was the chairperson for the American
Library Association's Teen Read Week on October 17-23,
1999. Teen Read Week encourages teens to read for fun. Michelle's
goal was to give books a attention amid all that competes
for teens' free time. She said, "I'm here to say reading
is cool. I really believe that. Playing a video game might
be fun for five minutes, then it says, 'You're dead. Put another
quarter in.'" She also said, "I'm
delighted to support the ALA and this wonderful program. I
absolutely love to read; it's a huge part of my life. There
is no limit to where you can go and what you can do in books.
Reading lets my imagination run wild. Through this program,
I hope to share my passion and enthusiasm for reading with
other people my age and encourage them to read more." With
the campaign, Michelle was featured on "Read" posters,
which appear in libraries nationwide. On the poster, Michelle
appears with the book "Snow Falling on Cedars."
She promoted Teen Read Week in several magazines.