‘Teens Read’ Program Offers Alternative To Video Games

By  //  October 23, 2012

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BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – For many students, after-school entertainment usually involves video games or facebook, but a free program at the library is offering an alternative.

The “Teens read” program at the Franklin Degroot Public Library in Palm Bay is free and geared for students ages 10 and up. (Shutterstock image)

The “Teens read” program encourages reading for fun and helps teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms through books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more with a goal of guiding students to become regular library users.

To help promote the program, a ”Teens read week” is held in public libraries all over the United States.

”Teens read week” is a national initiative put out by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) to give students the experience of what local public libraries have to offer.

At the Franklin Degroodt Public Library in Palm Bay, “Teens read week” was held this year from Oct. 14 to 20.

Any young adult from ages 10 and up is welcomed to join the ”Teens read” group. There are all types of books, it doesn’t matter what a reader’s preference is.

”We’re very involved with the teens,” said Jennifer Hopwood, who leads the Youth Services section at the Degroodt Public Library.

To coincide with “Teens read” and for Halloween, the library is conducting a “creature feature” video contest for teens.

Students create their own horror video trailer which will be displayed at the library. The theme this year’s contest is ”It came from the library.”

The contest is completely free and details are available at the Degroodt Public Library.

For more information, call 321-952-6317 or on facebook visit https://www.facebook.com/degroodtlibrary


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