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					Subject: Immediate Release~ Teen One Book One Community and Teen Read Week a Powerful Reading Combination!

                                                 Media Contacts:
                                                 Lee County Library System
                                                 Voncile Williams, Library System Program Coordinator
                                                 239-533-4808 or vwilliams@leegov.com

                                                 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


                Teen One Book One Community and Teen Read Week a Powerful Reading Combination!

        Fort Myers, Fla., Sept. 5, 2012 – 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 from Sept. 9 - Oct. 20, 2012. “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,” says
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

Bonita Springs Public Library
Before I Fall: Booktalk and Craft
4 p.m. Tuesday, October 2
Join fellow teens and tweens for a fun craft project and booktalk! We will start with a quick booktalk of Lauren Oliver's
book Before I Fall, the winner of this year’s Teen One Book One Community, and finish with a craft. Make a duct tape
rose for yourself or a friend! Registration required.

Cape Coral-Lee County Public Library
Before I Fall Discussion - What If?
3 p.m. Thursday, September 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.
Captiva Memorial Library
Book Discussion: Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 3
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.

Before I Fall Trivia
October 4 – 13
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday: closed; Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday:
12 – 8 p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Pick up a trivia quiz about Lauren Oliver's, Before I Fall. Complete it at your convenience and return it to the Captiva
Memorial Library no later than October 13. A prize will be awarded to one lucky winner. The winner will be notified.

Dunbar-Jupiter Hammon Public Library
Book Discussion: Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall
4 p.m. Wednesday, September 12
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.

East County Regional Library
Book Discussion: Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall
3 p.m. Wednesday, September 26
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. Snacks will be provided by the Friends of the East County
Regional Library. Registration required.

Fort Myers-Lee County Public Library
Before I Fall Discussion and Craft
5 p.m. Wednesday, September 19
Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver was chosen by teens for teens. This story has taken our community by storm and we will be
discussing the book. Choose another alternate ending...and make your own craft roses. Let's talk about bullies,
friendships, and teen issues mentioned in the book. All supplies are provided and we suggest that you read the book
prior to the program. Register online today!

Before I Fall Challenge: Write a New Ending
5 p.m. Wednesday, October 10
Write a new ending to the teen book Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver in 250 words or less. Please submit them before
today's program for review and a prize will be rewarded for the best "New" ending. We will read a few and have some
listed for those to pick for alternate endings. Snacks will be provided. Register online today!

Lakes Regional Library
Book Discussion: Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, October 17
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. Registration required.
North Fort Myers Public Library
Book Discussion: Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall
2 p.m. Monday, October 15
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.

Northwest Regional Library
Before I Fall Challenge: Write a New Ending
September 10 – October 15
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: 12 – 8
p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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 October 15. The winner will be announced October 31.

Before I Fall Trivia
September 10 – October 20
Available during normal library operating hours: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Tuesday: 12 – 8
p.m.; Friday, Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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, September 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
September 11 – October 20
Available during normal library operating hours - Tuesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Wednesday: 12 – 8 p.m.; Friday,
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
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, October 20. Prizes will be awarded.

Riverdale Branch Library
Before I Fall Trivia
October 16 – 20
Available during normal library operating hours: Tuesday: 12 – 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Friday,
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.*
High school and middle school teens who read Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall can pick up a trivia contest questionnaire at
the Riverdale Branch Library during Teen Read Week.
*Answers must be returned by 2 p.m. Saturday, October 20 to the Riverdale Branch. Prizes will be awarded.
South County Regional Library
Before I Fall Trivia
October 1 - 20
After she dies in a car crash, teenage Samantha relives the day of her death over and over again until, on the seventh
day, she finally discovers a way to save herself. Pick up a trivia quiz at the library about Lauren Oliver’s Before I Fall.
Complete the answers at your convenience and drop it off at the library. Winners will be notified.


About the Lee County Library System:
          The Lee County Library System serves Lee County with free books, downloadable eBooks, digital content, books-
by-mail, bookmobile, electronic resources, music and movies, programs and meeting space. The Lee County Library
System: strengthens the community by informing and enriching individuals; ensures equal and open access; defends
intellectual freedom and the right to privacy; ensures that an individual’s economic status does not deter library use;
commits to meeting customers’ needs; fosters a climate of mutual respect and trust; values and supports individual
initiative; promotes cooperation, collaboration and connections; promotes lifelong reading; practices financial
accountability and supports Lee County’s vision, mission and values.
          All programs are free and open to the public. A sign language interpreter is available with 5 business days notice
to library staff. Assistive listening system available; request at desk. Telephone Reference is available at 239-479-INFO
(4636).
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