local artist with experience in either art form, or use materials like
Digital Manga Workshop: An Artist’s Guide to Creating Manga Illustrations on Your Computer by Jared Hodges and Lindsay Cibos or
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden.

Photography Workshop

Bring in a local photographer to talk about his or her work! They can lead a mini-photography workshop for teens and show them how to take and edit photos using software available at the library or free photo editing tools like ( or Gimp ( or online editors like Aviary’s Phoenix ( or FotoFlexer ( Highlight books featuring famous photographers like Ansel Adams, Annie Leibovitz, or Mary Ellen Mark.

Create Your Own
My So-Called Digital Life

Take inspiration from the 2007 Quick Pick title
My So-Called Digital Life: 2,000 Teenagers, 300 Cameras, and 30 Days to Document Their World, edited by Bob Pletka. Encourage teens to document their daily lives in the weeks or months leading up to Teen Read Week. Create a slideshow or online photo album with the results to share at your library.

Create Short Films & Book Trailers

Encourage teens to use free tools on the Web to create short films about the library or book trailers! If your library has video cameras (like the Flip), you can have teens shoot and edit videos using those. You can also use tools like Xtranormal ( or Animoto ( Looking for tips on making great book trailers? Check out this
blog post from librarian Naomi Bates!

Illustrator Visit

For a twist on the author visit, bring in an illustrator! You can find potential authors and illustrators through
YALSA’s YA Authors by State list or check with the
Children’s Book Council or Society of
Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Teen Read Week Planning Timeline


  • Register to participate at
  • Check out the
    Teens’ Top Ten nominations and work with your Teen Advisory Group (TAG) to come up with ideas to ensure that teens are reading the nominations all summer so they are ready to vote for their favorites.
  • Order
    Teens’ Top Ten nominees not already in your collection, so they will be available for check out in time for summer reading


  • Work with your TAG to create book talks (digital, audio, live) for the
    Teens’ Top Ten nominees
  • Visit teens in schools, community centers, etc. and book talk the
    Teens’ Top Ten books
  • Meet with your TAG to decide how best to celebrate Teen Read Week (TRW) in your library
  • Based on your TAG meeting(s), write up a proposal and budget to share with your supervisor
  • Communicate your plans to the library staff and get any TRW events on the library and community calendars


  • Promote the Teens’ Top Ten nominees with your summer reading program
  • Read the summer issue of

    Young Adult Library Services
    for TRW ideas and resources
  • Continue planning with your TAG. Think about what area organizations might be good to partner with. Once you know what your plans are, share them on the
    Teen Read Week Wiki.
  • Order supplies and promotional materials.
    ALA Graphics has official posters, bookmarks, digital downloads, and more.


  • Continue to promote the Teens’ Top Ten nominees along with your summer reading program
  • Contact & confirm presenters or speakers for your TRW events
  • Send VIPs invitations to attend TRW events
  • Work with your TAG to identify ways to market TRW events then create marketing materials
  • Encourage teens to vote online for their
    Teens’ Top Ten favorites


  • Market TRW events to area teens
  • Invite local press and media to TRW events (use the
    publicity tools on our website)
  • Find volunteers to be photographers or videographers for your TRW events
  • Work with your TAG to finalize plans
  • Update and prepare library staff for TRW
  • Work with your TAG to create a TRW display in the library, school, or community center.
  • Encourage teens to vote online for their
    Teens’ Top Ten favorites


  • Contact local press and media to confirm attendance at events
  • Contact VIPs to remind them of the events
  • Work with your TAG to implement events
  • Evaluate your efforts
  • Send thank yous to volunteers, press, VIPs
  • Send press wrap up press release, photos, and any other post-event publicity material.