Seek the unknown at your library during National Teen Read Week

National Teen Read Week is celebrated today through Oct. 19.

Teen Read Week is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA).

It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

This year’s theme encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, science-fiction and fantasy books.

Visitors who register as an online community member of the Teen Read Week website at will have access to a wealth of resources and perks courtesy of YALSA and the official 2013 Teen Read Week sponsors.

Continuing to promote reading for local teens, the James V. Brown Library will sponsor a Reader’s Cafe from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Students who gather in the Teen area on the second floor of the Welch’s Wing and read for 30 minutes will receive a snack. The Reader’s Cafe provides an incentive for youth to complete homework or read for pleasure.

Also available is TumbleBookCloud, the library’s high school and middle school collection, which contains more than 400 titles.

This collection contains a vast array of young adult/teen novels, classics, poetry, short stories, YA/teen audiobooks, popular graphic novels and world-class educational videos from National Geographic. TumbleBookCloud can be used on any computer or mobile device. All books are available with unlimited access, all the time, from any device with an Internet connection.

On the last Friday of each month, the library also hosts a Teen Night from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Lowry Room. Teens can register by text at 66746 or by calling the library.

Teen Night features themed activities, Wii gaming, snacks, dancing and more in a safe environment. The Oct. 25 meeting will feature guest speaker Kevin Mertz from Father’s Hope, a locally-based project designed to engage youth, churches and other organizations in central Pennsylvania to help orphans around the world.