The Lee County Library System is holding a Teen One Book One Community read of Lauren Oliver's book "Before I Fall" starting this week and culminating during Teen Read Week (Oct. 14-20). The Teen One Book One Community program encourages all Lee County teens to read the same book at the same time.
The Lee County Library System has numerous activities planned around the book. These include: book discussions, writing projects, art projects and special events at all of the 13 library locations. The teens voted to select the author and title during the first quarter of 2012 and ultimately selected Lauren Olivers' "Before I Fall" an award winning and New York Times bestseller. There will be prizes for the best alternate ending of the book and also the best answers to the trivia questions.
The events run through - Oct. 20.
"By having a Teen One Book One Community project we hope to stimulate a love of reading in this age group. We want to be a community that encourages each other to read," said Voncile Williams, Program Coordinator for the Lee County Library System.
This teen literacy project encourages teens to celebrate reading for fun and to take advantage of reading in all its forms -books and magazines, e-books, audiobooks and more - and become regular library users.
The list of Teen One Book One Community programs follows below. Additional information about the Lee County Library System is available for your convenience 24 hours-a-day at www.lee-county.com/library where you can find out about library services, programs, locations, view an online events calendar or place a hold on library items.
Teen One Book One Community Programs
Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library
* "Before I Fall" Discussion - What If?
3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27. Did you like the ending to "Before I Fall" by Lauren Oliver? Do you think Sam and Juliet both live, die, or something else? What if you could write an alternative ending? Come join us as we eat frozen yogurt and explore the possibilities. Sponsored by the Friends of the Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library. Registration required.
North Fort Myers Public Library
* Book Discussion: Lauren Oliver's "Before I Fall"
2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15. Teenager Samantha had it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. That Friday should have been just like any other, but it wasn't. After she dies in a car crash, Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself._
Northwest Regional Library
* "Before I Fall" Challenge: Write a New Ending
Sept. 10 Oct. 15
Would you change the ending of Lauren Oliver's "Before I Fall?" What would your ending be like? Using just 250 words max, re-write the ending and submit your entry to the Teen Zone reference desk for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate. Entries must be submitted by 6 p.m. on Oct. 15. The winner will be announced Oct. 31.
* "Before I Fall" Trivia
Sept. 10 Oct. 20
Watch the Teen Zone TV screen for "Before I Fall," by Lauren Oliver trivia questions. Get the right answer and win a mini-prize.
* "Before I Fall" Book Discussion and Author Interview
3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19. What's the story behind "Before I Fall," Lauren Oliver's Top Ten Teen Book winner for 2011? Teenage Samantha had it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. That Friday should have been just like any other, but it wasn't. After she dies in a car crash, Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh day, she finally discovers a way to save herself. Join us and watch a YouTube interview with Lauren Oliver and chat about this book.
Pine Island Public Library
* "Before I Fall" Trivia
* Sept. 11 Oct. 20
High school and middle school teens who read Lauren Oliver's "Before I Fall" can pick up a trivia contest questionnaire at the Pine Island Library.
Answers must be returned by 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. Prizes will be awarded.