HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Hannibal Free Public Library will host a "Teen Read-In" at 6 p.m. Monday.
The library will provide pizza, refreshments and an atmosphere designed to foster reading.
The event coincides with the national celebration of Teen Read Week. Thousands of libraries, schools and book stores across the country will be hosting events aimed at encouraging teens to do more reading for their personal enjoyment.
Hallie Yundt Silver, director of Hannibal Free Public Library, said in a press release that 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 also is a great opportunity to encourage teens to become regular library users" while letting them learn about all the free services and resources the library offers.
Caitlin Greathouse, the library's assistant director, said strong reading skills are more critical than ever "because they translate into better performance at school and better preparedness for careers."
Greathouse encourages parents of teens to celebrate Teed Read Week at home. She offered several suggestions to encourage more reading by youths, such as:
º Set aside time each day for the family to read.
º Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
º Share your favorite book with your teen.
º Host a book discussion group.
º Build an in-home library.
º Listen to audiobooks on trips.
º Create a cozy reading corner somewhere in your home.
º Use meal times to talk about books.
More information about Teen Read Week is available at the following American Library Association website: ala.org/teenread.