Teen Read Week


The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County will celebrate Teen Read Week (October 7-13, 2018) with special events and programs aimed at encouraging teens around the area to think and read outside of the box, as well as seek out fantasy, science fiction and other out-of- this-world reads. Thousands of libraries, schools and bookstores across the country will hold similar events centered on this year’s theme, It's Written in the Stars: READ.

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 events during Teen Read Week.

A Visit with Aisha Saeed                                 Galaxy Slime   
Main Library - TeenSpot                                   Sharonville Branch
Monday, October 08                                        Wednesday, October 10
7:00-8:00 PM                                                   7:00-8:00 PM  

Star Jars                                                         Doctor Who Cupcake Decorating
Main Library- TeenSpot                                    Clifton Branch                 
Thursday, October 11                                       Sunday, October 7
4:00-5:00 PM                                                   2:00-3:00 PM             

Harry Potter Escape Room                              Zodiac Notebooks
Delhi Township Branch                                     Greenhills Branch                 
Wednesday, October 10                                   Thursday, October 11
4:00-5:00 PM                                                    3:00-4:00 PM   

Galaxy Bath Bombs                                         Mad About Science
Norwood Branch                                              North Central Branch                 
Thursday, October 16                                      Saturday, October 13
4:00-5:00 PM                                                   4:00-5:30 PM                                                                            

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