Teen Read Week slated for Oct. 13-19

The Philippi Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week 2013 with special activities aimed at encouraging area teens to read for the fun of it. Teen Read Week is the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, the fastest-growing division of the American Library Association.

“Teens have more activities to fill their free time than ever – web videos, social networking sites, video games, after-school activities, athletics and increasingly high expectations in the classroom,” said Judy Buckner Larry, library director. “It is important that we show them that reading is something that is fun and relaxing that they can do for free. Also, reading for fun can translate into better performance at school.”

Teens are invited to the library from 3:30 to 5 p.m. daily Tuesday, Oct. 15, through Friday, Oct. 18, for Teen Read Week 2013 – Seek the Unknown @ Your Library! All attendees will participate in reading about West Virginia ghost stories and strange occurrences in West Virginia, create fun fall art and craft activities, help in a canned food drive, eat snacks and have a chance to win prizes.

In conjunction with Teen Read Week 2013, the library is also conducting a Food for Fines Week and canned food drive from Tuesday, Oct. 15 through Saturday, Oct. 19. Patrons may clear their records of fines with nonperishable food items that will be donated to the Heart and Hand Food Pantry. The library will also collect nonperishable food or monetary donations to Heart and Hand from anyone who wants to donate.

For additional information about any library programs and for registration for Teen Read Week 2013 – Seek the Unknown @ the Philippi Public Library, please contact the library at 304-457-3495 or stop by the circulation desk.