Bertha Bartlett Public Library news

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

—Denise Froehlich

Bertha Bartlett Public Library (BBPL) will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 12-18, 2014) with a special early-out program on Wednesday, October 15, aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Turn Dreams into Reality @ your library.

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! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Moreover, according to Denise Froehlich, teen librarian at BBPL, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. BBPL offers these ideas:

*Set aside time each day 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 by visiting www.ala.org/yalsa/reads4teens, or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app

*Host a book discussion group

*Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)

*Listen to audiobooks on trips

*Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home

*Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading

*Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too

*Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

The teen early-out program is from 3:30 to 4:15 on October 15. BBPL will also have programs for tweens (5th to 7th grades) on October 15 from 2 to 3 p.m. and Kids Of Our Library (kindergarten through 4th grades) from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.