Every April, the American Library Association (ALA) supports National Library Week. Support Teen Literature Day falls on the Thursday of that week. This year National Library Week is April 10-16th, with Support Teen Literature Day on the 14th. Soooo, what is Support Teen Literature Day you ask? Here is what they have to say:
The purpose of this celebration is to raise awareness among the general public that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Support Teen Literature Day also seeks to showcase some award-winning authors and books in the genre as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials.
Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) renews the Teen Read Week website and announces the Teens’ Top Ten nominations for the Teens’ Top Ten, a booklist selected entirely by teens (page 32 of Read, Remember, Recommend for Teens: A Reading Journal for Book Lovers) . Teens’ Top Ten nominations are posted on the YALSA website in April, so teens can read them all summer, vote and see the winners during Teen Read Week in October.
There are lots of other events surrounding this initiative including Operation Teen Book Drop! The ‘Drop’ is a special event sponsored by readergirlz, Guys Lit Wire, YALSA, and If I Can Read I Can Do Anything in an effort to put books into the hands of teens on Native American tribal lands.
Now, how can you get involved? Readergirlz has a great idea. ‘Rock the Drop’ in your own area, placing YA books in random spots for others to pick up! Make sure to check out their link for a bookplate to print (or make your own) and include with your dropped books. Take pictures and share your drops (I’ll post mine here).
Check with your local library to see what Support Teen Literature events are going on in your area!