OYEA Reception and OYAN Conference Sessions

Conference time is almost upon us and we want to make sure you all know about the location of our OYEA! reception.  After the last session ends on Thursday at 5:30 PM, we will travel to nearby Magoo’s Sports Bar to crown this year’s OYEA recipient and to socialize.  Here is Magoo’s website: http://www.magoossportsbar.com/site/.  The address is 275 Commercial St. SE  Salem.  We will have a bevy of snacks waiting for us and there should be something for everyone.  I hope many of you can come on Thursday evening to visit and celebrate another year of Young Adult library advocacy.

In addition, don’t forget all the great sessions we have planned this year.  Along with the great preconference with Linda Braun.  We have these great sessions listed below.  Hope to see some of you there!


Mark Richardson OYAN Chair Young Adult Librarian Cedar Mill Library markr@wccls.org

Thursday 2 – 3:30 PM Graphic Rave & Graphic Reads!

Description: Join OYAN as it showcases graphic literature for teens! Learn all about the titles that made it onto our 2013 Graphic Rave list – OYAN’s annual list of the best graphic novels, comics and manga for teens. Plus, get an inside look at how a graphic novel is developed and brought to fruition by Sara Ryan! Her first graphic novel, Bad Houses, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, is about love, trust, hoarding, and dead people’s stuff and was published by Dark Horse Comics!

Presenters: Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library; Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Community Library; Sara Ryan, Multnomah County Library

Thursday 4-5:30 PM Making vs. Crafting

Description: Libraries have been stimulating creativity through crafting for years–with children, certainly; with teens, probably; and with adults, maybe. Does this make libraries one of the original makerspaces or hopelessly behind the times? Explore the line between crafting and making, with a little discussion and a lot of hands-on opportunities to experience crafting and making opportunities to bring out the creative and maker energy of communities.

Presenters: Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library; Sara Ryan, Multnomah County Library; Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin Public Library; K’Lynn Hann, Newberg Library; Bobbye Hernandez, Tillamook County Library.

Friday  11-12:30 School Campus Event Promotions

Description: Forget Facebook and flyers. Non-digital social networks (also known as friends) are what drive students to your event, so promote face-to-face: How do you get on campus? When and where do you go? What do you do when you get there? With a few simple games and activities you can boost your event attendance, and then show teens everything your library really has to offer.

Presenter: Brad Clark, Wilsonville Public Library

Friday  2:15- 3:45 OYAN Book Rave

Description: Wondering what’s new in teen literature this year because you haven’t had time to read? Let OYAN help! Learn which titles should be part of your collection. These books will make connections with teen readers on a personal level, pull your heartstrings, or are just a lot of fun. OYAN members will talk about hot teen titles!

Presenters: Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library; Barratt Miller, Crook County Library; Abbie Anderson, North Bend Public Library; April Witteveen, Deschutes Public Library

‘Summer Camp, Divergent-style’

‘Mom, can we go to CAMP DIVERGENT this summer?!’





“The Teen Video Challenge is an annual event from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which encourages teens to create their own 30-90 second videos promoting Summer Reading. One winner from Oregon will represent us on the national CSLP website, and all the state winners will be posted for anyone to use to promote their “Spark a Reaction” teen summer reading program for 2014. Each state’s winners will also receive a cash prize of $275, plus their public library gets goodies from Upstart/Highsmith/Demco worth $125.

We had two terrific entries this year, one from Cedar Mill Library and one from Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham. To place your vote:

1) go to the OYAN TVC channel on YouTube (www.youtube.com/OregonTVC) by midnight this Sunday

2) click on the 2014 TVC Playlist

3) watch the videos

4) rejoice that such amazing talents glow so bright among our young people

5) place your vote by clicking “Like” for the one you like best.

Here’s a direct link to the 2014 TVC OR entries playlist:


Go! Vote! Rejoice!”

