It’s Teen Read Week and The Doylestown Bookshop is celebrating. The shop is hosting a costume and pizza party on Wednesday and a panel of authors on Friday.
Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October.
“Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more. It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users,” according to a press release from the bookshop.
On Wednesday, there will be a young adult costume contest and pizza party at 6 p.m. Teens should dress up as their favorite young adult book character. There will be prizes; judging begins at 7 p.m.
Costumes must be related to a source work considered Young Adult Literature. Costumes not related to Young Adult Literature are not eligible for entry or awards.
On Friday, a panel of young adult authors will answer questions, sign copies of books and meet fans. The panel will include: Josh Berk, Kate Brian, Alissa Grosso, E.C. Myers, Jennifer Murgia, Michael Ventrella, Tiffany Schmidt and Nicole Zoltack.
The panel begins at 7 p.m.
Parents of teens can celebrate on their own, too. The Doylestown Bookshop offers these ideas:
- Visit the public or school library or bookshop with your teen
- 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.
- Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors.
- Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.
For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.