Library events encouraging teens to read
by Rory Doyle
Oct 16, 2012 | 1758 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Bolivar County Library System will host two events this week for Teen Read Week, a nationally recognized affair held Oct. 14-20.

At 4 p.m. today at the Robinson-Carpenter Memorial Library in Cleveland, Youth Services Librarian Bobbie Matheney will organize the "My Favorite Tuesday" event.

Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite book characters for the party.

Cleveland Police School Resource Officer Lamar Tindle will also be on hand with the D.A.R.E. program to present on bullying and underage drinking.

The library's second event, Thursday at 4 p.m., will be "Hunger Games Thursday," where those in attendance are invited to dress as their favorite character from the popular "Hunger Games" book series.

Thursday will also allow teens to practice archery skills with bow and arrow instruction provided by The Outdoorsman, a Cleveland sporting goods and hunting store.

"I'm really excited for the programs and hopefully we'll have a lot of people in the community participate," said Matheney. "We already have 25 kids from an after-school program in Shelby signed up (for today)."

Matheney said this week is about encouraging local teens to read and become more involved with the library system.

Teen Read Week is a national movement planned by The Young Adult Library Services Association.

YALSA is an association of librarians, library workers and advocates whose mission is to expand and strengthen library services for teens, aged 12-18.

Through advocacy, research, and professional development initiatives, YALSA builds the capacity of libraries and librarians to engage, serve and empower teens.

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun, increase library use and encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more.

Matheney said she is also looking forward to library staff participation at the events.

"I'm really excited because we get to design our own costumes," she said. "The whole staff will be dressing up as characters from the same book (today). I'm not going to say what book, but you'll just have to come by and find out.

"We'll also be dressing up as 'Hunger Games' characters on Thursday."

Teen Read Week, Children's' Book Week and National Library Week are all examples of national programs the library participates in each year.

Dominos will be providing pizza for this week's schedule.

Contact Matheney at 662-843-2774 x 105 for more details.