An Open Invitation to the OYAN Fall Workshop & Quarterly Meeting

An open invitation to the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Fall Workshop and Quarterly Membership Meeting …

A Focus on Non-Fiction for Young Adults:
Selection, Suggestions, and How It All Relates to Supporting the Common Core
10 a.m.-12 noon Friday, October 24
US Bank Room at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave., Portland

The OYAN Fall Workshop brings a focus on building stronger, more useful non-fiction collections, responding both to the interests of teen readers and the changing needs driven by the adoption of Common Core in the schools. At this FREE workshop, presenters will discuss best practices for assessing non-fiction texts for young adults, highlight excellent non-fiction graphic novels and narrative non-fiction, and discuss the impacts and realities of Common Core adoption. Presenters include:
• Jen Maurer, School Library Consultant, Oregon State Library – The Low-Down on the Common Core and How Non-Fiction Selectors Should Respond
• Ruth Allen, Multnomah County Library – Assessing Non-Fiction Texts for Young Adults
• Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library – Narrative Non-Fiction Booktalks and Booklist
• Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library – Non-Fiction Graphic Novels Booktalks and Booklist

So we can be sure to have the right number of seats and handouts prepared, please email OYAN Chair Sonja Somerville ( if you plan to come!

After a break for lunch (plenty of great options in downtown Portland!), the Fall Workshop will be followed by the OYAN Quarterly Meeting from 1-4 p.m. Stay for …
o Resource sharing—programming and other great ideas
o Discussion: How is your Teen Summer Reading program structured?
o Vote on the annual budget
o Reports and updates

Mock Printz 2015

From Susan Smallsreed:

Save the date, Saturday, January 24, 2015, and plan to attend the FREE 2015 Mock Printz workshop. We’ll call for registration at a later date. In the meantime, start reading and analyzing the following…
• Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
• This One Summer by Tamaki
• We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
• The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
• The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavendar by Leslye Walton
• Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
• The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
• Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
• Noggin by John Corey Whaley
• Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi
Remember, we welcome teen participation in the workshop, so share this list with your teen readers!

Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover

Grasshopper Jungle Book Cover

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

Reviewed by Ian Duncanson, Beaverton City Library

andwestayAnd We Stay is written in both verse and prose, with an emphasis on the latter. Emily Beam’s junior year of high school in the mid-’90s was cut short when her boyfriend Paul took a gun to school and committed suicide in front of her in the library. Traumatized from the experience and unable to return to her normal high school, Emily has enrolled in a boarding school in Amherst, MA where she seeks comfort in being alone, writing poetry, and bonding with her new roommate. She also throws herself into the life and poetry of Emily Dickinson, finding strength and hope in the works of the dark and enigmatic American literary figure who lived and attended school in Amherst. As the story progresses, we learn more details about Emily and Paul’s relationship and what drove him to suicide.

I’m normally not one for poetry in prose stories or novels written in verse, but I thought that the poems in And We Stay (written from Emily’s perspective) were strong and provided insight into the character and her coping with violent trauma. Even though the cliché boarding school setting might elicit an initial groan, it does not play a lot into the story. Hubbard focuses more on Emily’s thoughts, growth and literary interests than on the surrounding boarding school life and antics. With school violence in the news, And We Stay is a timely story about a broken person left traumatized in the aftermath of another’s actions and healing through the support of friends.


Melted Crayon Art

by Bobbye Hernandez, Tillamook County LibraryMelting Crayon2

Need a way to use up all your broken crayon bits? Why not try making melted crayon art. To kick off my teen summer reading programs this year I started with a little melted crayon art and the results were impressive. The teens were given a 4×6 canvas, votive candle(s), and a pile of crayon bits – the rest was up to them. Some drew out designs while others just got straight to melting crayons over their canvases – one even took out her smart phone and copied a van Gogh.

The activity was intended to be “sciency” to go with this year’s summer reading theme, but as the teens were really into the creating aspect, I failed to incorporate any science lessons into our program. The most technical we got was when some of the teens noticed that some of the crayons melted faster than others. Having used the leftover crayons from the children’s department there were different brands in the mix and their compositions vary, making melting time and color vibrancy noticeable. I could have made more of a science lesson by simply asking more pointed questions about melting time, pigments, and wax, but in the end we were having a good time and I chose not to school them on their first week of summer.

There are different ways to make melted crayon art but I wanted to keep things as simple and clean as possible. I chose the dot method, which is very easy to do with teens and younger kids as well. Simply light a votive candle and hold the crayon over it until its starts to melt, then tap or drip the crayon on the canvas. The teens took between 30 minutes to an hour to finish their projects and when they finished, for good measure we brushed a layer of Modge Podge over their finished projects in hopes of keeping their art work sealed and preserved for a little longer.


Young Adult Collection Development

LSE Library Collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964 LSE Library Collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964

LSE Library
Collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964 LSE Library
Collecting books for readers in the reserve stacks, 1964

A fellow librarian asked librarians to share their favorite resources in developing their young adult collections. Mark Richardson wrote a blog post for his library listing his process at the Cedar Mill Library, which sited VOYA and School Library Journal magazines and the Teen Reads blog as a few of his favorite resources. Read his blog to find out more about his process.

Teena from Driftwood Public Library sited using

I use Ingram Advance, GoodReads, School Library Journal, YALSA, kids/young adult/adult suggestions (especially those series continuations!!),…

And don’t forget there is also the awards and booklists from YALSA. Do you have any favorites you would like to share? Leave us a comment.

Graphic Rave Voting Round Two

By Tracie Glass

At the Summer OYAN meeting held in the beautiful Crook County Library (thanks for hosting us, Barratt!), we determined 9 of the 15 titles needed for this year’s Graphic Rave.  I’d like us to do a revote on the manga titles (none of them got enough votes to move them forward) and the superhero titles.  We have 6 spots left, and we need 3 manga titles and 3 superhero titles as per the Graphic Rave criteria requirements.  Manga – choose your 3 favorite titles – simple enough.  Superheroes – choose 3, but please keep in mind equal gender representation (aka let’s have at least 1 female superhero make the cut) and publisher equality.  So, read, read, read!  Since I’m a little late getting the survey out (story of my life), you’ll have until September 8, 2014 to get your votes in.  Here’s the link to the survey:

And, stay tuned…I’ll debut the 2014 Graphic Rave list right here for all you OYANers on September 9th!