Do you have some “steampunk” books on your coffee table? Chances are, if you have a teen in the house, you do.
“’Steampunk’ is a fairly new genre that combines alternate history and low-tech machines that can do very high-tech things,” said Johannah Genett, Hennepin County Library program librarian.
Teen Read Month, which begins Oct. 1 at Hennepin County libraries, is a time for teens and parents to learn about this and other recent teen reading trends, check out special activities, and make the most of their library’s teen resources.
Every year, the American Library Association’s Young Adult Library Services Association celebrates Teen Read Week Oct. 14–20 “to encourage teens to take advantage of reading in all its forms — books, magazine, eBooks, audiobooks, and more — and become regular library users.”
Nine special events are scheduled to encourage teens to visit Hennepin County libraries:
- Teen Read Month Art Exhibit by students from the Perpich Center for Arts Education
- Tronix Team Boombox, where teens can learn basic circuitry while modifying a regular lunch box into a fully functional boombox
- Make a Mask, three fun workshops where teens can create their own unique Halloween masks
- Anime Music Video, three workshops teaching how to organize clips and synch with music to make basic anime music videos
- Open Mic Poetry Night, where teens will get together with other teens to read their own poetry or favorites by other poets, or simply sit back and enjoy listening to poetry
For the complete schedule, go to www.hclib.org and click on Events & Classes at the top of the page. In the search box on the right side of the page, type Teen Read Month.
Also during Teen Read Month, teens’ overdue fines (up to $10 per teen, grades 6-12) will be deleted. Fine waiver forms will be available at all Hennepin County libraries (Penn Lake, Roosevelt and Walker will be closed in October). And teens who have lost their library card may receive a free replacement (usually there is a $1 charge).
Information provided by Hennepin County Library.