Read Beyond Your Reality @ Your Library

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Readbeyondreality_001.jpgGreenwich Library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ October 18 - 24, 2009. This year's theme is "Read Beyond Reality @ your library®." Teen Read Week(TM) is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association. This year's theme encourages teens to read a wide variety of materials that are out of this world, just for the fun of it.

"Today's teens seem to have less and less free time, and there are increasingly more activities for them to take part in during what little leisure time they have," said Carol Mahoney, Library director. "That is why it's important to encourage teens to set aside some time to read."

Mahoney hopes to increase teen literacy locally by offering a series of programs for teens during Teen Read Week(TM).

On Sunday, October 18, test your skills in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians Trivia Show with Christopher Hurlbert at 2 pm in the Meeting Room. Open to students in grades 5 and up.

On Thursday, October 22, join Middle School Book Club at 4:30 pm in the Meeting Room. Enter a world of secrets, magic and danger...Our monthly book discussion group for teens and pre-teens in grades 6-8 will discuss Skullduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy. To register, visit the Children's Desk to pick up a copy of the book.

Celebrate Halloween at Greenwich Library on Saturday, October 24 at 1 pm for our annual Pumpkin Carving party. Students in grades 6, 7 & 8 are invited to carve a classic jack-o-lantern or create their own design. Refreshments will be served. Free, bring only your creativity. Registration is required beginning Monday, October 5. Contact Teen Services Librarian Margaret Walsh at 203-622-7915 or to reserve your place.

Studies show a regular reading habit increases reading proficiency, and Teen Services librarian Margaret Walsh agrees. "One of the most important ways teens acquire the habit is by watching adults they respect," says Walsh.

Being around adults who are avid readers can counteract the latest statistics from The Nation's Report Card, which indicate that in homes across America the number of different types of reading materials has decreased, and a smaller percentage of seventeen-year-olds saw adults reading in their homes.

Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week(TM) at home. Walsh offers these ideas:

*Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.

*Set aside time each night for the family to read.

*Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.

*Share your favorite book with your teen.

*Surf the web with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is YALSA's Booklist's page.

*Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.

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