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Bestselling author Sarah Dessen headlines Chapel Hill's Teen Read Week

Posted October 18, 2015

Chapel Hill Public Library will celebrate Teen Read Week this week, with a variety of events that include an after-dark scavenger hunt and a reading and book signing from New York Times bestselling author (and Chapel Hill mom and regular library visitor) Sarah Dessen.

Teen Read Week runs Sunday through Oct. 24 and is designed for both tweens and teens. Dessen is the author of a dozen best-selling young adult novels including This Lullaby, The Truth About Forever, and, most recently, Saint Anything.

The week also includes an all-day movie marathon based on fairy tales, an after-dark scavenger hunt with teens hunting for clues around the library and Pritchard Park, a workshop on how to turn an old book into a hiding space and a writing workshop.

In a press release, Teen Services Coordinator Stephen Ashley said that unlike the Library’s Summer Reading Program, Teen Read Week is focused more on programs than reading goals.

“On any given day, we have so many young people come to the library to read, do homework and socialize," Ashley said. "Teen Read Week is all about celebrating their love of books, reading and having fun.”

According to the release (and readers everywhere), young adult fiction is booming, growing by more than 50 percent in 2014, according to the American Publishers Association. In Chapel Hill, young adult book checkouts are up dramatically.

All events are free and open to the public. Registration isn't required. (But if your tween/teen is participating in the scavenger hunt, they're encouraged to bring a flashlight).

Here's the schedule:

Twisted Fairy Tale Marathon
Sunday, October 18 in the Teen Room

After Dark Scavenger Hunt
Monday, October 19 at 6 p.m., Teen Room

Hollow Book Craft
Tuesday, October 20 at 4p.m., Teen Room

Write In
Thursday, October 22 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Meeting Room A

Author Event: Sarah Dessen
Friday, October 23 at 4:30 p.m., Meeting Room B

Twisted Fairy Tale Marathon
Saturday, October 24 in the Teen Room

Chapel Hill library's website has details.

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