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Teen Read Day

Friday, October 23, 2020 8:30 am

Save the Date! Join us on Friday, October 23rd where we will host a virtual Teen Read Day via Zoom. Five rockstar Young Adult authors will speak about equity, inclusion, and of course their books! You will hear from Dhonielle Clayton, Laurie Halse Anderson, Phil Bildner, Samira Ahmed, & Jasmine Warga. There will be three sessions throughout the day. You will receive a schedule of events when you register.

Time and time again, as a librarian, I hear the same argument that teens do not read or are interested in reading because it may not see like the “cool” thing to do. However, my experience shows the exact opposite. Often, I see teens come in and grabs stacks of books to read and attend book discussions of popular YA (Young Adult) books. Last year there were close to 30 book festivals across the country, most of which focused on the Young Adult population. According to a NY based publisher, around 30,000 YA books are published on average each year, so it is no wonder there are so many popular events celebrating YA literature.

It is said by Rudine Sims Bishop that literature can be a window, a mirror, or a glass door. Meaning to a reader, it can be a window to a world different than their own, it can be a mirror reflecting their own selves, or a sliding window for the reader to enter into a new world and experience something new. You will see book covers showing diversity, including the ones for our Teen Read Day which show different ethnicities, sexual orientations, abilities, and more. This is what Teen Read Day is all about, celebrating the equity and inclusion of all teens and to show their story matters. If a teen sees someone that looks like them on a book cover, they are more likely to read it and connect with the that character’s story. Therefore, more books celebrating the uniqueness of their readers are coming to the shelves and into the hands of our teens.

Schedule of Events

8:30-9:00 Logging on Zoom and Welcome and Introductions:
Executive Director, Karen Ronald; Comments: Teen Services Librarian, Craig Santiago; and Mari Bianco, Gulf Stream School

Session 1:
Intro by Teen
Author: Dhonielle Clayton

10:00-11:00 BREAK

Session 2:
Intro by Teen
Panel: Authors Phil Bildner, Samira Ahmed, and Jasmine Warga

12:00-1:00 BREAK

Session 3:
Intro by Teen
Author: Laurie Halse Anderson

Final Thank you: Craig

Organizer: Craig Santiago