It’s Teen Read Week, an annual, national event celebrating Young Adult fiction and teen readers. It takes place every October and this year’s theme is “Get Away @ your library.”
Of course, there are a ton of ways to escape in a library. Obviously, there are books. You can experience the majesty and romance of the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame while reading Stephanie Perkins’ Anna and the French Kiss. Or you can try on a flowing robe and Sorting Hat by delving into the Potter-verse. But you can also get away in a computer game, a movie, a program, or even a craft kit. Sometimes, the point of getting away isn’t to go anywhere specific. Sometimes, getting away just means being in a place that isn’t school or home – a place without work and chores.
What’s your favorite way to get away at the library? What’s your favorite universe to visit?
Personally, I love to escape into fiction. I know, works in a library and loves to read. Shocking, right? But, it’s true. I really enjoy science fiction and fantasy, but I also really like realistic fiction too. But, out of all the places I’ve visited through reading, I think my favorite is the steampunked Victorian England of Gail Carriger’s “Boarding School” series. The books follow Sophronia Temminnick as she is sent off to Mademoiselle Geraldine’s Finishing Academy for Young Ladies of Quality where she takes classes in etiquette as well as espionage. (That’s the first book: Etiquette and Espionage. I recommend it.) She learns how to dance a quadrille and how to be a proper young lady, but she also has courses in weaponry, code, and advantageous flirting. Oh, and there are vampires. And werewolves. And lots of steampunk gadgetry. There are three books in the series so far with Manners and Mutiny slated to be released next month.
- – tc