Teen Read Week

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 8-14, 2017) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to unleash their stories. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, Unleash Your Story!

Teen Read Week is a time to celebrate reading for fun while encouraging teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms —books, magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more! It is also a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users.

In recent years, many families have had to adapt to make do with less as a result of the economy. Teen Read Week is a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the library offers.  The library also offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County invites teens, parents and community members to participate in special programs and events during Teen Read Week.

Unleash Your Story!                                            Unleash Your Story!   
College Hill Branch                                               Walnut Hills Branch
Monday, October 09                                             Tuesday, October 10
3:30-5:30 PM                                                        3:00-5:00 PM

Unleash Your Story!                                            Unleash Your Story!
Madeira Branch                                                    Cheviot Branch
Wednesday, October 11                                        Thursday, October 12
3:30-5:30 PM                                                        4:00-6:00 PM              

Unleash Your Story!                                           Teen Read Week Book Discussion   
Price Hill Branch                                                  Elmwood Place Branch
Saturday, October 14                                           Saturday, October 14
2:00-4:00 PM                                                       4:00-5:00 PM                                           

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Book displays by Heather P., Sarah R., & Michelle K.   

Not sure what to read? Check out some of our recommended book lists

Teens, why not celebrate Teen Read Week at home? Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • Set aside time each day to read with your family
  • Share your favorite book with your family & friends
  • Go online with to learn about new books or authors or use YALSA’s free Teen Book Finder app
  • Host a book discussion group
  • Build an in-home library (thrift stores and yard sales offer an inexpensive way to do that)
  • Listen to audiobooks on trips
  • Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home
  • Use meal time to talk about books that you’re reading
  • Incorporate reading into chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, reading instructions for how-to projects, reading sales fliers to develop a shopping list, and more

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association. It is held annually during the third week of October. For more information, visit