Finding Funding Case Study: The Dalles-Wasco County Public Library Teen Space

Golden dollar bill signs hang from fishing line, dark shadows cast behind themIt can be tough to find funding for all of the great ideas you want to make happen at your library. In this occasional series, we’ll highlight different funding sources you may not know about or may not know how to tap.

Last July, the Dalles-Wasco County Public Library opened their new teen area, the Athenaeum. The space includes a digital media lab, a DIY maker bar, a video game lounge, and a study nook — and was only possible because of the many different donors and funders that supported the project. We talked to Megan Hoak, Teen Services Coordinator, to learn more about how the library secured the funding for this exciting renovation. Her responses have been lightly edited for publication on the blog.

Tell me about the initial conversations around budget when your new teen space was being planned. Who was in charge of the financial aspect of the renovation? At what point did you decide to seek outside funding?

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Locally Grown booklist: Books Set in Oregon

This booklist [pdf] comes from the Tualatin Public Library and features teen books set in Oregon.

This Is the Part Where You Laugh by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
Rising sophomore Travis and his best friend, Creature, spend a summer in a Eugene trailer park dealing with cancer, basketball, first love, addiction, gang violence, and a reptilian infestation.

What Light by Jay Asher
Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon, and every year they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. Sierra meets Caleb, who is not your perfect guy, and is determined to help him.

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2018 OYEA Award Nominations Sought

Posted on behalf of Violeta Garza of Multnomah County Library (with slight modifications for publication on the blog):

It’s time to nominate someone for OYAN’s prestigious OYEA Award!

Here’s the lowdown:

WHO*: An individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon may be given the award. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. The individual, library, or organization shall reside or operate principally in Oregon.
  2. Only living persons may be considered for the award.
  3. If a program or initiative is being nominated, it must have occurred within the previous or current year of nomination.

* Preference shall be given to nominees who are supported by a letter of recommendation written and submitted by a teen.

I’ll need the following information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s contact information
  • Description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State Of Oregon.

Please send your nominations to me by March 16, 2018, either by email or at the address below.

Violeta Garza
c/o Troutdale Library
2451 SW Cherry Park Rd.
Troutdale, OR 97060


OYAN Past Co-Chair

Youth Media Awards 2018!

The American Library Association’s Youth Media Awards were announced this morning! Here are the YA winners:

Michael L. Printz Award for the best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit, each year

  • Winner: We Are Okay by Nina LaCour
  • Honor: Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
  • Honor: Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Honor: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (the OYAN Mock Printz winner!)
  • Honor: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults for the best nonfiction book published for young adults (ages 12-18) during a November 1 – October 31 publishing year.
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OYAN Review: Teen Mystery Program

This post is an article from the Winter 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Marian Rose at the Seaside Public Library.

I consider myself lucky that my library is right across the street from our district middle school. The teen events are held after school on Tuesdays for one hour (unofficially an hour and a half). Although it’s easy access for teens to attend after school, keeping it interesting and fun (while introducing what the library has to offer) to keep them coming back and wanting more can be a challenge.

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