Part of the Story

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Because awareness is the key to change…

Bringing Change through Literacy

In our new program Part of the Story, teens will have the opportunity to broaden their understanding on one of the most relevant topics to our community. Through reading and discussion, teens will have the chance to view the selected topics from a new perspective, and share their thoughts with others in the community.

You decide this year’s book selection! Voting is open from June 1-30, 2018.

This is one election where you are not required to be 18 to vote! In fact, you can’t be. Local teens from age 13-18 are the only ones allowed to cast their votes for the 2018 Part of the Story read. The ballots are available online and at York County Libraries from June 1-30.

Simply click the image above to vote for your favorite!

This year’s candidates are:

  1. Purge by Sarah Darer Littman
  2. Butter by Erin Jade Lange
  3. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  4. Skinny by Donna Cooner
  5. Every Day by David Levithan
  6. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Click the titles above to learn more about the books.

This Year’s Topic: Body Image

Last year, at the end of the inaugural year of the Part of the Story program, teen participants were asked to vote on this year’s topic. The winning subject: body image. Youth Services Librarians from across York County set to work selecting six contenders for this year’s read. During the open voting period, teens ages 13-18 are welcome to vote for their favorite. Click here to cast your vote.

Part of the Story: Real Life Impact

Part of the Story is a five-week program that engages teens in real life impact issues. They read a selected book and then meet area professionals and individuals who are connected to the issue. The book helps open the door to discussion and the experts share their experiences and answer teen questions. Programs will be held at Martin Library, Kaltreider-Benfer Library, Guthrie Memorial Library, Kreutz Creek Library and Dover Area Community Library.

2018 Program Timeline

June 1 – 30 – Teens vote
July/August – Winning book is announced
August – Books available at libraries
September – Programs and special events announced
October – Events during Teen Read Week
November – Teen Town Hall