Teen Read Week has plenty to offer at the library

T.L.L. Temple Memorial Library celebrates Seek the Unknown® for Teen Read Week ™! The library will celebrate Teen Read Week™ (Oct.13-19) with a special Teen Zombie Party on Oct. 11 aimed at encouraging teens around the area 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, Seek the Unknown @ your library, which dares teens to read for the fun of it! 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. In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. As many have learned unsurprisingly, the library is a great place to start. “Teen Read Week™ is a great opportunity to educate teens and their families about all the free services the library can offer while also encouraging teens to explore all the different resources and services it provides. Moreover, according to Teen Coordinator, Nelda Porter, strong reading skills are more critical than ever because it can translate into better performance at school. This is why it is important to show them that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free. Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week™ at home, as well. The Library offers these ideas:

• Visit the public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.

• 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. A good place to start is YALSA’s Booklists and Book Awards page, www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.

• Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit www.ala.org/teenread.

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The Zombies are coming! In honor of Teen Read Week, the library is hosting a Teen Zombie Party for ages 12-18 on Friday, Oct. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Come as a zombie or as your favorite zombie hunter. Enjoy free food, free games and a free zombie flick. That’s right! It is all free. Just come bring a friend and have fun!

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Just in time for the haunting month of October! The library will host a Ghost Story Concert on Saturday, Oct.19, 2013 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. with Master Storyteller Gary Whitaker. Whitaker has been performing professionally since 1997. His diverse talents and interest afford him a huge variety of materials that he enjoys bringing to his audiences. This storyteller’s favorite stories to tell are ghost stories whether it is to little kids, youth or adults. The ghost stories will make you laugh and moan, as suddenly everything around you becomes suspect. He is a favorite with the Tejas Storytelling Festival in Denton, where he has performed almost annually for the last 6 years at the TSA Ghost Story Concert. Visit his website at www.storymantales.com. This free concert is not just for kids! Come bring your family and friends and see Whitaker tell stories at the Ghost Story Storytelling Concert!

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Family Movie Day at the Library is Friday, Oct. 25, at 6 p.m. Popcorn and lemonade will be available. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and drinks to add to your fun. You may also bring pillows and blankets and sit on the floor to watch the movie. Come bring the family and join in the fun! Our movie license will not allow us to publicize the movie title so please call us for more information at 936-829-5497. Children under 12 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

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New Teen Books:

“If We Survive,” by Andrew Klavan – High schooler Will Peterson and three friends journeyed to Central America to help rebuild a school. In a poor, secluded mountain village, they won the hearts of the local people with their energy and kindness. However, in one sudden moment, everything went horribly wrong. A revolution swept the country. Now, guns and terror are everywhere – and Americans are being targeted as the first to die. Will and his friends have got to get out fast. But streets full of killers…hills patrolled by armies and a jungle rife with danger stand between them and the border. Their one hope of escape lies with a veteran warrior who has lost his faith and may betray them at any moment. Their one dream is to reach freedom and safety and home.

“How to Save a Life,” by Sara Zarr – Jill MacSweeney just wishes everything could go back to normal. But ever since her dad died, she’s been isolating herself from her boyfriend, her best friends – everyone who wants to support her. And when her mom decides to adopt a baby, it feels like she’s somehow trying to replace a lost family member with a new one. Mandy Kalinowski understands what it’s like to grow up unwanted – to be raised by a mother who never intended to have a child. So when Mandy becomes pregnant, one thing she’s sure of is that she wants a better life for her baby. It’s harder to be sure of herself. Will she ever find someone to car for her, too? As their worlds change around them, Jill and Mandy must learn to both let go and hold on, and that nothing is as easy – or as difficult – as it seems.

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Fall Library Hours: Monday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Have a great week!