Depending on which survey or study you consult, there are several different views on whether or not teens are reading more, the same, or less. For example, “New research released today from Common Sense Media Free finds that reading rates don’t just fall as kids grow up, but they’ve also dropped dramatically over the last three decades, with 45 percent of 17-year-olds admitting they read by choice only once or twice a year” (http://time.com) According to YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) “Today’s teens may be reading just as much as teens in the past, but their methods and formats of reading are so different from the older generations now creating polls and studies that true levels of adolescent literacy leisure activities are not being captured.” (http://www.yalsa.ala.org).
The bottom line is that libraries, schools, teachers, and parents have to work at making sure pre-teens and teens do not lose interest in reading. The East 80 Library is working toward that goal by starting the East 80 Reading Club for this age group.
A reading club is not the same as a book club. Gloria Perry and Rachel McGee have put together a reading club for pre-teens and teens to encourage reading for pleasure. With homework and other school responsibilities, it is easy to forget that it is also important to read for fun, to relax and escape.
Each month a different theme is selected and a list of books are suggested that go along with it. This month’s theme is “Here, There Be Dragons.” The list of books contains: “Eragon;” “Seraphina;” “Dragon’s Slippers;” “Dragon Rider;” and others.
The theme for September is “Choose Your Ship (Love Triangles).” Books on this list include: “Hunger Games;” “Twilight;” “The Iron King;” and “The Phantom of the Opera.”
Parents, you may want to join in and read some of these books too. What a great way to stay connected with your kids.
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- Plan ahead for Tuesday, September 8 at 4p.m. as Teen Central presents “The Right Foot.” Start the school year right with a night of fun, relaxation, ice cream, and tips for the coming year. Call for details.
East 80 Library (318) 949-2665
- On Tuesday, September 8 from 6—7p.m., children ages 0—13 and parents are invited to Family Story Time. Pre-registration is required. Contact Nuretha for details.
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- Friday mornings at 10a.m. for ages 0—5, join us for Story Hour. Registration is required.
- Movie Day, is on the second Thursday of each month from 10a.m.—12p.m. for ages 4—12. Space is limited to 15, so sign up early.
“The Gift” by Wanda E. Brunstetter
“The Pilgrim” by Davis Bunn
“Killing Monica” by Candace Bushnell
“The Dog Master” by W. Bruce Cameron
“Blood Foam: A Lewis Cole Mystery” by Brendon DuBois
“Plantation Shudders” by Ellen Byron
“The Daughters” by Adrienne Celt
“The Blue” by Lucy Clarke
“Trust No One: A Thriller” by Paul Cleave
“The Meursault Investigation” by Kamel Daoud
“The Weather Experiment” by Peter Moore
“The Everygirls’ Guide to Diet and Fitness” by Maria Menounos
“Your Baby’s Best Shot” by Stacy Mintzer
“Anxious” by Joseph LeDoux
“The Secrets of the Universe in 100 Symbols” by Sandy Bartlett
“No Sweat” by Michelle Segar
“Complete Dictionary of Dreams” by Dr. Michael Lennox
“Mind Change” by Susan Greenfield
“The Friends of Jesus” by Karen Kingsbury
“Your Child in the Hospital” by Nancy Keene
Vickie Hardin is Associate Director of Public Relations for Bossier Parish Library. She can be reached at email@example.com