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Johnsburg library receives grant for Teen Read Week programs

JOHNSBURG – The Teen Read Week program run by the Johnsburg Public Library will receive a $1,000 grant to support its activities.

The grant was awarded to 10 libraries nationwide by the American Library Association's young adult services division and funded through the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Recipients of the grant were selected based on the overall impact, need and cohesiveness of the program, according to a news release issued by the American Library Association.

Johnsburg's program will begin with a contest where teens can vote for their favorite novel out of the 25 nominees. The vote starts Aug. 15 and runs through Teen Read Week.

Stacey Kade, the author of the Project Paper Doll trilogy, will visit the library for a presentation, question-and-answer session and autograph signing Thursday, Oct. 16.

The grant will be used to fund some of the other events that will take place during the week, including turning the children and young adult section haunted through the month of October and an interactive "Unique, Spooky, Scary, Supernatural Show" performed by William Pack, said Heather Stewart, the library's teen librarian and book club moderator. 

Every teen that attends Pack's performance will receive a copy of "Ghost Tales: Poltergeists, Haunted Houses, and Messages from Beyond" by Billy Roberts. The book will be discussed after William Pack’s presentation.

Immediately following the presentation, attendees will construct leaf lanterns to take outside for a campfire and book discussion, which be followed by a playing of the audiobook "Scary Stories" by Alvin Schwartz.

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