Teen Readers

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Teen Newsletter

Don't miss a thing... Sign up now! (Select YA/Teen ReadersWhy did we create a Teen Newsletter? Because Tattered Cover loves teen readers, readers of teen fiction, and because we have so many amazing things going that we just need to share. Read past issues: March 2016 (our first issue!), April 2016 issueMay 2016June 2016July 2016, August 2016, September 2016, October 2016, November 2016, December 2016, January 2017, February 2017.

Teen Advisory Board

This is a group of book-loving teens who meet every month or so to plan and produce programming for anyone excited about YA literature. Board members have the opportunity to use their creativity, social media skills, and enthusiasm for books to help with all aspects of event promotion, planning, and execution; introduce (and hang out with) authors at events; write book blurbs; give book talks; get FREE advanced reading copies; and even help select authors who come to the store for events or visit schools. It's fun, rewarding, and a great resumé builder. We currently meet at our Aspen Grove location; but are aiming to have groups meet at our Colfax and LoDo locations, too. This is open to teens 13+ who are in at least 8th grade. Please read our TAB Information & Application PDF. For more information or to sign up for the TAB, email Kristen Gilligan. (And tell your bookish friends!)

Colorado Teen Book Con

Tattered Cover presented the inaugural Colorado Teen Book ConSaturday, October 15, 2016 at Littleton High School in Littleton, CO It was a full day event with two keynote presentations, a bunch of author panels, and a big author signing party at the end of the day. And food trucks. Of course, food trucks. Books were for sale throughout the day. Check out some feedback and photos on our Colorado Teen Book Con webpage.

Teen Writing Group

Teens come together to share and critique writing, often with a nationally published young adult author as a mentor and participant. An incredible opportunity for aspiring teen writers! Free and open exclusively to teens. 

Tattered Cover Aspen Grove: This group meets that last Sunday of each month. This is free and open exclusively to teens. Email Caylin to RSVP. See "Upcoming Events for Teens" for dates.

Tattered Cover Colfax: Our very first Teen Writing Group is beginning! The first meeting will on on Thursday, March 9 at 7pm in the Orchestra Pit of the Colfax store. This is free and open exclusively to teens.  Please email Kristen to RSVP. See "Upcoming Events for Teens" for dates.

Teen Open Mic Night

We're giving YOU the mic.
Express yourself.
Support your friends as they get their creative on.
Do something unique and fun: sing, play an instrument, recite poetry, read an original work of fiction, do stand-up comedy, or anything else that you have a burning desire to share with the world. 
Plus, we have a café serving hot and cold beverages, and snacks! We'll be announcing the next date soon. Watch for it!

Author Visits in Schools

I mean, who doesn't love a school assembly? Seriously though, Tattered Cover can bring an author into your school to speak to smaller groups of English or writing classes, or a full school-wide assembly. The best part is that's there no cost to the school -- and there's even a fundraising component where your school can earn some money back! If this sounds interesting, just connect us with your school librarian or principal. (Send an email to Kristen Gilligan with your school librarian and/or principal's contact info.)

Upcoming Events for Teens

  • Tuesday, February 21Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Wednesday, February 22Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Saturday, February 25: Black History Month Teen Book Talk & Signing: Panel discussion with Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely, authors of All American Boys; at the Denver Central Library Conference Center; R.A.D.A., the Denver Public Library's social issues book group, joins us in presenting a very special discussion with Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, the authors of All American Boys. We are pleased to host the authors, and other panelists as they share their perspectives on police violence, racial justice and youth engagement. Participants are encouraged to read the book in advance and share their own thoughts, experiences and questions with the authors. Books will be available for purchase at the event, and a book signing and meet and greet with the authors will follow the discussion. The event is free and open to the public and an RSVP is appreciated: 720-865-2045 or email the Denver Public Library. Visit this page for more info!
  • Sunday, February 26: Illene Pevec with Growing a Life: Teen Gardeners Harvest Food, Health, and Joy; 2pm at Tattered Cover Colfax
  • Sunday, February 26: Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Caylin to RSVP.
  • Thursday, March 9: Teen Writing Group; 7pm at Tattered Cover Colfax. Email Kristen to RSVP.
  • Tuesday, March 14Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at LOCATION TBD What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Tuesday, March 14: Teen Fiction Reading & Signing with 4 YA authors! 7pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove:
  • Wednesday, March 15Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Sunday, March 26Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Caylin to RSVP.
  • Tuesday, April 11Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Wednesday, April 12Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Sunday, April 30Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Caylin to RSVP.
  • Tuesday, May 9Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Wednesday, May 10Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Sunday, May 28Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Caylin to RSVP.
  • Tuesday, June 20Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Wednesday, June 21Teen Advisory Board (TAB) meeting; 7pm - 8:30pm at Tattered Cover Colfax What is the TAB? APPLY NOW!
  • Sunday, June 25Teen Writing Group; 2pm at Tattered Cover Aspen Grove. Email Caylin to RSVP.
  • Fall 2017: 2nd Annual Colorado Teen Book Con; details TBD

 

Teen Book Reviews

Have you ever walked through a bookstore and seen little cards sticking out of shelves under books with book reviews? Have those reviews ever made you want to buy a book? 
Those cards are called shelf talkers, and we're looking for teens to write shelf talkers for their favorite books. Your friends and family -- and a lot of fellow readers looking for the perfect book -- can see your reviews on the shelves at Tattered Cover. How cool is that? 

To write a review: Books can be old or new — they just need to be young adult. Reviews should be between 40-60 words. Write 1-2 sentences on what the book is about, then another 1-2 sentences on why you loved it/why you think others will love it. Please only write reviews for books you loved and are passionate about. Please send your review in an email to Kristen Gilligan with "Teen Book Review" in the subject line.