NORWAY — Read Beyond [email protected] your library! is the theme of this year’s Teen Read Week, the national adolescent literacy initiative of the Young Adult Library Services Association, celebrated Oct. 18 to 24.

The theme encourages teens to read a wide variety of materials that are out of this world including fiction books on fantasy, science fiction, tall tales and myths and nonfiction books on careers in science, space exploration, robotics and artificial intelligence, as well as books about lives lived for extreme adventure or sports.

The Teen Activity Group at Norway Memorial will host “Beyond Reality Improv” from 2:15 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23, at the library. The program will begin with participants working in small groups to improvise skits using setting, plot and characters from a favorite fantasy or science fiction book, myth or tall tale. The activity group will supply some ready-made scenarios in case groups are stumped and also provide materials to make costumes and props, then the show will begin. Refreshments will be provided.

A “Map Other Worlds” activity will be offered to teens who are beyond reality readers. Participants will bring to life a favorite place in a book and create their own map or model of a place chosen from a beyond reality book. Creations can be submitted to the library’s Young Adult Services anytime until 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. All work will be displayed during the improv program on Oct. 23 and in the library’s young adult area afterwards.

Teens can come in to the library to work on their maps or models and some supplies will be provided from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays, through Oct. 21.

Parents of teens are encouraged to celebrate Teen Read Week at home and to visit the public or school library with their teen to attend a program or to check out books. Visit the Teen Page on Norway Memorial Library’s Web site,, and click on “reading” to see the links to books lists for teens, including Norway Library’s book list; Young Adult Library Services Association, Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers; GuysRead, a book list for boys; and lists of teen books that have won awards.

Teens in grades seven to 12 are invited to all teen programs. For more information, e-mail [email protected]

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