OYAN Review: Scholarship Funds, Announcements, Upcoming Meetings

This post contains additional information from the Fall 2016 issue of the OYAN Review. We welcome all your comments, articles, photos, book reviews, ideas, and suggestions for future OYAN Review newsletters! Please submit to oyanpublications@gmail.com.

Scholarship Funds Available
Is there a professional conference that you’ve been dying to go to but the cost is prohibitive? Consider applying for a scholarship from OYAN. Most people use this fund to help defray the cost of ALA or YALSA conferences. But it can be used for any local, state, regional, or national conference.

All you need to do is fill out a short application and write a report within three months of attendance. Just check out the amazing things happening at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta GA. This fund is open to any OYAN member in good standing.

The Mock Printz Award Workshop will be Saturday January 21st at the Central branch of the Multnomah County Library and is currently open for registration. Check out our earlier post for details and Goodreads for the reading list.

OYAN Graphic Rave 2016 has been officially announced!

The OYAN Fall workshop, which was held immediately before the fall membership meeting on Friday, October 21st, was titled Outcome-Based Evaluation: Putting Teen Programs on a Level Playing Field with Children’s Programs.

Upcoming Meetings

Can’t make it to meetings in person? You can always join remotely from your desktop, tablet, or smartphone or call in from any telephone! Details will be provided via email or here on the blog before each meeting.

OYAN Review: Teen Review: Far From Fair

This post is an article from the Fall 2016 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by teen reviewer Mahadevan at the Cedar Mill Community Libraries.

A headshot of the teen who wrote the book review in this post. He is standing in front of a white brick wall and wears glasses and a navy polo. He has brown skin and dark hair and is smiling slightly.Book: Far From Fair by Elana K. Arnold
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended Age Range: 9-12 years
Rating: 4/5 stars
Publication: 2016

Far From Fair is the story of sixth grade Odette Zyskowski and how her parents decide to uproot their family from their home in California. They take a family vacation in the beat up “Coach” so that they can visit their sick Grandma Sissy in Washington. Nothing seems to go right for Odette, not when she has to sell a lot of her belongings, has to leave her best friend behind, or even when the family phone gets dropped in the ocean! This story chronicles Odette’s journey to understanding that life isn’t always fair and how we all must live with both the good and the bad.

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OYAN Review: Make the Case for Meals @ Your Library

This post is an article from the Fall 2016 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Mary Schreiber of the Cuyahoga County Public Library.

A cute, brightly-colored bento-style packed lunch with pizza, cucumber cut into a flower shape, and fruitIf you haven’t dipped your toe into serving meals at your library already, now is the perfect time to do it! In June, Amy Koester blogged about Combating Summer Food Insecurity at the Library, but it might have been too late for you to put things into place for this past summer. Never fear, here are some tips to getting started with your planning for Summer 2017!

Not sure how to make the case for serving meals at your library? Check out the following talking points, provided by Maria Trivisonno, Children’s Librarian at Cuyahoga County Public Library’s Warrensville Branch:

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OYAN Review: Sample Booktalks from The Booktalk Blog: Three middle school OBOB books

This post is an article from the Fall 2016 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It features booktalks written by Anna Monders for her blog.

The cover of Gordon Korman's MastermindsGordon Korman’s Masterminds (2015)

Eli lives in a perfect town: Serenity, New Mexico. Every house has a swimming pool, every kid has a tree house, and there’s no such thing as crime.

Eli has never been out of Serenity before — there’s really no reason to leave — but one day he and a friend go for a bike ride that takes them beyond the town limits. Eli looks back and sees the sign “Welcome to Serenity” behind him. All of a sudden, he feels sick to his stomach and gets a blinding headache. He tries to keep up with his friend, but he can’t. He topples from his bike, afraid he’s dying.

The next moment, a large military-type helicopter thunders in and lands near him. Inside the helicopter is Eli’s dad — and a half-dozen security guys. They load him into the helicopter and inject him with a sedative that knocks him out. That’s the last thing he remembers from that very strange day.

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OYAN Review: Booktalking Resources from Jackson County Library Services

This post is an article from the Fall 2016 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Anna Monders of Jackson County Library Services.

A white woman with long hair stands in front of low bookshelves topped with face-out books. She is holding a book and talking about it to a group of students who are facing away from the camera.A booktalk isn’t a summary of a book or a review of one. I like to think of a booktalk as a teaser. Or better yet, a movie trailer with live-action theatre.

As the booktalk specialist for Jackson County Library Services in Southern Oregon, I present booktalks to 4th-7th grade classes throughout the county. I want the kids in my audience to go home and beg their parents to take them to the library. I want them to say, “There was this lady who came to school today and she talked about all these books and there’s this one I’ve got to read so we need to go to the library RIGHT NOW! … Please?”

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Fall Workshop & Membership Meeting This Friday!

Don’t forget that the OYAN Fall Workshop and Membership Meeting are this Friday at the Wilsonville Public Library!

Outcome-Based Evaluation: Putting Teen Programs on a Level Playing Field with Children’s Programs
Friday, October 21, 10am to 12pm
Katie Anderson, Youth Services Consultant of the Oregon State Library, will present. Teen programs typically get significantly less attendance than children’s programs, so it’s difficult to use statistics to justify your time and budget. Outcome-based evaluation is a way to find out the impact your program has on the teens who participate and communicate the value of your time and budget. At this presentation you will get an overview of outcome-based evaluation and will work on developing an outcome-based evaluation for one of your teen programs or services. Come with one teen program or service you want to evaluate in mind. Leave with desired outcomes for that program or service, ideas for evaluating it, and ideas for communicating the result to your library director and other stakeholders. If you’d like to join us, please email Bobbye Hernandez and let us know you are coming.

And if you’re coming for the workshop, stay for the membership meeting! The fall membership meeting will be held from 1 to 4pm. OYAN meetings are lively, fun, and not just business! Share and learn about new books and program ideas with your colleagues and help strengthen teen services in libraries.

Not able to make the fall meeting? Our next one will be held on Friday, January 27th at the St. Helens Public Library — mark your calendars now!