“Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms…”

By Amy Dettmer, Assistant Library Director

The GraLibrary Logond Rapids Area Library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ from October 14 to 20, 2012, aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, “It Came from the Library,” which dares teens to read for the fun of it!

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more — and become regular library users. It is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association.

Check out what’s happening during the week for teens:

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Explode! For Teens

Get ready to EXPLODE! Stick bombs, that is. Try out some kinetic engineering-build different patterns with sticks and watch’em explode. Bring safety goggles if you have them. We’ll video the results.

Teen Survey

Teens stop at the reference desk to pick up a survey, complete it, and get a coupon for up to $5.00 off library fines.

Looking for something to read? Check out some of these teen books!

“Secret Journeys of Jack London: The Wild” by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon. Seventeen-year-old Jack London makes the arduous journey to the Yukon’s gold fields in 1893, becoming increasingly uneasy about supernatural forces in the wilderness that seem to have taken a special interest in him.

“Ruby Redfort” by Lauren Child. Ruby Redfort is a genius code-cracker, a daring detective, and a gadget-laden special agent who just happens to be a 13-year-old girl. She and her slick side-kick butler, Hitch, foil crimes and get into loads of scrapes with evil villains, but they’re always ice-cool in a crisis.

“The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler. It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on — and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.

“Young Samurai: Way of the Warrior” by Chris Bradford. Orphaned by a ninja pirate attack off the coast of Japan in 1611, twelve-year-old English lad Jack Fletcher is determined to prove himself, despite the bullying of fellow students, when the legendary sword master who rescued him begins training him as a samurai warrior.

Upcoming Programs:

Monday, Oct. 15, 9:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Book Time

ECFE teachers are here to read stories, sing songs, use flannel boards and all other sorts of fun! Then we adjourn to the community room for a snack and a craft or game. Two sessions are available at 9:30 and 10:30. No registration needed, just come!

Thursday, Oct. 18, 7 p.m. Living More with Less

Author Ellen Sandbeck promotes a return to a more primitive way of life — a life with more joy and fewer household products. She shares thoughts and excerpts from her book, “Green Barbarians” which demonstrates how by mustering a bit of courage and relying less on many modern conveniences, we can live happier, safer, more ecologically and economically responsible lives.

Saturday, Oct. 20, 10:30 a.m. Saturday Story Time

Please join us for some Saturday morning fun! We meet in the Children’s Library for stories, songs, and other fun. Then we’ll move to the community room for a snack and craft. No registration required, just come! Each family in attendance may earn one Baby Steps coupon for attending this Story Time.

Email Amy Dettmer at adettmer@arrowhead.lib.mn.us.