Celebrate Support Teen Literature Day, April 12

On April 12, 2012, librarians across the county will participate in Support Teen Literature Day to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Why? Because it is!

Sponsored by YALSA, Support Teen Literature Day seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials. It’s one of the many events that take place each year during National Library Week (April 8 – 14, 2012).

“Young adult librarians throughout the U.S. work year round to support teen literature and make sure that teens have access to a wide variety of books to choose from,” said YALSA president Sarah Flowers. “Support Teen Literature Day provides libraries with the opportunity to discuss the benefits of teen reading and to ensure that it is an important priority in every community.”

New to Support Teen Literature Day this year is a fundraising campaign called “Booze for Books.”  Aimed at raising money to support literacy for needy teens, the “Booze for Books” campaign encourages those who would like to participate to host an event to raise funds for Books for Teens, a program which aims to give libraries funds to purchase age-appropriate, high-quality recent materials for teens.

Also on Support Teen Literature Day, YALSA will also announce the nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten, a booklist where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. The nominations will be posted on the web so teens across the country can be reading them all summer. Voting will open this August and September and the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week, Oct. 14 – 20, 2012.

Submitted by Jennifer Petersen, Public Information Office

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