This message was posted on the lm_net listserv by Beth Yoke

“Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative of YALSA that encourages teens to make time to read for the fun of it, and is celebrated this year from Oct. 16-22. This year’s theme is “Get Real! @ your library” and encourages teens to explore the world of nonfiction books, such as biographies, how-to books, strange but true stories and more. To learn more or to access free resources to help you celebrate this event, go to www.ala.org/teenread.

Why should you participate in Teen Read Week? Because according to the National Assessment for Educational Progress, the number of 17-year-olds who reported never or hardly ever reading for fun rose from 9 percent in 1984 to 19 percent in 2004. The percentage of 17-year-olds who read daily dropped from 31 to 22 percent. Furthermore, students who indicated that they read for fun almost every day had higher average reading scores in 2004 than those who said that they never or hardly ever read for fun.”

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