Tuolumne County Library celebrates Teen Read Week

The Tuolumne County Library celebrates Teen Read Week from Sunday through Oct. 18 with special programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to read for pleasure. This year’s nationwide theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality @ Your Library.”

Teen Read Week encourages teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms – books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more – and to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to make do with less because of the poor economy. Teen Read Week is an opportunity for teens and their families to learn about the free services and resources libraries offer, according to a news release from the Tuolumne County Library. The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers, said Lynn McCormick, the youth, literacy and outreach librarian with the Tuolumne County Library. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.

The Tuolumne County Library will offer special programs and events during Teen Read Week. Teens can participate in a book club by reading and discussing the novel “If I Stay” on Oct. 14 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Those interested can pick up a copy of the book at Sonora Main Library, 480 Greenley Road, Sonora.

On Oct. 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in its community meeting room, the Sonora Main Library will screen the teen dystopia movie “Divergent,” based on the novel by Veronica Roth.

Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. The Tuolumne County Library offers these ideas:

• 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 by visiting

, or use the Young Adult Library Services Association’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 mealtime to talk about books you’re reading.