Teen Read Week is Oct. 17-23 | PostIndependent.com

Teen Read Week is Oct. 17-23

What do Odysseus’ escape from the Cyclops and Stephen King have in common? The horror of it all, and the teen audience whose appetite for scary stories has made classic and modern tales very strange bedfellows. Teens can indulge their appetite for all things that go bump in the night during Teen Read Week, Oct. 17-23, which will be celebrated at the Glenwood Springs library.This year’s Teen Read Week theme is “It’s Alive @ your library.” Library events nationwide will celebrate the intersection of horror, suspense, black-and-white movies from the ’50s, and even genetic engineering. Teen Read Week is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association (ALA).”The thing we should all be truly afraid of is that young adults will lose or never gain a love of reading,” said YALSA President David Mowery. “Horror has been a part of storytelling from the very beginning, and it continues to ‘grab’ teen readers. Reading for fun is key to developing and maintaining a lifelong reading habit.”Teen Read Week is the only national adolescent literacy initiative. Since its inception in 1998, the event has focused on the importance of teen recreational reading. Teen Read Week’s objectives are to give teens an opportunity to read for the fun of it, allow teens to select their own reading materials, and to help teens get in the habit of reading regularly and often.This year, young adults also are being invited to decide what are the 2004 “Teen’s Top Ten” books by voting online at http://www.ala.org/teenread.

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