Next week is Teen Read Week - it's a time to celebrate just how amazing teen literature is right now. It's kind of funny, but books written specifically for teens didn't always exist. After all, we didn't always recognize that there was a phase between childhood and being an adult. It was in the early 1800s that the term "young adult" was coined. And as we moved into the 20th century many novels written for adults appealed to these so-called young adults - Teen Read Week... let's be rock stars! Lord of the Flies, The Catcher in the Rye, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, and Lord of the Rings, but they weren't marketed or necessarily written with teen readers in mind.
It was in the 1980s that we first saw a strong push to write and print books for teens, with teen protagonists. And this was kind of a mixed bag. Writing for and about teens may be one of the hardest things to do - how do you capture the language and feelings of adolescence (ugh, what a blah word!) without sounding dated or like you're trying to hard? In the 90s, we saw a real boom in the teen lit market - because hey, teens do read! And they like to read about other teens, whether they're living in a fantasy world, traveling back in time, journeying amongst the stars, or right next door to us. Now we see adults and kids clamoring for teen books like The Hunger Games, The Ranger's Apprentice series, The Book Thief, Going Bovine, or The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian.
Back in July, we had a geocaching program for teens, introducing many to a great hobby that combines technology with exercise. If you haven't heard of geocaching before, let me explain. A quick description would be that it's a high-tech treasure hunt. A longer description... well, I would suggestion watching this two minute video. International Geocaching Day Read more
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We only have a few more summer reading programs left to do, but we've had a lot of fun with all the programs that have come before. I've even documented it! With the new website, we're able to post more pictures and show off the good times. So if you'd like to see pictures of our Webcomics Workshop (from back in June... it feels so long ago!) or witness the awesomeness of the candy sushi made at the Deliciously Death Note program, you should check out our Teen Summer Reading Pictures. You can even see the lucky ducks who won one of our weekly prizes over the summer!