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Teen Read Week is Coming to Leyden

Emily Chiu, Staff Writer

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Both the East and West Leyden Media Centers will be holding the annual Teen Read Week in the library from Oct 14-20.

Teen Read Week is a week long national initiative to give libraries the opportunity to encourage students to read for the fun of it. This week long event is supported by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the American Library Association (ALA).

This year’s theme is “It came from the library”. Being that Halloween is coming up, the library will be showing scary movies based on books all week starting at 2:30pm.

Even though department chair Janine Asmus was busy she was able take some time and talk about the event. “The theme is nice because it ties right into Halloween.”

Both campus libraries will be having special events after school everyday. They will be showing scary movies on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

“And on Thursday, there would be a guest speaker and open mic after school. She’s a storyteller that would be telling a scary story,” said Ms. Peterson, a librarian at East Leyden’s library.

The library will be hosting assistant professor and storyteller Janice Del Negro. She will be at the East Campus library for periods 2 and 3 and at the West Campus library for periods 9 and 10.

Janice Del Negro is a nationally known storyteller. She is best known for intriguing her audience with her scary stories.

“She started by telling us this very very seriously creepy story. She took 25 minutes out of class to tell us a story. It’s rare in my adult life to be completely mesmerized by somebody speaking to me for 25 minutes. That long of time went by and all I was doing was listening to her,” Ms. Peterson said about having Del Negro as a professor on Halloween night.

“She is a renowned storyteller. She can make the words stand off the page when she tells a story. She’ll be quite good at getting us drawn into the story really quickly. Her stories will be scary and themed to Teen Read Week. Anytime we bring in a speaker they are always terrific. You get to meet somebody new and expose our students to somebody else instead of what’s in the building,” Ms. Asmus added.

“Students should expect fun and it’s a reminder that the library is always open and welcome to everyone,” Ms Asmus said.

During Teen Read Week you can stop by the library to watch a scary movie and have some treats. You might even win a prize! The library will be raffling off prizes during the week for either showing up to the movie, checking out a scary book, or performing for the open mic on Thursday.

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I am a senior and part of the English 4 Journalism class of East Leyden High School and a staff member of The Talon. I'm also a Class of 2013 officer,...

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