Calling all teens: Vote on your fav manga!

Teens, please fill out this survey to vote for your favorite Manga to be included in the 2022 Graphic Rave MANGA. Librarians and teachers, please share this survey with your teens (11-18 yrs) who read manga.

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Teens, every year, librarians around the state of Oregon work to select some of the best comics and manga to read for teens. We would especially like to hear from teens and tweens about your favorite Manga published between March 1, 2021 and April 30, 2022. We have some nominated titles below and would like to know which of these books you liked the most.

Voting will continue for the next few weeks. The Manga with the most votes will likely be included in our annual graphic rave list that is published in the Fall.

Get reading and get voting! Thanks!

-Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Community Library

Nominate manga and graphic novels for the 2022 Graphic Rave

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The time has come for you to nominate the best recent manga and graphic novels for inclusion in the 2022 Graphic Rave.

Fill out this form to nominate manga!

Fill out this form to nominate graphic novels!

Graphic Rave is an annual manga and graphic novels list produced by the members of the Oregon Young Adult Network. Books nominated should be written and marketed for readers of middle and high school age (generally 6th-12th grade) and be published between March 1, 2021and April 30, 2022.

Nominations will be collected May-June. Members will then be invited to vote on the nominated books through midsummer, narrowing the list to approximately 20 OYAN Graphic Rave selections. The list is further discussed at the summer meeting of the Oregon Young Adult Network.

Please nominate early and often!!

Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Community Library

OYAN Graphic Rave Coordinator

The 2022 OYAN Review is starting now… on facebook

For the 2022 OYAN Review, library staff in Oregon were invited to share how we are rebuilding as we enter year three of the pandemic. Reading your survey responses, I got inspired, laughed, cried, thought deeply, and got great ideas. Most importantly, reading all the thoughts my colleagues bravely shared made me feel proud to be part of this library community.

I hope you enjoy the upcoming #OYANReview2022 series of posts on OYAN’s facebook page over the next few weeks and months. At the end, they will be published in a PDF on this blog.

The OYAN Raffle is now open!

Proceeds support professional development for library staff who work with teens at libraries in Oregon through the OYAN Scholarship.

Fabulous prizes include, but are not limited to:

Tickets are available at You do not have to be a member to register for a username and password to purchase tickets.

Donald E. Long students enter national songwriting competition

Article written by BCLA Program Specialist Jody Redifer, with support from Communications Specialist Paty Rincon

When David Shine, an English teacher with the Multnomah Education Service District (MESD), and Multnomah County Library (MCL) Program Specialist Jody Redifer teamed up, their goal was to bring the youth at Donald E. Long (DEL) Juvenile Detention Center together for a national songwriting competition. The library’s outreach work at DEL is made possible by a longstanding partnership between the library and Multnomah County’s Department of Community Justice.

The songwriting competition, held by BreakFree Education, supports the organization’s mission to “radically improve education in the juvenile justice system.” 

For Jody, who has been facilitating a music production class in the library at DEL since late 2020, it was exciting to have English teacher David Shine approach him to collaborate on this competition.

During his time teaching the music production class, Jody has recorded over 200 songs by more than 50 youth. With the combination of David and Jody working together, students at DEL were thrilled to have this project underway. David took lead on the writing, and Jody managed the production and engineering. 

Through the songwriting competition youth not only explored music, but also the specific themes pertaining to each song. It is this lesson plan component that allows the youth to grow introspectively, while gaining new musical skills. 

BreakFree Education’s mission for this program is that “through this initiative, students explore policy issues that impact their lives. Students harness the power of music to create, produce, and share songs that address issues related to juvenile justice reform.” The songwriting competition is the result of this work, and through it the organization “amplifies the voices of youth justice.”

Students at DEL put their all into the songwriting and performances. This is something which may sound practical, but is not always easy in a detention environment. They expressed their perspective on social conditions and the struggles they and other youth face.

As a result of the hard and thoughtful work the youth put in and the collaboration between MESD and MCL, two of the units at DEL finished in the top 10 nationwide, with unit A2 taking 3rd place on October 28, 2021!

Students at DEL, David and Jody are excited for the prospect of more partnerships like this. In the immediate future, the next collaboration looks to be the publication of works of fiction and non fiction by the students at DEL with the help of MCL. With David working on the writing aspect, and Jody on the publication side, this is bound to be a successful venture! Again bridging the creative ideas of youth, into hands-on and constructive skills.

2021 Graphic Rave Now Available

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The graphic novels on this list were published between March 1, 2020 and April 30, 2021. Titles were nominated by teens and library staff in Oregon. OYAN members voted to select the 19 titles on the list and worked to create a balanced list that includes a variety of genres and diverse titles. Learn more about the annual Graphic Rave and access past lists on the OYAN website.

COVID-19 Writing project

Ian Duncanson (he/him)
Community Engagement Librarian, Beaverton City Library
OYAN Secretary

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In mid-October 2020, the Beaverton City Library was approached by Riley Kessler, a then 15-year-old Girl Scout who was looking to earn her Gold Award, which is the highest level awarded in Girl Scouts. According to the Girl Scouts, “Gold Award Girl Scouts are rock stars, role models, and real-life heroes. How do they do it? By using everything they’ve learned as a Girl Scout to help fix a problem in their community or make a lasting change in their world.” Riley had participated in some of the library’s previous creative writing contests and proposed that we put together a similar writing project that would allow teenagers to talk about their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic in a form of writing that they chose. I was unable to have in-person programs, so I was eager to have the opportunity to help Riley with her project. It aligned perfectly with core YALSA and library values and gave teens in our community a voice during the pandemic.

