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Teen Read Week


Parental Teen Read Week Tips: at home

  • Set aside time each day 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
  • Use the YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
  • Host a book discussion group
  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
  • Listen to audiobooks on trips
  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
  • Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too
  • Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more


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Research Databases:

Chronicling America: Historic American Newspapers
Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1924 or use the US Newspaper Directory to find information about American newpapers published 1690-present. A great resource for primary historical records!

Encyclopedia Americana (Scholastic)

An encyclopedia, appropriate for high-school students and beyond.


Encyclopedia Britannica Library Edition

Britannica Library for children, young adults and adults. Search encyclopedia articles as well as magazines, web sites, and videos. You can also explore primary sources, a dictionary, and the Year in Review.


Explora Secondary Schools (EBSCO)

Research for middle school and high school students: search for your subject or browse topics such as arts and literature, biography, current issues, health and more. 


Lands and Peoples (Scholastic)

An encyclopedia of countries, cultures, and current events for middle school and high school students.


New Book of Knowledge (Scholastic)

An encyclopedia, suitable for elementary and middle school students.


New Book of Popular Science (Scholastic)

A science-intensive encyclopedia which is appropriate for both middle-school and high-school students.


Opposing Viewpoints in Context (Gale)

Covers today's hottest social issues, from Offshore Drilling to Climate Change, Health Care to Immigration, includes more than 19,000 pro/con viewpoint essays.


Scholastic Go! (Grolier Online)

Multiple reference sources including Encyclopedia Americana, The New Book of Popular Science, Lands and Peoples, World Newspapers, and more.


Washington Post, Historical Newspapers 1877-1994 (ProQuest)

Browse and search complete issues; view articles, photos, ads, marriage announcements, obituaries and cartoons; print, download, and share articles and images.


World Newspapers (Scholastic)

Access to over 1,100 world newspapers in 73 languages, representing 195 countries.

Teen Advisory Boards

Teen Advisory BoardsIf you're a teen looking to get involved, make friends and learn about your community, many of our branches host Teen Advisory Boards. Find out more about these groups by stopping into your local branch!

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Teen's events

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