September 24, 2001


Annette Curtis Klause at the Public Library

October 18 for �National Teen Read Week�

A self-professed fan of horror, fantasy, and science fiction, Annette Curtis Klause read her first vampire book, The Shining Narrow Grin, as a teen. Years later, she writes best selling novels for teens on like themes. Just in time for Halloween and �National Teen Read Week,� Klause will share her shadowy writings on Thursday, October 18 at the Main Library � 10:00 a.m. (800 Vine Street � Atrium, phone 369-6945) as well as Green Township � 1:00 p.m. (6525 Bridgetown Road, phone 369-6095) and Harrison � 7:00 p.m. (corner of New Haven Road and Carolina Trace, phone 369-4442) Branch Libraries.


Klause, a librarian who currently heads children�s services at the Aspen Hill Community Library in Maryland, became a member of a biweekly writing group which helped fuel her aspirations to pen a novel. While deciding on a subject, she pondered over what she would have liked as a kid. Her memories of reading about vampires won out. Several years of hard work and six rejections later her first novel, The Silver Kiss, was published. Next came her suspenseful sci-fi adventure, Alien Secrets. A powerful story about werewolves followed in 1997 with her third novel, Blood and Chocolate. All were bestsellers bringing her high acclaim as a novelist.���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������� ����������������������������������������������������������������������������������� - more -



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Born in Bristol, England, in 1953, Klause now resides, along with her two cats, in Hyattsville, Maryland. She holds a B.A. in English literature and a M.L.S. from the University of Maryland in College Park. In her spare time, she collects science fiction, fantasy, horror first editions, limited editions, and chapbooks and enjoys going to science fiction conventions.


Celebrate Teen Read Week 2001 � October 14 - 20

Despite competition from other forms of entertainment, the April 2, 2001 issue of Publishers Weekly states that teens are reading at a high rate. The results of a recent national survey conducted for the National Education Association indicate that 56% of teens, ages 12 to 18, were found to read more than 10 books a year, while 41% read more than 15. Around 70% of middle schoolers read more than 10 books a year. However, most of the teens polled (46%) said they read primarily for school.


To help spread the message that teens need to �read for the fun of it,� the Library is celebrating the 4th Annual Teen Read Week from October 14 - 20. To showcase the popularity of fantasy literature with teens, Annette Curtis Klause will be appearing on October 18 at the Main Library �10:00 a.m. as well as Green Township � 1:00 p.m. and Harrison Branch Libraries � 7:00 p.m.


Fun activities occurring during Teen Read Week at the Library�s various neighborhood locations include: scavenger hunts, pumpkin painting, a remarkable teen reader contest, teen book talks, and voting for favorite books, with prizes drawn throughout the week. For more information about these activities visit Then scroll down to programs for young adults. Next, click on �display programs meeting these criteria.�

Interpreter available upon request for the hearing impaired. Please call 369-6944 (TDD 369-6946) at least one week before program.