Charleston County Public Library along with hundreds of libraries and bookstores across the country will be celebrating the eighth annual Teen Read Week, October 16 – 22, 2005. Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult
Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. This year’s theme, "Get Real! @ your library®," encourages teens to explore the world of nonfiction books, such as biographies, self-help books, strange but true stories, and more.
Pam Spencer Holley, YALSA’s president, feels that "today’s teens seem to have less and less free time, and there are increasingly more activities for them to take part in during what little leisure time they have. That is why it’s important to encourage teens to set aside some time to read." Literacy is a topic of both local and national concern, and falling test scores and lower graduation rates among teens today are a serious issue. Studies show a regular reading habit increases reading proficiency.
Some of the Charleston County Library branches are offering programs during Teen Read Week to encourage teens to read for the fun of it.
The Main Library at 68 Calhoun Street is holding a Teen Read Week Trivia Contest. All week, teens can stop by the Young Adult desk and try to identify the author and title of the day's mystery quote to win a prize.
The Otranto Road Regional Branch at 2261 Otranto Road urges teens to read a book during Teen Read Week and enter for a chance to win a prize.
The Cooper River Memorial Branch at 3503 Rivers Avenue invites teens to join them on Thursday, October 20 at 5 p.m. to explore and discuss the world of non-fiction books, such as biographies and self-help books, strange but true stories and realistic fiction with their peers.
Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home by:
Visiting the local public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
Setting aside time each night for the family to read.
Giving books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.