Sure, many of us with teens in the house might prefer that they read Anna Karenina , or A Tale of Two Cities  instead of manga or the latest installment of that Vampire mega-saga . But, you know what? We’d be fools to say a word about it. You see, if a teen is reading for pleasure, it doesn’t matter all that much what s/he is reading. The same synapses are firing and the same kinds of connections are being made in the brain whether a teen is reading Fullmetal Alchemist  or For Whom the Bell Tolls .
Don’t believe me? Eavesdrop on a group of teens discussing a story they’ve all read not because they had to, but because they wanted to, you’ll notice the talk can get pretty complex--even philosophical. You know what else you’ll notice? The same teen who slouches at the dinner table every evening answering every question with a roll of the eyes or a barely audible monosyllable, is genuinely fired-up—is genuinely excited about *gasp* reading.
Teen Read Week  is the annual initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA ), that sets aside seven days each year to encourage teens to read for pleasure and to take advantage of libraries’ free reading materials. Simple as that. Here are some of the events Harris County Public Library Branches have planned:
Kingwood Branch Library
DIY Screen Printing 
Celebrate Teen Read Week and screen print a canvas tote book bag! Ages 12-18. Supplies are limited, registration is recommended. Can use own design on approval of librarian. Call or stop by for more information.
Monday, October 15.
4:30 – 7:15 PM
Atascocita Branch Library
Monster Monday: Extreme Monster Makeover 
Dying to be a zombie? Craving blood? Get madeover into the supernatural creature of your choice and learn how to make stage blood. Registration required
Monday, October 15
4:30 – 6:00 PM
High Meadows Branch Library
It Came from the Library: Books First 
Before they were hit movies they were hit books. Come watch where books have taken us and let us know which books you think should become tomorrow's hit movies.
Tuesday, October 16
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Aldine Branch Library
Teen Read Week: Movie and Crafts 
Come and celebrate Teen Read Week with a movie and crafts. We'll toss in a film, meet with our friends, and enjoy multiple crafts that capture this year's theme of--IT CAME FROM THE LIBRARY! [Insert crash of thunder and chilling scream here.]
Wednesday, October 17
3:00 – 5:00 PM
La Porte Community Library
Teen Read Week: It Came from the Library Craft 
Make a bookmark to read for the fun of it during Teen Read Week! Learn about all the forms of reading that the library has to offer. All materials provided. Ages 10-17.
Wednesday, October 17
4:00 – 5:00 PM
LSC - Tomball Community Library
Teen Read Week: Spooky Crafts 
It came from the library! Celebrate this year’s Teen Read Week with spooky crafts! All supplies provided. For more details, call Kimberly the YA Librarian at 832-669-4200.
Saturday, October 20
1:30 – 3:00 PM