Media Release

For immediate release June 12, 2009

Teen Reading Club (TeenRC)
an online community for teen readers and writers


The Teen Reading Club (TeenRC) is an online book club for Canadian teens. At teenrc.ca, teens can post their own reviews and personal writing, participate in online chats, discuss books with peers and win prizes for the reviews they submit.  

Beginning June 15, teens can sign up and start contributing to the website. Participating is free. This year’s theme, Read All About It!, is designed to encourage teens to read books from various genres and to contribute writing to the site.

At teenrc.ca, safety is a priority. Librarians read everything that’s posted to ensure the online community is safe and respectful. Teens say they feel safe, too. “I like how this is a safe environment. You don’t have to tell who you are and you get to see what other people think about books,” said one teen.

“Local teens have the opportunity to share their views and opinions with teens from across the country,” said Helen Thexton, teen services resource manager for Halifax Public Libraries. “Together they create amazing lists of books — books that teens are really reading — that any teen can view. There is something for everyone.”

TeenRC began in B.C. in 2004 and has expanded to libraries across Canada. Approximately 650 public libraries participate in the program. Together, these libraries have encouraged about 3,000 teens to register and post almost 6,000 book reviews. The program is sponsored by the British Columbia Library Association.

Find out more about the Teen Reading Club at teenrc.ca

Halifax Public Libraries is the life-long learning centre of the community and the place people turn to for the discovery of ideas, the joy of reading and the power of information.

Media inquiries:
Marlo MacKay
Communications Officer
Halifax Public Libraries
(902) 490-5852