TeenTober is a new, nationwide celebration hosted by libraries every October to celebrate YOU! Let's learn new skills, and fuel your passions in and outside the library.
Although celebrating may be a bit different this year, YALSA would like to still hear from you! If you're celebrating, be sure to share your photos and programs with us with @ps_greene and @yalsa and use #TeenTober.
- Week 1: Literacies
- Week 2: Writing
- Week 3: Technology & Gaming
- Week 4: Art & Music
Teen Read Week began in 1998. The continuing message of the Teen Read Week initiative is to encourage 12-18 year olds to "Read For The Fun Of It". Each year an annual theme allows YALSA to focus on timely topics and teen interests. Teen Read Week is celebrated the same week as Columbus Day every year.
The official website for TeenTober includes information on getting ready, registering, and celebrating the month-long event with young adults.
- Choices Booklists: Young Adults' Choices
Have students check out the Young Adults' Choices list, a collection of books selected by teams of teenage reviewers.
- Text Messages podcast
Learn about more books for teens through this ReadWriteThink.org podcast series. Review past episodes and subscribe so that you don't miss future ones.
- YALSA Blog - The Hub
This blog includes information about books for young adults, including reviews and links to podcasts.
Banned Book Week
First launched in 1982. Banned Books Week is an American Library's annual event in celebrating the freedom to read and highlighting the value of free and open access to information.
Each book that is banned or censored is done so for the content within the pages. There are a few common reasons that books have been banned or censored in schools, libraries, and book stores. These include:
- Racial Issues
- Encouragement of "Damaging" Lifestyles
- Blasphemous Dialog
- Sexual Situations or Dialog
- Violence or Negativity
- Presence of Witchcraft
- Religious Affiliations (unpopular religions)
- Political Bias
- Age Inappropriate