The structure of the project took place over several months. From the outset, I wanted this to be Riley’s project with me in an advisory role. We at first envisioned this as a contest with prizes, like the library’s creative writing contests, but we soon decided to just make it a writing project that would collect experiences for the historical record. As Riley writes, “My goal throughout working on the project was, simply, to bring a voice to a frequently ignored demographic, and in the process help adults gain an understanding of the hardships of being a teenager during such a strange and stressful period of history.” One of the requirements of the Gold Award is that the project must “be sustainable and measurable,” so the entries that we received would be compiled into a book that would be cataloged and added to the Beaverton City Library’s collection and published on the Web. We gave writers the option to remain anonymous due to the personal nature of the writing.

I put together a PDF flyer explaining the project and sent it to Riley for her edits and approval. We collected submissions from April to June of 2021 via an online form created by Beaverton’s Web team. Riley did much of the work getting the word out to schools and the news media about her project. She was featured on KGW news, KPTV, and KATU as well as the Oregon Historical Society’s newsletter. Once the deadline passed, she edited the submissions and put them together into a booklet that we printed through Beaverton’s repro services department. Riley also set up a Web site to share the writing with the public. All told, the project took approximately 13 months from conception to completion, with Riley putting in 80+ hours of work on it.

I’m honored to have been able to help Riley earn her Gold Award by assisting in an advisory capacity for her project. It was great to be able to help with something meaningful during a dark time when so many other things that I enjoy about being a librarian were not possible.

2022 Mock Printz

Do you like young adult books? Do you like to talk? Want to talk about young adult books? Let’s do it! 

The 2022 Mock Printz, hosted by the Oregon Young Adult Network, is free and open to teens and adults who work with teens.  

1-5 p.m Saturday, January 22 | On Zoom 

What do we do? We find and read 8 outstanding books from 2021 and then spend an afternoon in an intensive discussion of those books. Then we vote which is most likely to be a contender for the 2022 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.  

It’s marvelous. If you like that kind of thing.  

Here is how: 

1)      Sign up at 

2)      Find and read the 8 Oregon Mock Printz books: 

  • The City Beautiful by Aden Polydoros  – A haunting, Jewish, queer historical fantasy where dreams meet nightmares in 1893 Chicago 
  • All Our Hidden Gifts by Caroline O’Donoghue – A Irish schoolgirl delving into a talent for tarot reading is pulled through the edges of reality 
  • The Burning: Black Wall Street and the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 adapted by Hilary Beard from the book by Tim Madigan – Absorbs the reader in the moment and impact of one of the worst acts of racial violence in America’s history 
  • When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez – A searing novel in verse lays bare the joys and pain of a first-generation Puerto Rican growing up in Bushwick 
  • Incredible Doom by Matthew Bogart and Jesse Holden – Return to the 90s in a graphic novel connecting three teens on the fringe through newfangled Internet technology 
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley – Daunis Fontaine goes undercover for the FBI, seeking answers about a murder and her place in her Ojibwe community 
  • Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo – A tender, risky first love blooms between Lily and Kath in San Francisco’s 1954 Chinatown 
  • In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner – Deep roots in Appalachia pull at Cash even as he escapes to a new prep-school life in Connecticut and comes into his own as a poet 

3)      Join us from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, January 22 on Zoom. Information will be emailed to all registered participants as The Big Day approaches. 

Questions? Ask Mock Printz coordinator Sonja Somerville – ssomerville at 

Nominate Books for the 2022 Book Raves

Colorful books stacked together. Text says, "Best books for middle and high school-aged readers, chosen by Oregon's young adult librarians."

If you read teen books, I really want to know about it! Because now is the time to make nominations for the 2022 Book Rave!

Book Rave is an annual list produced by the members of the Oregon Young Adult Network and announced in April. Books nominated should be written and marketed for readers of middle and high school age (generally 6th-12th grade) and be published between November 1, 2020, and December 31, 2021.

Aaaaand … that’s it. If you read a good book that should be promoted to Oregon teens and it was published between those dates – nominate it! Nominate many! Or a few. Or one.

Here is the form. It doesn’t take long to add some books that you think are worthy of being promoted to Oregon teens:


We want our list to include a variety of genres and voices that includes books for both younger and older teen readers. We have a lively interest the inclusion of Oregon authors and/or Oregon settings. This list does not include graphic novels. OYAN also organizes a separate Graphic Rave list published in the fall.

Nominations will be collected until December 15, 2021. OYAN members will then be invited to vote on the nominated books, narrowing the list to approximately 20 OYAN Book Rave selections. The list is further discussed at the winter meeting of the Oregon Young Adult Network, usually held in January. To see past lists and get more information about Book Rave, visit OYAN’s Book Rave webpage.

Please nominate early and often!!

Questions? Ask contact Sonja.

-Written by Sonja Somerville at Salem Public Library

Join us for the fall OYAN meeting!

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Join us at the virtual joint OYAN/CSD meeting on Friday, November 19, from 12:00 PM—2:00 PM.

During the first hour, Meredith Farkas will lead a discussion about Slow Librarianship. If you did not see her presentation at the 2021 OLA Conference or want a refresher, please watch her presentation on YouTube prior to the meeting. During the second hour, OYAN will convene the quarterly meeting. I you would like to suggest an agenda items, please send them to oyan at

The link to the zoom meeting will be sent out on the OYAN and Kids-lib listservs at a later date. If you’re not already registered for those lists, you can do so here: