Thursday, April 16, 2015

Celebrate Teen Literature Day!

Teen reading a book
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Today, April 16, 2015, is Celebrate Teen Literature Day as part of National Library Week.  This event is aimed at raising awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today's teens.

Whether you are an adult who enjoys reading teen books or an adult who promoted young adult books to teens, here are two resources to help you make this most of today's celebration.


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YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, developed a wiki  listing Things You Can Do To Celebrate Teen Literature. Ideas include:


  • Create a display of teen authors (authors who were published when they are in their teens)
  • Highlight the different genres of teen lit (don't forget the graphic novels!)
  • Give a free book to every teen that says a special phrase (For instance, "I love teen literature.")
For more homegrown ideas, visit the "52 Weeks of YA Programming" developed by the Youth Services Section of the Wisconsin Library Association. 
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52 Weeks of YA Programming 
  • Book Faces Submitted by YSS Member Penny Johnson
  • Blind Date with a Book Submitted by YSS Members Brittany Gitzlaff & Carolyn Vidmar
Written by:
Tessa Michaelson Schmidt, Public Library Development Team