Teen Read Week: Unleash Your Story

This week is the Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teen Read Week , where we librarians like to jump up and down and say, “Hey, we know school just started, but don’t forget how fun it is to read!”  (Okay, maybe we’re not all literally jumping up and down… but a few of us are!)

This year’s theme is “Unleash Your Story,” and there are a few easy ways you can unleash the story inside of you.

First off, you can come check out our online Teen Writing Group.

There you’ll get to practice your creative writing alongside other local teens, and get great feedback and tips from librarians and other aspiring authors. You’ll be able to check out the daily writing prompts for inspiration, and submit pieces to be published on the website.  Teens have written everything from poetry to short stories, to first chapters of their first sci-fi novels.  (This summer was a busy time for our local authors, so be sure to go back in the archives to summer months to get a good taste for how fun and inspiring it is to be part of this group of creative souls.) This is a great way to get your mental juices flowing, and, since it’s online, you can participate whenever you feel inspiration strike.

But if writing isn’t your thing, we’d invite you to unleash your opinion on YALSA’s Teen Top 10 Books of 2017 survey, and tell the world which stories matter to you.  Every year YALSA has teens vote on their favorite books that were published in the past year, and there are some really great contenders in this year’s lineup. Click the video to see the titles, as presented by the stars of the film Everything, Everything, whose book by Nicola Yoon was on the  Teens Top 10 list for 2016.

While we hope that every week is Teen Read Week for you, this week we’d especially love to see you in our libraries this week, picking out fun stuff to read or picking our brains for book suggestions. Happy reading, all!

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