Nominate Your Favorite Title for the 2016 Graphic Rave!

Guess what?  It’s time for Graphic Rave nominations!!  For those of you who are new to OYAN or just forgotten – the Graphic Rave is OYAN’s annual list of the best graphic novels, comics and manga for teens.  The process will be almost, if not totally, identical to the process we all go through to come up with our Book Rave list.

Only books published from May 1, 2015 to April 30, 2016 can be included on the 2016 Graphic Rave.

Here are the requirements of the list:

·         A wide variety of genres is desirable.  It may include fantasy, suspense, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, romance, sports, adventure, animal stories, growing up, contemporary realism, poetry and non-fiction.  The following will be mandatory each year:

o   At least one non-fiction title

o   At least three titles published by a non-major publisher.

o   At least three titles published by publisher located in the Pacific Northwest.

o   At least three trade collections of comics originally released as separate issues.

o   At least three titles created in the manga style.

o   At least three titles should be published by a major publisher.

·         A variety of books for younger and older teens must be included.

·         A balance between male and female protagonists is desirable.

·         Only one book per author, per genre will be included.

·         Only one title in a series will be considered per year (it does not need to be the first volume).

·         The list should reflect multicultural diversity.

When nominating a book, please include the author, title, genre, month and year of publication and publisher.   Send all nominations to  The last day to nominate a title is June 1st.

Here are some official dates to remember:

•                    June 1: Nominations close.

•                    June 15: Preliminary voting opens.

•                    July 15: Preliminary voting closes.

•                    July 22:  OYAN Mtg – Discuss GR final list

Again, please send all nominations to  Also, feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

The Teens of Salem Public Library Win the Summer Reading Video Contest

Congratulations to Salem Public Library’s Teen Advisory Board and Teen Librarian Sonja Somerville for winning the 2016 teen summer reading video challenge! Watch their winning video online now.

The Collaborative Summer Library Program’s (CSLP) Teen Video Challenge is a national competition for teens to get involved with reading and their public library’s summer reading program.  Winning videos were selected at the state level to be recognized as an official CSLP Teen Video Challenge winner for 2016. For their hard work and creativity, each winner for this year’s competition received a monetary award of $150 and the awards can be used as each winner sees fit. You can watch the winning videos from other states on the CSLP website.

You may use any of these videos to promote your own summer reading program!They are great for posting on your website and social media.

If you think teens at your library might want to participate in CSLP’s Teen Video Challenge, start planting the idea in their heads now so they’re motivated to create their own video for the 2017 teen summer reading video challenge. The 2017 summer reading theme and slogan will be Build A Better World. Information about participating in the 2017 Teen Video Challenge will be sent out next winter.


The 2016 Book Rave brochures are here!

The 2016 OYAN Book Rave has been announced! This list celebrating the best of young adult literature from the previous year is revealed each year at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference. This year’s list has 21 stellar titles published between November 1, 2014 and October 31, 2015. Books are nominated and later voted on by the members of the Oregon Young Adult Network.
Now that the list is available (in printable PDF – both color and b/w), the rest is up to you. Print it! Share it! Show it to teens! Create displays! Help Oregon teens find and read these exemplary books.
Also, stay alert for your opportunity to be a part of developing these best lists. A call for Graphic Novels is out now, for a list that will be announced in October. We’ll start looking for new Book Rave nominations in August.

This Year’s OYEA! Winner is Amy Wilde

Congratulations are due to Amy Wilde, librarian at Cascade Middle School in Bend. Amy is the 2016 winner of OYAN’s You’re Excellent Award (OYEA!), which was presented at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference in April. In addition to her varied work in the school library, Amy was commended for teaching engaging lessons on research and leading the school’s Where Everyone Belongs group of student leaders who organize welcoming activities and teach lessons to other students. She is, it was noted, innovative, resourceful, and inspiring to be around.

Amy was nominated by April Witteveen of the Deschutes Public Library with the support of her colleagues and many, many students who wrote heartfelt letters detailing how Amy has impacted their lives as readers and as people. Just some of their compliments for her included:

  • She has helped many readers like me fall deeper in love with reading.
  • She spends so much time making sure things are orderly in the library and everywhere else.
  • She shows true compassion for all students.
  • Her enthusiasm fills the room and seeps in to those around her.
  • She is honest, supportive, focused, humorous, committed, positive, creative, and passionate.
  • She showed me how awesome the book collection at the library is, but also created awesome after school, before school, and during lunch programs like lunch n’ movies, movie nights, and multiple clubs.
  • Everyone at our school – reader or not – knows who Mrs. Wilde is. Not just because she is silly or crazy, but because, no matter who you are, Mrs. Wilde can find a book for you.
  • Amy has an amazing collection of crazy hats, wigs, and silly costumes that can bring a smile to even the toughest teen’s face.
  • [Miss Wilde has taught me] we should not be judged by our differences, we should embrace them. I may not be the same, but that is not bad. Mrs. Wilde has taught me the word unique, and unique is a beautiful word.


Let’s meet up at OLA

Join us at Riverbend Brewing Sports Pub (within walking distance from the convention center) on Thursday at 5:30 pm for free snacks and the announcement of OYAN’s OYEA (OYAN You’re Excellent Award) recipient. Stick around a bit to talk books, libraries and anything else!

Riverbend Brewing is located at 2650 NE Division Street Bend, OR 97701.  it is about an 8 minute walk from the Riverhouse at the corner of Hwy 97 and Division St, across the road from the river.

OYAN Raffle tickets available

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2016 OYAN Raffle are now available for sale online at We accept Visa, Mastercard, and Discover, and there is no need to be a member of OLA or even have anything to do with libraries. It’s open to everyone.

Tickets for this year’s raffle are $5 each or 5 for $20. Prizes range from the classiest of the classy (a two-night stay at Sylvia Beach Hotel, tickets for two to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, tickets for two to the Portland Center Stage) to the fun (Pelican Brewery gift card, British Tea Basket, and an 80s Nostalgia Kit). We will also be selling tickets at a table during the OLA Conference in Bend.

Our biggest gratitude to all members who contributed to the raffle. Also, thanks for supporting OYAN and library services for teens in Oregon!