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Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives
Edited by Megan Fink for YALSA
Item Number: 978-0-8389-8559-5
Publisher: YALSA
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144 pages
8.5" x 11"
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-8559-5
Year Published: 2011
AP Categories: A, C, E
Each year, the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) sponsors two national literacy initiatives: Teen Read Week™, which encourages teens to read for fun and become regular library users, and Teen Tech Week™, which encourages teens to take advantage of the free technology available at libraries. Since 2003, YALSA’s award-winning quarterly journal, Young Adult Library Services has offered guidance for librarians planning Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week events.

For the first time, YALSA has compiled the best YALS articles on teen reading and teen information literacy into one volume, Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week: Tips and Resources for YALSA’s Initiatives, launching its new Best of YALS series. Editor Megan Fink, middle school librarian at the Charlotte Country Day School and a former Teen Read Week chair, selected articles to form a manual that will offer guidance to librarians planning their annual events, with advice on best practices, collection development, outreach and marketing, program ideas and more.

In addition, YA authors Walter Dean Myers and Cynthia Leitich Smith and Best Teen Read Week contest winners Elizabeth Kahn and Jennifer Velásquez contributed original content about the importance of these initiatives and how they support teens’ information needs, along with an introduction by YALSA past president Judy Nelson.

This project was funded by a 2010 Carnegie-Whitney Grant from the American Library Association.
Table of Contents


Judy Nelson, with contributions from Cynthia Leitich Smith

Part I: Teen Read Week
Introduction: Teen Read Week: For More than the Fun of It
by Megan Fink, with contributions from Walter Dean Myers, and Elizabeth Kahn

Chapter 1: Teen Read Week Best Practices
  • “Powering up with Print” by Patrick Jones
  • “Perspectives on Practice: Young Adult Collections” by Mary K. Chelton
  • “Break Through to the Other Side: Get Adult Services Staff to Buy Into Teen Read Week” by Carla Land
Chapter 2: Teen Read Week Programming
  • “Academic Librarians Organize Sixth Grade Reading Club” by Iona Malanchuk
  •  “Crafting Cheap and Successful Teen Programs” by Charli Osborne
  • “The Book vs. The Movie” by Jessie Vieau
  • “Write Here, Write Now: Holding a Creative Writing Workshop at Your Library”
  • “Lessons Illustrated by Teen Read Week” by Jennifer Velasquez
Chapter 3: Teen Read Week Collection Development
  • “Go Ahead, Judge a Book by Its Cover” by Darcy Lohmiller
  • “Emergence of Spoken Word Recordings for YA Audiences” by Francisca Goldsmith
  • “Reading: It’s Not Just About the Books” by Linda Braun
  • “What do You Want to Tell Us About Reading? A Survey of the Habits and Attitudes of Urban Middle School Students” by Sandra Hughes-Hassell
  • “I Got Graphic!” by Jodi Lockbee
Chapter 4: Teen Read Week Marketing, Promotion and Outreach
  • “Get Real! Booktalking Nonfiction for Teens”
  • “Fifty Ways to Promote Teen Reading” by CD McLean  
  • “Get Real! Book Talking Nonfiction for TRW” by Jane Charles
  • “Teen Read Week Collaboration” by Megan Fink
  • “Popular Culture and Teens” by Kimberlee Ried and Kaite Mediatore Stover
  • “Easy on the Eyes: Large Print Books for Teens” by Elizabeth Burns
Part II: Teen Tech Week
Introduction: Teen Tech Week and Teens
by Linda Braun

Chapter 5: Teen Tech Week Best Practices
  • “Teen Tech Squad: Hennepin County Library” by Cynthia Matthias and Christy Mulligan
  • “What? No Books?” by Julie Scordato
  • “Online Homework Help” by Judy Michaelson
Chapter 6: Celebrating Teen Tech Week in Challenging Situations
  • “Teen Tech Week on a Budget”by Jami Schwarzwalder
  • “Free Online Tools for Serving Teens: Four Verbs to Live by and Great Technologies to Try” by Mary Fran Daley
  • “Now is the Time” by Kim Herrington
Chapter 7: Teen Tech Week Programming
  • “Alex, iPods and My Wildest Dreams” by Shonda Brisco
  • “Teen Book Discussions Go Online” by Cathy Rettberg
  • “All Thumbs Isn’t a Bad Thing” by Beth Saxton
  • “Gaming in Libraries 2.0” by Katherine Makens
  • “Bending Circuits and Making Music” by Camden Tadhg
Chapter 8: Teen Tech Week Marketing, Outreach, and Promotion
  • “What Teens Want: What Librarians Can Learn from MTV” by Erin Helmrich
  •  “Advocating for Teens’ Technological Needs: A Q&A with Stephen Abram” by YALSA’s Technology for Young Adults Committee
  • “Partnerships for Teen Tech Week” by Stephanie Iser
  • “Marketing the Homework Center Digitally” by Suellen S. Adams
  • “Technology for Every Teen @Your Library” by Vikki Terrile
Appendix A: YALSA White Papers
Appendix B: YALSA’s Social Networking Toolkit
Appendix C: YALSA’s Ultimate Teen Bookshelf
Appendix D: Publicity Templates for Teen Read Week and Teen Tech Week

About the Editor

Megan Fink is middle school librarian and advisor at Charlotte Country Day School, in Charlotte, North Carolina. A former Teen Read Week committee chair, Fink worked in children’s publishing before earning her MLS at the University of North Carolina and has written multiple articles for Young Adult Library Services,, Book Links, and the Charlotte Observer.

Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) YALSA's mission is to advocate, promote and strengthen library service to teens, ages 12-18, as part of the continuum of total library services, and to support those who provide library service to this population.

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