Central Library of Rochester and Monroe County
CONTACT: Deena Viviani,Young Adult Services Librarian, Brighton Memorial Library: 585-784-5300; firstname.lastname@example.org
(Rochester, NY, October 9, 2013) - Librarians across the Monroe County Library System are encouraging everyone to read the same young adult novel in celebration of Teen Read Week, and then come meet the author, in our Fourth Annual Greater Rochester Teen Read! For four years now, MCLS librarians have urged teens and adults to read and discuss the same young adult novel during Teen Read Week, which falls on October 13-19 this year. Teen Read Week is, according to the American Library Association, “a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.”
This year’s selection is Everybody Sees the Ants, by A.S. King. In this story teen Lucky Linderman has to deal with his missing grandfather, dysfunctional parents, and a bully. When the bully takes things too far, Lucky’s mother takes him across the country to escape reality for the summer. But Lucky is already escaping on his own; in his dreams he is a brave adventurer seeking out his grandfather who was missing in action during the Vietnam War. Lucky knows he’ll eventually have to return to reality, and maybe with the right family and friends supporting him, it will be okay.
A. S. King is the author of four novels for teens. She has won a Michael L. Printz Honor Award and lives in Pennsylvania. For more information on A. S. King, please visit www.as-king.com. A. S. King will be appearing at several local libraries during Teen Read Week. Book signings with the author will follow each event. No registration is required. Snacks will be provided. Teens can enter to win copies of Everybody Sees the Ants!
Sunday, October 13, 2:00-3:30 pm
Greece Public Library
2 Vince Tofany Blvd., Rochester, NY 14612; 585-225-8951
Monday, October 14, 3:00-4:30 pm
Fairport Public Library
1 Fairport Village Landing, Fairport, NY 14450; 585-223-9091
Wednesday, October 16, 3:30-5:00 pm
Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County Kate Gleason Auditorium
115 South Avenue, Rochester, NY 14604; 585-428-8451 The Central Library is accessible to people with disabilities. To request specific accommodations, call 585-428-8304 ten days prior to the program.
The Greater Rochester Teen Read is generously sponsored by a Monroe County Library System contribution; Friends of Brighton Memorial Library; Friends of Fairport Public Library; Friends of Greece Public Library; Henrietta Public Library; Friends of Irondequoit Public Library; Friends of Parma Public Library; Friends of Pittsford Community Library; Friends of Webster Public Library; Deb Leary of Southwest Quadrant; and a YALSA/Dollar General Literacy Foundation Grant.