Special events and programs will be offered and are aimed at encouraging area teens 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, “Books with Beat @ your library,” which encourages teens to read a variety of materials, including poetry, audio books, books about music, etc.
Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest -growing division of the American Library Association.
“Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever – web videos, social networking sites, video games, after school activities, athletics – and increasingly high expectations in the classroom,” said Liz Gautreaux, St. Martin Library’s children’s coordinator.
“It’s important that we show them that reading is something that’s fun and relaxing one can do for free, and that reading for fun can translate into a better performance at school,” added Gautreaux.
In addition, Gautreaux hopes to show parents and other concerned community members what the library can offer by hosting special programs and events during Teen Read Week. The St. Martinville, Breaux Bridge and Cecilia branches have programs which include a Wii Rock Band party, free jewelrymaking classes and will host a free scary movie night. Breaux Bridge is also offering a free comic drawing class.
All branches will also have a Movie Poster Contest, where a poster is designed from the teen’s favorite book.
“Many families have learned to make do with less as aresult of the economy and have flocked to he library,” Gautreaux said.
(For more information, contact Liz Gautreaux at 394-2207 ext. 15.)