Nominate Someone for the 2021 OYEA Award

With the OLA conference drawing near, it is time to celebrate excellence in teen services. With the challenging year we’ve had and the way you and your libraries have risen to the occasion, there is no shortage of worthy recipients. To that end, we are soliciting nominations for the OYEA! award which will be presented at the OYAN reception during the OLA conference. As the 2020 conference was cancelled, this year we will have a double award with last year’s and this year’s winner being presented with the award!

Please take some time to nominate an individual, library, organization, program or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon.

The eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. The individual, library, organization, or initiative must reside or operate primarily in Oregon
  2. Only living persons are eligible for the award.
  3. If a program or initiative is nominated, it must have occurred within the previous or current nomination year.
  4. If the nominee is a person, they do not need to be an active member of OYAN.

*Preference will given to nominees that are supported by a letter of recommendation by a teen*

The deadline is Friday, March 26th, 2021.

Submit the following information for your nomination:

  • Contact information for the nominee.
  • The nominee’s name and/or program title.
  • Description of nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon.
  • Any supporting materials.

Nominations can be sent:

Via mail:

Keli Yeats

Rockwood Library 

17917 SE Stark St.

Portland, OR 97233

Via email:

More information can be found on the OYAN website or by emailing

2021 Teen Take-and-Make (Part 9)


These are my library’s most popular take-and-makes at this point. At times, it’s been surprising to see what works and what doesn’t!

2021 Teen Take-and-Make (Part 8)


Our library just started a Take it Make it program in early January, and so far have had 30+ kits claimed. We do home deliveries here at McMinnville Public Library, so about 70% of the kits have been sent to patron who signed up via home delivery. The rest are picked up by patrons during our limited open hours.

Patrons reserve a kit online and we set the kits aside that they need and label them with their name. Our first and current kit is to make wooden image transfers, so each kit contains two wood tiles, laser printed images, sponges, and decoupage glue. Patrons watch the tutorial via Creativebug, which we have free access to courtesy of Chemeketa Cooperative Regional Library Service (CCRLS). Finding a project was tough, and we have many barriers to consider. The craft had to be:

  • On Creativebug
  • Fairly cost effective
  • Friendly to new crafters (Not require learning entirely new skills like crochet or knitting)
  • Not require patron to have their own supplies (Sewing machine, iron etc.)
  • Fit in our 9X12 bags
  • Able to be delivered safely
  • Appeal to many demographics (Tweens, teens, adults)

We have a google sheet connected to the online form so we can track sign ups, and mark them off when they have received the kit. We usually have a few kits ready to go, but it doesn’t take long to put them together when needed. The worst part is filling the little containers (1oz to go sauce containers from Amazon) and taping them closed. The containers of decoupage are the trickiest part, since we don’t want them opening and spilling. We just try and keep the kits horizontal as much as possible.

2021 Teen Take-and-Make (Part 7)


Here are the teen take-and-makes Cornelius Public Library has done (instructions are in Spanish and English). In February we are doing Yarn Hearts. I don’t have the instructions for this one yet. It’s where they blow up a heart shaped balloon, dip the yarn in glue and wrap the balloon. Once it is dried, they pop the balloon and are left with the heart shaped yarn for decoration.

2021 Mock Printz Results

The 2021 Oregon Young Adult Network Mock Printz readers and coordinators are pleased to announce that the winner – after hours of discussion and debate among the 44 participants – is:

We Are Not From Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez

This book follows the lives and journey of three children from Puerto Barrios, Guatamala who are forced to flee their community. They join forces to attempt to travel north and cross into the United States. Poignant and harrowing, Mock Printz readers agreed this is a difficult story to absorb, but many expressed they wish “everyone would read it.”

The Mock Printz group also awarded honor status to:

  • Elatsoe by Darcie Little Badger – a paranormal, magic-filled murder mystery set in an alternate Texas 
  • The Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen – a graphic novel exploring identity and family against a backdrop of multicultural fairy tales

The Oregon Mock Printz is an event hosted by the Oregon Young Adult Network in which teen and adult readers linked to libraries across Oregon first read eight possible contenders for the Michael J. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, then gather for an afternoon of intense discussion and voting in an attempt to guess which book from the previous year will receive the Printz Award later in January. This year’s Printz Award will be announced as part of the American Library Association’s Youth Media Award virtual event at 6 a.m. Pacific Time on Monday, January 25.

Other books considered for the Oregon Mock Printz this year were: Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo; Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles; Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds; The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh by Candace Fleming; and The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta.

