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NEWS                                    =09

For Immediate Release
Contact: Linda Waddle=20
November 3, 2000

Harry Potter tops Teen Read Week poll; libraries nationwide celebrate week =
with special programs

When asked what was the best book they had read this year so far, teens =
overwhelmingly picked Harry Potter.  Thousands of young adults logged onto =
TeenHoopla@ala.org/teenhoopla to cast their vote during the third annual =
Teen Read Week, October 15-21.  The Top 20 books receiving the most votes =
are a mixture of adult and young adult literature and reflect the wide =
range of reading choices of today's teens.
Christian literature was represented by The Book of Mormon, which came in =
second behind the Harry Potter books, by J.K. Rowling.  Popular young =
adult author Gary Paulsen captured three slots in the Top 20 with Hatchet =
(3), Brian's Return (6) and Brian's Winter (19).   Old favorites such as =
the Outsiders (5), by S. E. Hinton, and The Hobbit (16), by J. R. R. =
Tolkien, also made the list. Nonfiction titles included Yoga For Teens =
(12), by Thia Luby, Chicken Soup For The Teenage Soul (14), edited by Jack =
Canfield and others, and Concrete Wave: The History of Skateboarding (20), =
by Michael Brooke. A complete list of the Top 20 can be found at http://www=

Teen Read Week is sponsored by the Young Adult Library Services Association=
, a division of the American Library. More than 200 libraries took up this =
year's theme, "Take Time to Read," with a variety of fun activities for =
teens.  U32 Junior Senior High School in Montpelier, Vt., held a Library =
Read-In for more than 300 students.  The students selected books ahead of =
time and spent 1-1/2 hours reading silently.  They brought pillows, =
stuffed animals and made themselves comfortable.  "It was wonderful to see =
hundreds of students lounging on the library floor, reading silently," =
reported Daniel A. Greene, library media specialist at the school. =20

The Mabel C. Fry Public Library in Yukon, Oklahoma, had a "Quiet Room" set =
up daily, after school, for the teens to come and read.  Drinks and snacks =
were provided. Teens used time cards to sign in and out daily, logging the =
number of hours read.  For each 30 minutes, participants earned 50 points. =
 Time cards were totaled at the end of the week and prizes (gift certificat=
es to local stores or attractions) were awarded based on the number of =
points earned.

Chesterfield County (Va.) Public Libraries celebrated with a Survivor =
Booklist. Eleven popular titles were in a five-week battle to remain on =
the list, starting September 11.  Each week teens eliminated two titles =
from the list.  Who survived?  The Outsiders topped all, including The =
Giver, by Lois Lowry (#10 in the Teen Read Week survey), Brian's Winter =
and Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul III.

The Houston (Texas) Public Library offered area teens a variety of =
programs and resources to celebrate Teen Read Week 2000.  Authors Annette =
Curtis Klause and Joan Lowery Nixon gave presentations.  Creative writing =
workshops, poetry slams and Harry Potter parties were also featured.  A =
"Teens Only" page on the library Web site made its debut, and a new =
reading list, "Greatest Hits: A Collection of Booklists for Teens," was =
introduced.  "In Houston, some teens took time, if not to read, then at =
least to come to a library program, said Youth Services Coordinator =
Patrick Jones.

National Teen Read Week partners include the American Association of =
School Administrators, American Booksellers Association, National =
Association of Secondary School Principals, National Education Association,=
 National Council of Teachers of English and TeenInk.
Speak Up Press, has just joined on as a national partner.  The press =
publishes "Speak Up," a national, annual art and literary journal =
featuring fiction, nonfiction, poetry, plays, photography and artwork of =
young people ages 13 to19 years old from across the country and around the =
world.  "Speak Up" is produced by a local and online teen advisory board.

The Teen Read Week initiative is sponsored by Barnes and Noble Booksellers =
and Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.            =20
Teen Read Week will be celebrated in 2001, October 14-20.


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