The Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library will celebrate Teen Read Week October 8-14 with special events and programs encouraging teens to read for their enjoyment. The activities will be 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.

Teen Read Week is also a great opportunity for teens and their families to learn about all the free services and resources the Dustin Michael Sekula Memorial Library offers. The library offers a safe and supervised space for adolescents to engage in creative, educational activities with caring adults and mentors.

Head Reference Librarian Omero Morales, says in the long run, reading helps in many ways. “Strong reading skills are more critical than ever because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers. This is why it is important to take advantage of Teen Read Week and show teens that reading is a fun and relaxing activity they can do for free.”

On Tuesday, Oct. 10, teens will compete in groups to test their superhero knowledge by creating a comic book page as part of Superhero Trivia Night. On Wed., Oct. 11 teens can swap comics and paperbacks with fellow participants and then enjoy a special movie presentation of Wonder Woman. On Thur. Oct. 12, they will create a Zombie Shadowbox just in time for Halloween. All of the events are free and will take place from 6-8 p.m. while supplies last.

Parents of teens are also encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home. The Michael Sekula Memorial Library offers these ideas:

Set aside time each day for the family to read.

Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.

Share your favorite book with your teen.

Go online with your teen to learn about new books or authors by visiting http://tinyurl.com/yalsabookawardslists, 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 mealtime to talk about books that you’re reading.

Parents and caregivers can be role models by making time to read, too.

Incorporate reading into teen chores, such as reading a recipe when cooking, instructions for how-to projects, sales fliers, shopping lists, 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 month of October. For more information call 956-383-6246 or visit the library at 1906 S. Closner Boulevard.