Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library joins the American Library Association in celebrating the 15th annual Teen Read Week™, October 14-20, with a special costume party for teens on Saturday, October 13, beginning at 3:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.
Teens are invited to come dressed as their favorite book character or from a favorite time period. A fun afternoon is planned, complete with games, food, and prizes.
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.
The rapid growth in the teen-reader population around the country is reflected in the rising number of Young Adult programs and book collections at Fort Bend County Libraries. Teen Advisory Councils throughout the library system are making an impact by suggesting library programs and popular books and authors they would like to have included in the Young Adult area of the library.
Teen programs at Fort Bend County Libraries range from book clubs and DDR tournaments to knitting circles, cake-decorating classes, and Guitar Hero® challenges. Game nights and movie nights are also popular activities.
“The popularity of the Harry Potter series whetted the appetites of young readers, and now that they have discovered that reading can actually be fun, they are chomping at the bit to see what else is out there that is new and exciting to read,” says Susan King, youth services coordinator at Fort Bend County Libraries.
While this technologically-savvy generation of “millenials” – the 10- to 20-year-old population that is second in size only to the Baby Boomers – seems to be embracing literature, literacy continues to be a topic of national concern, and falling test scores and lower graduation rates among teens today are a serious issue. Writers and publishing companies are being challenged to generate increasingly-sophisticated materials for this age group to retain their interest and anticipate future trends.
Rather than falling by the wayside in an increasingly electronic world, books are being integrated into the entertainment industry, as the stories segue into television series, movies, videogames, cartoons and the Internet. Some authors are even creating their own Facebook pages, encouraging more interactivity between themselves and their audience and amongst the teens, as well. Teen reading now extends across a variety of formats, from magazines and newspapers to blogs, graphic novels, and audio books.
For more information on Fort Bend County Libraries’ programs and services for young adults, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.