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Celebrate Teen Read Week at Central Library - and Beyond

Mary McCoy, Senior Librarian, Art, Music, & Recreation Department,
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Teen Read Week is October 12-18, and this year’s theme is Turn Dreams Into Reality @ Your Library. The Los Angeles Public Library is hosting seven teen author events around the city to celebrate, including a kickoff event at the Central Library on Sunday, October 12 at 2pm.

When people think about turning dreams into reality at the library, they might think about studying for a test, polishing a resume, or researching colleges. Just as important, though, are the ways that libraries help people - especially young people - figure out who they are and who they want to be.

One of the many ways libraries do this is by supporting reading. It’s not flashy. It’s one of the more old-fashioned things we do. But it’s also one of the most important.

Not only is reading for pleasure linked to educational attainment and workplace readiness, it also gives readers a chance to engage and identify with characters and situations different from their own. Young adult and middle grade literature are areas of fiction where sensitive issues relevant to teens such as bullying, gender identity, sexuality, mental illness, family issues, and romantic relationships are explored in a responsible and age-appropriate way. Encouraging teens and tweens to read and talk about fiction also encourages empathy for others, critical thinking skills, and thoughtful discussions about hot-button topics.

During Teen Read Week, kids, teens, and readers of all ages will get to meet authors at Central Library and six other Los Angeles Public Library locations and have a chance to win free books.

Authors appearing at Central Library on October 12 include:

Cam Baity and Benny Zelkowicz are the co-authors of The First Book of Ore: The Foundry’s Edge. They are also Emmy-award winning animators on shows including Robot Chicken, The Simpsons, and SpongeBob SquarePants

Cherry Cheva, author of She’s So Money and contributor to Open Mic: Riffs on Life Between Cultures in Ten Voices, a collection of short stories and essays about growing up between cultures. She is also a co-executive producer on the show Family Guy.

Simmone Howell, an award-winning Australian author whose latest book, Girl Defective, has been likened to High Fidelity, Empire Records, AND The Killing

Jessica Love, co-author of Push Girl, the book inspired by the Sundance Channel original series and co-written with one of its stars, Chelsie Hill

Kathryn Rose, whose debut novel Camelot Burning is a steampunk Arthurian tale

Sherri L. Smith, author of Flygirl, a 2010 ALA Best Book for Young Adults and most recently, of the dystopian science fiction novel Orleans, which was a Los Angeles Public Library Best Teen Book of 2013

Other Los Angeles Public Library locations participating in Teen Read Week include:

Silver Lake Library: Tuesday, October 14, 4pm

Exposition Park Library: Wednesday, Oct. 15, 4pm

Pio Pico-Koreatown Library: Wednesday, October 15, 4pm

Sunland-Tujunga Library: Thursday, October 16, 3:30pm

Vermont Square Library: Thursday, October 16, 4pm

Memorial Library: Friday, October 17, 4pm