Library will celebrate "Teen Read" week
Wednesday, October 09, 2013 1:03 PM
PUTNAM COUNTY - All eight locations of the Putnam County District Library (PCDL) will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 13-19, 2013) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for the fun of it. Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms -books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more!
Moreover, according to Director Kelly Ward strong reading skills are more critical than ever because it can translate into better performance at school. This is why it is important to show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.
In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. As many have learned unsurprisingly, the library is a great place to start. "Teen Read Week is a great opportunity to educate teens and their families about all the free services the library can offer while also encouraging teens to explore all the different resources and services it provides.
The Putnam County District Library will be hosting special programs and events during Teen Read Week. A story starter contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Putnam county District Library, will be held with prizes for the top three stories for grades 5 and 6, 7 and 8 and high school students. The story starter can be found at any PCDL Location or on http://mypcdl.org. Other teen events include:
Oct. 15 Frisbee Tic-Tac Toe and Finger Twister
Oct. 16 Wise Crack Wednesday
Oct. 17 Trivia Thursday
Oct. 19 Dress up like a superhero and play a game of Sherlock Holmes
Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home, as well. The PCDL offers these ideas:
Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
Set aside time each night for the family to read.
Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
Share your favorite book with your teen.
Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.
Join the Teen Library Club at the Ottawa Location.