Picture It @ Your Library: Teen Read Week, October 16 - 22

YALSA Teen Read Week 2011 Picture It! official banner
Adults—usually teachers or well-meaning relatives—are always urging teens to read one book or another, and most of the time it is not necessarily because the book is particularly good, but because it is supposed to be good for the teen. Libraries, families and other organizations that participate in Teen Read Week do just the opposite. They encourage teens to read for the sheer pleasure of it.

Teen Read Week, which this year runs October 16 – 22, is a nationwide literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). This year the theme is Picture It @ your library®, which encourages teens to read graphic novels and other illustrated materials, seek out creative books, or imagine the world through literature, just for the fun of it.

While Teen Read Week emphasizes the pleasure of reading, the fact is that reading for pleasure has real benefits for readers and their communities. Studies have repeatedly shown that teens who read for fun tend to score better on tests and enjoy better-paying, more satisfying jobs when they join the workforce. Additionally, readers also tend to be more active in their communities: A Cornell University study showed that people who read for pleasure are three times more likely to perform volunteer and charity work than people who do not.

With teens’ entertainment options multiplying and free time dwindling, reading can easily become an afterthought. During Teen Read Week, Harris County Public Library wants to remind teens and their families that its collection has something to suit every interest and taste, including a variety of graphic novels, manga and other illustrated materials just for teens. Best of all, it is free.

To celebrate Teen Read Week, HCPL branches will present a variety of programs and events.

 

Programs and Events

Kingwood Branch Library
October 17- October 22.
Re-Design your Favorite Book Cover Contest: Just about any kind of art is eligible: collages, drawings, mixed media, digital media, etc. Artwork will be displayed in the Teen Room through October. See staff or call 281-360-6804 for details.

Aldine Branch Library
Monday, October 17
Web 2.Yo! Teen Read Week: Learn about new online tools and resources that will feed your need to read.

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Monday, October 17
Freeman Teen Film Club: Come to the Teen Zone for a cool movie and snacks

Atascocita Branch Library
Monday, October 17
Graphic Novel Book Club: Bring your favorite graphic novel—from manga to Marvel—to discuss with the group.

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Tuesday, October 18
Homework Hour: Do you need help finding sources for that big paper, or assistance citing your sources? Is Microsoft PowerPoint giving you fits, or do you just need a place to get together for a group project? Stop by the Teen Zone. Snacks will be provided.

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Wednesday, October 19
Teen Scavenger Hunt: Enter and compete for a chance to win prizes in this library-themed scavenger hunt.

Atascocita Branch Library
Wednesday, October 19
Zine Scene: Artists and writers! Come learn about making your own zine and get a little practice  putting together the first edition of the library’s zine.

Clear Lake City-County Freeman Branch Library
Thursday, October 20
Game On! Video games, card games, board games, and more at your library!

Atascocita Branch Library
Thursday, October 20
Picture It!: Teen Art Show: A celebration of the creativity of local teens.

Tomball College & Community Library
Thursday, October 20
Teen Movie Night: Join us for an awesome flick.

Barbara Bush Branch Library
Saturday, October 22
Scream-In: Join us for a night of scream-fueled fun! Costume contest, Scream Queen Contest, crafts, activities and more. Registration required. Signed permission form is required before registration.

All programs are free and open to the public.  For more information about the branch closest to you, call 713-749-9000 or log on to www.hcpl.net