Media Release

For immediate release November 19, 2009

Teen Read Week

Halifax Public Libraries is celebrating its second annual Teen Read Week, from Nov. 21-29.   Reading is a big part of many young people’s lives — whether they’re reading the latest book in the Twilight series, doing schoolwork or keeping up-to-date with friends and news online — teens read for all kinds of reasons. Halifax Public Libraries is celebrating that with a week of special events and contests aimed at getting teens more involved in the library.

Some events happening during Teen Read Week include zombie proms, an after hours read-a-thon, a podcasting workshop and an anime drawing workshop.

The library is also giving youth in grades 7-12 with overdue fines a fun way to wipe their slate clean. The Duck Your Fines Bingo card gives suggestions for activities such as attending a library program or bringing in a gently-used book donation for Feed the Mind. When they complete a line on the bingo card, $5 in fines is removed from their card and they get a themed rubber duckie (including ninja, superhero, ballerina duckies and more). Teens can earn up to $25 in fines removed from their card.

And what do teens think about it? Sarah and Samantha, two teen readers, recently commented on the library’s new teen blog, “When we heard about the Duck Your Fines Bingo contest, we were so incredibly happy! We love the library because it is a great place for studying, reading, using the Internet, attending free programs and much more. And the best thing is that it’s all free! There are so many opportunities for teens provided, it’s really fantastic. Rock on Halifax Public Libraries!”

For more information about Teen Read Week, visit halifaxpubliclibraries.ca and click on teens.

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