If you’re a teen, this is one time your local librarians don’t want you to return a book. Instead, they hope you leave it somewhere around town to surprise another reader.

Ten books at each library in the county are being released into the teen reading stream this week with no expectation that they will return any time soon.

Dubbed a “read and release” project akin to “catch and release” programs advocated by anglers, the countywide teen literacy project aims to connect teen readers by creating a fun opportunity to talk about reading and books using social media.

“We want teens to see the library as a place where they can share their love of reading,” said County Youth Services Librarian Rick Samuelson. “We hope to share the message that reading is a social experience.”

Upon reading one of the books, readers are encouraged to add their info to the book’s travel log, and photograph and upload an image of where they leave the book for the next reader. The photo clues will be shared at or on Twitter at #WCCLSteenreads.

The books include: “Anya’s Ghost” by Vera Brosgol, “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer, “Code Name Verity” by Elizabeth Wein, “The Future of Us” by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler, “I Hunt Killers” by Barry Lyga, “Leviathan” by Scott Westerfield, “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” by Jesse Andrews, “The Miseducation of Cameron Post” by Emily Danforth, “The Night She Disappeared” by April Henry, and “Okay for Now” by Gary Schmidt.

The books are available first-come-first-served from all 15 Washington County Cooperative Library Services member libraries, starting October 13. Readers may take as long as they like to read each book before leaving them to be discovered.

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