-Written by Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

Call for articles about teen library services and YA reviews

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

OLA’s Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) is seeking submissions for the OYAN Review 2021. The Review showcases writing about teen library services by staff at all levels who work in all types of libraries. Writing by teens about books, games, music, shows, and library services is also welcome!

Please email Katie Anderson (katiea at wccls dot org) with your ideas and questions by January 30 if you would like to submit an article, young adult media review, or writing by teens with whom you work. Finalized articles will be due March 2.

We are open to your ideas and are especially seeking the following types of submissions:

  • reviews by your teens about books, games, music, and/or shows that can be checked out at the library
  • using Discord in teen library services
  • teen programming
  • engaging teens while we can’t get together in-person
  • reviews of young adult Advanced Readers’ Copies coming out this year (2021)

Reviews should be no more than 200 words. Articles should be at least 300 words. Exceptions may be made. Images to accompany your article are strongly encouraged. If you don’t have your own photo or original artwork, consider including a free stock photo that represents your article. You might find a free photo at Pexels, nappy, or The Gender Spectrum Collection. Please include the appropriate credit (e.g. Photo by Fillipe Gomes from Pexels).

Thank you for considering submitting your writing and/or your teens’ writing to the OYAN Review 2021.

2020 Teen Take-and-Make (Part 6)


Here are some Teen Take & Makes we’ve done here at the Beaverton City Library. Some of them we just adapted from craft wikis, but there’s credit given in the instruction documents.

2020 Teen Take-and-Make (Part 5)


Hermiston Public Library is doing STEM as well as fun take-and-make kits for teens in our area. Our Halloween mask take-and-make kit was the most popular. Our mold experiment was also popular. The online gaming challenge didn’t work out as well as we were hoping. It seemed that with needing to be online so much for school, many of the teens were interested, but didn’t actually do it. Part of the problem was also that their school tablets didn’t allow access to the game, but they only let us know that after the deadline for submitting scores. 

These are some of the very successful activities Cindy put together. We hope you enjoy them!

In November we ran a month long STEM mold experiment. We took slices of bread and wiped them on different surfaces around town. We then sealed those slices in ziplock bags, which were labeled, and placed them on a darkened, covered shelf in the library. Patrons could come in and see how the mold was developing. Below is the photo that was taken at the end of November just before we removed the display.

For Halloween we created a mask take-and-make craft. We bought the masks from Oriental Trading and added a paintbrush and paint to each kit.

For TeenTober, we challenged 6 of our closest libraries to an online gaming challenge. Each library found teens to represent them by playing an online zombie game. The teens were sent a link to the game and played from the safety of their home and then sent in their scores. The library whose teen got the highest score won. Hermiston won the brain trophy. (We are hoping to make this an annual event where each library has a chance to challenge the other libraries to an event of their choosing.)

For Thanksgiving, we put together a Gratitude Rock take-and-make kit. The kit included a rock, paintbrush, paint, and an acrylic pen. Teens could decorate their rocks with reasons to be grateful and keep them or leave them somewhere for someone to find. Tip: We gave out paint in tiny plastic containers with lids which we placed in a ziplock sandwich bag as an extra precaution.

For Christmas, we are putting together a reindeer take-and-make craft. The kit includes a reindeer kit that we bought from Oriental Trading and glue dots to put it together. Oriental Trading no longer sells these kits.

For New Years, we are doing a Photo Booth Accessories take-and-make craft. The kit will consist of a dry erase photo bubble board that we bought from Oriental Trading and dry erase makers.

Our January take-and-make craft will be a STEM craft where teens can make “stars in a jar“. The kit will consist of a glow stick, a glass jar and diamond glitter.

2020 Teen Take-and-Make (Part 4)


The North Plains Public Library organized our fall take & makes and programs based on themes. All youth in a family received take & makes with different activities based upon the same theme. For December, teens got “take & make & give” kits to create a watercolor card. In November, we provided financial literacy activities and games from Next Gen Personal Finance  and included snacks. In October, we challenged teens to create a beliefs and values collage to promote mental well-being. Adults typically pick up the take & makes and we haven’t received a lot of feedback.

Assembling and storing take & makes in our small library building is a challenge! For winter and spring, we are taking a break from teen take & makes and instead will be offering teen book boxes. Among a book and other goodies, these boxes will likely include a small craft project from time to time.

Fairfield designed by pieces by poly

As requested, the Worry Pet instructions from Aimee Meuchel at Tualatin Public Library!