Your OYAN CSLP Liaison,
Abbie Anderson


ORCA Awards Voting Now Open

From Stuart Levy, ORCA Chair:

“With tomorrow beingMarch, people can officially start to vote for their favorite Oregon Reader’s
Choice Award book.

Please encourage your students and your patrons to vote for their favorite ORCA
book. As long as they have read 2 or more books in any of the 3 divisions, then
they are allowed to vote in that division. Since there were a number of
crossover books, any student who competed in OBOB is eligible to vote in the

People have until March 31st to vote. Please collect the votes
at your school or library. There are paper ballots that you can download from
the ORCA website (http://www.olaweb.org/orca),
or you can create your own. You also could do an electronic ballot, if you
would rather. I have made a Google form for my students to use for voting that
I am willing to share. Google has now changed how they can be shared, so you
cannot easily just use mine. If you want an electronic ballot, which you can
modify to only show some of the divisions, please email me with your Google
account and I can make one for you. (Yes, you have to have a Google account to
use this particular electronic ballot.)

Once you have the votes for your building all tallied, please submit them using
this Google form: http://bit.ly/orca2014 .
Please submit your overall votes by April 4th.

Thank you SO much for promoting reading through the Oregon Reader’s Choice
Award. Later in April we will announce the winners, plus the titles for the
2015 ORCA Divisions.”

Time Travel Book List

by Barratt Miller, Crook County Library

  • TimeTravelCollageMiss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
  • The Freedom Maze by Delia Sherman
  • Intertwined by Gena Showalter
  • Time Snatchers by Richard Ungar
  • The Golden Hour by Maiya Williams
  • The Future of Us by Jay Asher
  • Pastworld by Ian Beck
  • Nick of Time by Ted Bell
  • Gideon the Cutpurse by Linda Buckley-Archer
  • Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card
  • Tempest by Julie Cross
  • Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
  • Blue Thread by Ruth Tenzer Feldman
  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Planesrunner by Ian McDonald
  • Timeless by Alexander Monir
  • The Dangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson
  • Threads of Time by Mi Young Noh
  • The Book of Time by Guillaume Prevost

TimeTravelBooklist (Download the PDF)

Bigger on the Inside: Doctor Who at the Library

by Barratt Miller, Crook County Library

Crook County Library’s teens love Doctor Who. Like, a lot. They made up a Weeping Angels game during downtime at a program last fall and debate “who’s the best Doctor?” at pretty much every program. (The answer, according to most of them, is Matt Smith.) So it was pretty much a given that we were going to celebrate the 50th Anniversary Special with a Doctor Who-themed Late Night at the library.

Tardis parked in the Crook County Library

Tardis parked in the Crook County Library

Step 1: Build a TARDIS

The TARDIS may look like an ordinary blue police box, but it’s actually a spaceship/time machine…that’s bigger on the inside. Kristen Dyer, one of our awesome Youth Services Associates, built ours using a refrigerator box donated by a local appliance store. She wrapped the box in blue poster paper, used a Sharpie to trace the panels on the sides, and assembled the other details using construction paper, cardboard, and printouts from Publisher. Our light was a chick feeder filled with battery-powered tea lights. I provided the sound effects by playing a TARDIS ringtone on my phone’s app store.

Protip: Don’t tape down the roof of your TARDIS until it’s in your program location.

We assembled the TARDIS in my office and realized that it was wider than the door after the roof was taped down. (This would not have been a problem if we’d been working with an actual TARDIS. Alas.) I had to rip it apart, transport it to the program location, and frantically reassemble it with paper scraps and packing tape. Make sure you can fold your completed box down for easy transport and storage.

Step 2: Feed them fish fingers and custard

 Our teens insisted on the menu. Matt Smith’s first task as the Eleventh Doctor is to feed his regenerating body, but nothing appeals to his new taste buds except the delightful combination of fish fingers and custard. Our meeting room has a kitchenette with an oven, so we cooked up some fish sticks and whipped up a batch of vanilla pudding. To our surprise, everyone loved the food. (We made sure we had Doritos and Oreos on hand–just in case.)

