DATE: October 11, 2012
MEDIA CONTACT: Catherine McElrath
“It Came from the Library!” is the theme for this year’s Teen Read Week™ (Oct. 14-20). Broward County Library and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) dare you to read for the fun of it! Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for entertainment and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, eBooks, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users. It is celebrated in public and school libraries, classrooms and bookstores worldwide with activities, events and programs created especially to spark teens' imagination and creativity.
Why is it important to celebrate? Teens have so many options for entertainment, it's important to remind them to spend time reading for pleasure: Reading is free, fun and can be done anywhere!
According to YALSA’s website, research shows that teens who read for fun have better test scores and are more likely to succeed in the workforce. Although most teens realize the importance of reading, with so many activities and options to choose from, reading gets lost in the shuffle. Reading skills get rusty when they are not used. Keep skills honed by visiting the library and selecting from thousands of free books and materials including graphic novels, hot bestsellers and favorite “Young Adult” titles. At Broward County Library, there is always something new to read.
What to Read Next
Looking for a good book, but not sure where to start? Visit Books & Authors, an online resource available from Broward County Library, and browse by character, subject, location and time period. Just visit the site, have your Broward County Library card ready and get lots of great ideas for your next read.
You can also sign up for Wowbrary, a free weekly newsletter about the newest books, movies and music available at Broward County Library. Get lists of titles in all different genres delivered each week to your email.
It Came From the Library – Celebrating Teen Read Week with Broward County Library October 14-20
• October 13 – 3rd Annual Manga-Comic Mini-con Lite: Movies, food, book swap, trivia and raffles, ages 12-18, 1 to 4 p.m., West Regional Library, 8601 W. Broward Blvd., Plantation (954-382-5860)
• October 15-20 – Book Display: It Came from the Library – Dare to Read Book Display, Imperial Point Library, 5985 N. Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale (954-492-1881)
• October 16 – Edible Book Crafts: Create edible crafts inspired by your favorite titles and authors, ages 13-18, 6 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie-Fort Lauderdale (954-262-5477)
• October 16 – New Teen Volunteer Orientation, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Stirling Road Library, 3151 Stirling Road, Hollywood (954-985-2689)
• October 17 – Art Workshop for Teens: “It Came from the Library” with artist DiVitto Kelly, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-357-7444)
• October 19 – Recycle! Make a carton wallet, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Main Library, 100 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale (954-357-7444)
• October 20 – Teen Read-A-Thon, 2 to 4:30 p.m., Pompano Beach Library, 1213 E. Atlantic Blvd., Pompano Beach (954-786-2181)
• October 20 – Author Skype with Pete Hautman: Discuss the book Blank Confession and hear advice for aspiring young authors, ages 13-18, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie-Fort Lauderdale (954-262-5477)
• October 20 – Mysteries of the Mind: Introduction to the Complexities of the mind and demonstration of visual, tactile and perceptual illusions including taste-testing (parental permission required), ages 13-18, 2 to 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Alvin Sherman Library, Research, and Information Technology Center, 3100 Ray Ferrero, Jr. Blvd., Davie-Fort Lauderdale (954-262-5477)
The award-winning Broward County Libraries Division, founded in 1974, is the ninth largest library system in the nation by population served and one of the busiest, with more than 9 million walk-in customers visiting its 40 locations annually. The library has more than 3.4 million items and 2,000 computers for public use and offers hundreds of events and programs to meet the needs of the Broward County's diverse community. The library continues its strong emphasis on literacy, after-school programs and electronic access. In addition to our comprehensive web site, www.broward.org/library, which provides information about library activities, links to online catalogs, reference information and databases, customers can visit BCL WoW – Broward County Library Without Walls – for free eBooks, music, audiobooks, apps and more. Customers may also follow Libraries on Facebook and Twitter. Libraries Division also administers the services, programs, collections and exhibits of the Historical Commission.