Teens would likely read more if they knew more about what good books to read, said Alison Lambart, youth services manager at the Bud Werner Memorial Library.
In an effort to get the right books into the right hands, the American Library Association started its Teen Read Week initiative in 1998. As part of the program, teens across the country nominate books for a top 10 list through a national Web site.
"It's to promote recreational reading and to encourage teens to take time out of their busy lives for reading," she said. "A lot of times, teens are told what to read in school and it really turns them off to it. We've taught children how to read, but we've forgotten to teach them to want to read."
Lambart said this week, library staff will work with teens to see what their interests are and to connect a teen with a book.
"Good books are not hard to find," said Lambart, who noted that kids between the ages of 11 and 18 are encouraged to participate in the weeklong reading celebration.
"There is so much good stuff that is written," she said. "If a student is interested in the outdoors, we can suggest "Into the Wild." If a student loves movies, we can direct them to some books that were made into films."
Lambart also declared Oct. 14 to 18 as "Amnesty Week" to encourage teens to bring overdue materials back to the library without having to pay a fine.
For more information about Teen Read Week, please call the library at 879-0240.