Step 3: Crafts. Because bow ties are cool

Kristen found a bunch of great crafts for the teens to do after they’d eaten. We settled on:

Duct Tape Bow Ties: http://www.duckbrand.com/index.php/duck-tape-club/ducktivities/crafts/duck-tape-bows

Dalek Cubee Crafts: http://cyberdrone.deviantart.com/gallery/9187037

Masks: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0/features/funandgames

 We liked the bow ties and masks because it gives teens who didn’t come dressed as their favorite character a basic costume to wear for Step 4. Our teens are such die-hard fans that almost all of them came in costume, though.

Photo op with the Tardis

Photo op with the Tardis

 Step 4: Photo op

Once everyone had their time-traveler look ready to go, we took them from the meeting room to the main library, where our TARDIS was set up. (Since this is an after-hours program, we had the building to ourselves.) Everybody got two pictures with the TARDIS on either their phone or our digital camera. In a perfect world, we would have either printed the non-phone photos off for them or gotten permission to post them on Facebook so kids could snag the digital versions. Once the individual photos were done, we let them do group shots.

 Step 5: Weeping Angels Tag

 Kristen found a set of rules on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WeepingAngelsTag/info

 We ended up playing a simpler version that a couple of our teens made up. We turned off the lights in the library, randomly selected a Doctor and two companions, and gave them 60 seconds to hide. Everyone else was a Weeping Angel. As long as the Doctor/companion could see the Weeping Angels, the Angels couldn’t move. If the Doctor/companion blinked, if an Angel snuck up on them, or if one of the Angels hid behind another Angel, the Angel could move and tag the Doctor/companion out. The round ended when the Doctor and both companions had been tagged. The Angels who tagged them out became the Doctor/companions for the next round.

 This went really fast; each round took about 5 minutes. It was nice that everyone got a chance to play, but I’d eliminate the “Angels can move if they’re hidden behind another Angel” rule in the future.

 Step 6: Trivia

Since Weeping Angels Tag went faster than we’d planned, we filled in some time with Doctor Who trivia questions Kristen found online: http://www.wordandfilm.com/2013/11/doctor-who-trivia-test-your-knowledge/

 Or you could use some other activities. Teen Librarian’s Toolbox has a Doctor Who post with even more fabulous ideas: http://www.teenlibrariantoolbox.com/2013/09/doctor-who-central-at-tlt.html

Crook County Library "Doctor Who" event

Crook County Library “Doctor Who” event

And that’s that! Not only was this program super popular with our teens, staff lost track of the number of adults who came up to the counter to ask why there wasn’t a Doctor Who program for them, too. So we added a Doctor Who night to our Adult Summer Reading Program schedule and hid the folded-up TARDIS behind a filing cabinet in my office. I can’t wait to bring it out again in August.

“Inspired by Poetry” times 30

I’m not a fan of poetry in general. I don’t really “get” it most of the time and I find a lot of poetry to be tiresome and pretentious.

So, naturally, I’ve devoted hours and hours over the last two years to planning and creating “Inspired by Poetry,” a 30-part display that celebrates how poetry has been integrated by young adult authors represented in the Teen Scene collection at Salem Public Library. As most readers notice from time to time, snippets of poems—some classic, some contemporary—are woven into many stories, inspire book titles, and appear as chapter headings. Usually, the story includes a piece, rather than the entire poem. Initially inspired by Ally Condie’s use of Dylan Thomas’ “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” in her book “Matched,” I got to thinking that it would be interesting to share the whole of the poems with our patrons.

April was the obvious time to do something about it, with it being National Poetry Month and all. I read and researched and poked around until I managed – in April 2013 – to create a “Poem a Day” display set up like a calendar by putting up a new poem each day from April 1-30. Then, I left it up for a week or so to give the poems at the end of the month a chance.

“Poem a Day” calendar display.

