Kim Patton, YALSA's President noted that "the WrestleMania Reading Challenge promotes the idea that reading is a year-round activity and encompasses a wide-range of choices. Giving librarians tools for promoting reading beyond Teen Read Week, and that encourages reading different formats, YALSA helps librarians to recognize and support all types of teen readers, reading styles, and reading interests."
Literacy is a topic of both local and national concern, and falling test scores and lower graduation rates among teens today are a serious issue. Here in Nebraska standardized reading test scores for teens are 91.54%.
Studies show a regular reading habit make teens better readers, and area librarian Dave Mixdorf agrees. "One of the most important ways teens acquire the habit is by watching adults they respect" says Mixdorf. Being around adults who are avid readers can counteract the latest statistics from The Nation’s Report Card http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard, which indicates that in homes across America the number of different types of reading materials has decreased, and a smaller percentage of seventeen-year-olds saw adults reading in their homes.
Odessa Meyer hopes to increase teen literacy locally by offering a series of programs for teens throughout YALSA’s WrestleMania Reading Challenge. [Describe the programs and provide contact information for readers who want to learn more]
Parents and caregivers of teens are encouraged to make time for their teens to read at home. Meyers offers these ideas:
Visit the local public or school library with your teen to attend a program or to check out books.
- Set aside time each night for the family to read.
- Give books or magazine subscriptions to your teen as a gift or reward.
- Share your favorite book with your teen.
- Surf the Internet with your teen to learn about new books or authors. A good place to start is www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists.
- Join a book discussion group at the school or public library.