Friday, October 14, 2011

Teen Read Week (October 16-22)

(And what’s this about prizes!?)

Many teens are not reading or reading less for fun these days. So what you say? Studies have shown that teens who read more for pleasure do better in school and on tests. To encourage reading, Teen Read Week was started by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) in 1998.

With friends, TV, computers, cell phones, and school and extracurricular activities competing for the attention of teens, Teen Read Week is a way to refocus teens on reading again. It is a way for the library to highlight the importance of reading and a fun way to reach out to teens.

How can I win prizes during Teen Read Week?!
This year's 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. Two fun and creative activities that the library has planned in recognition of Teen Read Week are the Picture It @ Your Library Scavenger Hunt and Teen Art Contest for grades 7-12.

SCAVENGER HUNT (Deadline: Oct. 22): Teens are ask to identify 16 pictures of objects found within the Library. The person who names the highest number the fastest wins a $25.00 AMC movie gift card. All other finishers will be entered into a drawing for an additional gift card. 

Click here for Scavenger Hunt Information and Answer Sheet.

TEEN ART CONTEST (Deadline: Nov. 20): Teens are invited to enter the Santa Clara City Library Teen Art Contest. Entries must be an original piece of art with the theme, "Picture It @ Your Library.” Submissions should reflect how the artist views the library’s impact or role in the lives of people and/or society. Why are libraries important? What are they used for? Who uses libraries? What do libraries mean to you? The grand prize is a Barnes & Noble Nook E-Reader and gift card. Cash prizes will also be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places in middle and high school categories.

Click here for information and an official entry form for the Teen Art Contest.

This contest is made possible with the generous support of the Michael J. Kirsch Foundation and a member of the Foundation and Friends of the Library.

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