I so enjoyed watching patrons stop and read the poems. I enjoyed even more helping those same patrons find the books that included the poems. And I also read and thought about each poem myself and learned that I might, after all, be a fan of at least some poetry.

I’ve updated a bit since, as I continue to read and stumble across poetic inspirations in my collection. The poems currently included are:

• “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” (Dylan Thomas) used in “Matched” by Ally Condie
• “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (Robert Frost) used in “The Outsiders” by S.E. Hinton
• “Illusions” (Ralph Waldo Emerson) used in “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” by Ransom Riggs
• “Invictus: The Unconquerable” (William Ernest Henley) used in “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare
• “I Am Much Too Alone in This World, Yet Not Alone” (Ranier Maria Rilke) used in “Shiver” by Maggie Stiefvater
• “Ozymandias” (Percy Bysse Shelley) used in “Okay for Now” by Gary Schmidt
• “To a Mouse” (Robert Burns) used in “Of Mice and Men” by John Steinbeck
• “Go and Catch a Falling Star” (John Donne) used in “Howl’s Moving Castle” by Diana Wynne-Jones and “Stardust” by Neil Gaiman
• “Stop All the Blocks, Cut Off the Telephone” (W.H. Auden) used in “Taking Off” by Jenny Moss
• “From a Distance” (Cliff Richard) used in “Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes” by Chris Crutcher
• “The Red Wheelbarrow” (William Carlos Williams) used in “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
• “I’m Nobody! Who are You?” (Emily Dickinson) used in “Nobody’s Secret” by Michaela MacColl
• “The Hollow Men” (T.S. Eliot) used in “Wither” by Lauren DeStefano and “The Compound” by S.A. Bodeen
• “Comin’ Thro’ the Rye” (Robert Burns) used in “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger
• “Psalms 147” (Holy Bible) used in “Number the Stars” by Lois Lowry
• “Crossing the Bar” (Alfred Lord Tennyson) used in “Crossed” by Ally Condie
• “Paradise Lost” (John Milton) used in “The Golden Compass” by Phillip Pullman
• “How Do I Love Thee?” (Elizabeth Barrett Browning) used in “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver
• “All is Truth” (Walt Whitman) used in “Dr. Bird’s Advice for Sad Poets” by Evan Roskos
• “Lady of Shallot” (Alfred Lord Tennyson) used in “Avalon High” by Meg Cabot
• “There’s a Certain Slant of Light” (Emily Dickinson) used in “Emily’s Dress and Other Missing Things” by Kathryn Burak
• “For Whom the Bell Tolls” (John Donne) used in “One Piece: Volume 5” by Eiichiro Oda and “For Whom the Bell Tolls” by Earnest Hemingway
• “The Love Song of Alfred J. Prufrock” (T.S. Eliot) used in “The Shadow Society” by Marie Rutkoski and “Dreamland” by Sarah Dessen
• “Song of Myself” (Walt Whitman) used in “Paper Towns” by John Green
• “Morning Song of Senlin” (Conrad Aiken) used in “A Swiftly Tilting Planet” by Madeleine L’Engle
• “The First Day’s Night Had Come” (Emily Dickinson) used in “Recovery Road” by Blake Nelson
• “The Highwayman” (Alfred Noyes) used in “Mark of the Gold Dragon” by L.A. Meyer
• Monologue from “Hamlet” (William Shakespeare) used in “Perchance to Dream” by Lisa Mantchev
• “The Road Not Taken” (Robert Frost) used in “The Rhyming Season” by Edward Averett
• “The Old Church Tower” (Emily Bronte) used in “Clockwork Angel” by Cassandra Clare

The display pages are designed in full color on 11×17 paper, but I have created a PDF that could be easily printed in “fit to page” mode on 8 ½ x 11 paper. I would be happy, nay delighted, to share this file with anyone who wants to share these poems with the patrons in their libraries. Just email me at ssomerville@cityofsalem.net to receive a copy.

Inspired by Poetry Display sheets 2014

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