Book Lovers Across the Country Support Teen Literature Day & Rock the Drop April 18th
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April 18, 2013 – In conjunction with Operation Teen Book Drop, top young adult authors, editors, teen lit advocates, and readers will leave their books in public places for readers to discover, and members of the public are encouraged to donate YA books to 826NYC.
A nationwide effort of authors, publishers, librarians and readers
In its sixth year, Operation Teen Book Drop is part of a massive effort by librarians, young adult authors, and avid readers to spur reading on a nationwide scale. The day aims to encourage teens to read for the fun of it.
The effort is coordinated by readergirlz, Figment, Soho Teen, I Heart Daily, and 826NYC.
- In past years, more than 100 young adult authors—including David Levithan, Sara Zarr, Libba Bray, Sarah Dessen, and Cynthia Leitich Smith—have participated in Operation TBD by “rocking the drop,” leaving copies of their books in public places for teens to find.
- Teens and other fans of YA literature are also invited to “rock the drop.”
- 826NYC will be accepting book donations to help grow their in-house library and enhance their youth writing and literacy initiatives.
“Operation TBD was originally conceived with the hope of reaching a number of teen groups,” rgz co-founder Lorie Ann Grover said. “This year we are excited to direct donations to the fantastic 826NYC.”
How to support Rock the Drop:
- Follow @readergirlz on twitter and tweet #rockthedrop.
- Print out a bookplate from readergirlz.com and drop books in your area on Support Teen Literature Day.
- Donate books to 826NYC (find dropoff and mailing address at readergirlz.com).
About Support Teen Literature Day
In its sixth year, Support Teen Literature Day is April 18, 2013, and will be celebrated in conjunction with ALA’s National Library Week. Librarians across the country are encouraged to participate in Support Teen Literature Day by hosting events in their libraries. The celebration raises awareness that young adult literature is a vibrant, growing genre with much to offer today’s teens. Support Teen Literature Day also seeks to showcase award-winning authors and books in the genre, as well as highlight librarians’ expertise in connecting teens with books and other reading materials. http://wikis.ala.org/yalsa/index.php/Support_Teen_Literature_Day
readergirlz is a literacy and social media project for teens, awarded the National Book Award for Innovations in Reading. The rgz blog serves as a depot for news and YA reviews from industry professionals and teens. As volunteers return full force to their own YA writing, the organization continues to hold one initiative a year to impact teen literacy.
Launched in March 2007, in celebration of Women’s National History Month, readergirlz was cofounded by critically acclaimed YA authors – Dia Calhoun (Avielle of Rhia), Lorie Ann Grover (Hold Me Tight), Justina Chen (Return to Me), and Janet Lee Carey (Stealing Death).
rgz Operation Teen Book Drop has donated over 30,000 new YA books to under-served teens.
For more information, please visit http://readergirlz.blogspot.com.
For more information contact: Melissa Walker firstname.lastname@example.org.