We celebrated Teen Read Week during the week of Oct. 13 through 19. If you are a teen or a parent or guardian of a teen, we have helpful resources to find satisfying books to read.
Over the past few years, it seems to librarians and publishers that young people have an undying thirst for novels about vampires and zombies. We think that thirst has slacked off a bit and can offer you alternatives to teen vampire melodramas.
Young adults are, not unlike their favorite vampire characters, thirsty. They are among the largest consumers of books and novels in America. Adults enjoy teen novels, too. Publisher’s Weekly found that 55 percent of adults buy and read young adult novels.
The Young Adult Library Services Association, a division of the American Library Association, has a wonderful website with a variety of reading lists, including their annual Teens Top Ten picks published a week after Teen Read Week.
You can review the reading lists at www.ala.org/yalsa. There are suggestions for popular subjects like fantasy and science fiction; novels in which teens face real-life issues and classics required for school. The site has a number of book lists, some with titles like Outstanding Books for the College Bound, along with lists of popular graphic novels, audio books and award-winning novels that are especially appealing to teens. Teenreads.com is another great resource for getting the latest on new authors and titles.
Our Teen Web page is packed with suggestions for newly published books. You can see what other teens are reading by checking out our Teen Blog and get suggestions from the Teen Scene page that features popular teen novels and nonfiction. Popular writers include Laurie Halse Anderson, Catherine Gilbert Murdock, Matt de la Peña, John Green, Maggie Stiefvater, Mary Pearson, Sarah Dessen, Nancy Farmer and Stephen Chbosky.
Did you know that young adult books are available as e-books and e-audiobooks from our Overdrive service? Children and teens can find an array of titles to read on an electronic device.
With a computer or a tablet, teens can checkout full-text magazines from our new magazine service, Zinio – with no time limits! Outdoor, crafts, cycling, computers, science and fitness magazines are among many topics available. It’s a great way to develop new interests.
This month the Fairfield Civic Center Library is promoting safe driving skills during Red Ribbon Week. Teens and a parent can learn about safe driving through the California Highway Patrol’s program, Start Smart, from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Tuesday in the library’s meeting room.
At the Suisun City Library, teens can gain oratorical training and compete courtesy of Toastmasters and OneWorldAgenda from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday and Oct. 31.
OK, so there might be an undying interest in vampires. Join the Fairfield Cordelia Library’s Teen Book Club for a discussion of “Vampirates” by Justin Somper from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Serena Enger is the supervising librarian at the Fairfield Civic Center Library. She is currently reading “Dark Road,” a novel by Ma Jian.