Teen Read Week celebrated with stories, contests at Polk Middle

Conner O'Shields, left, and Katie Cothran, contest winners during Teen Read Week at Polk County Middle School.

Polk County Middle School teens were encouraged to “unleash your story” as part of the school media center’s celebration of Teen Read Week.

Teen Read Week began in 1998 and is held annually in October in the same week as Columbus Day. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. This year’s theme, “Unleash Your Story,” encouraged teens to tell their own stories as well as find stories, biographies, autobiographies, folk tales and more in their local library.

To help celebrate the week, the PCMS media center collaborated with the Polk County Public Library to provide exciting events and contests for the students to participate in during the week. The media center sponsored a candy corn guessing contest, with the winner receiving a paperback book, the candy and a gift basket graciously donated from the public library.

The public library also offered students the opportunity to write a book review and/or redesign their favorite Young Adult book cover. Students that participated were given a chance to win a paperback book, bookmarks and another gift basket donated from the public library. Book reviews were posted in the Tryon Daily Bulletin and the book covers were put on display at the public library.

The winner of the candy corn guessing contest was Conner O’Shields, a sixth grader. The winner of the public library drawing was Katie Cothran, a seventh grader.