An Open Invitation to the OYAN Fall Workshop & Quarterly Meeting

An open invitation to the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Fall Workshop and Quarterly Membership Meeting …

A Focus on Non-Fiction for Young Adults:
Selection, Suggestions, and How It All Relates to Supporting the Common Core
10 a.m.-12 noon Friday, October 24
US Bank Room at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave., Portland

The OYAN Fall Workshop brings a focus on building stronger, more useful non-fiction collections, responding both to the interests of teen readers and the changing needs driven by the adoption of Common Core in the schools. At this FREE workshop, presenters will discuss best practices for assessing non-fiction texts for young adults, highlight excellent non-fiction graphic novels and narrative non-fiction, and discuss the impacts and realities of Common Core adoption. Presenters include:
• Jen Maurer, School Library Consultant, Oregon State Library – The Low-Down on the Common Core and How Non-Fiction Selectors Should Respond
• Ruth Allen, Multnomah County Library – Assessing Non-Fiction Texts for Young Adults
• Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library – Narrative Non-Fiction Booktalks and Booklist
• Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library – Non-Fiction Graphic Novels Booktalks and Booklist

So we can be sure to have the right number of seats and handouts prepared, please email OYAN Chair Sonja Somerville ( if you plan to come!

After a break for lunch (plenty of great options in downtown Portland!), the Fall Workshop will be followed by the OYAN Quarterly Meeting from 1-4 p.m. Stay for …
o Resource sharing—programming and other great ideas
o Discussion: How is your Teen Summer Reading program structured?
o Vote on the annual budget
o Reports and updates

ORCA Winners Announced!

“This year we held the 4th annual Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, co-sponsored by 3 OLA divisions (OASL, CSD, OYAN), along with the Oregon Reading Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

This year there were 2635 students who read the books and voted for for the award. We had about 60 schools participate, representing 23 school districts, the Portland Archdiocese, and independent private schools. We also had 6 public libraries participate, representing 4 library districts. All of the names of the participating institutions will be posted on the OLA website, on the ORCA homepage.”

 Upper Elementary (Junior) Division Winner, out of 1831 votes

Pie by Sarah Weeks

 Middle School (Intermediate) Division Winner, out of 487 votes

Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

 High School (Senior) Division Winner, out of 253 votes

Divergent by Veronica Roth

OYAN Book Rave 2014

The OYAN Book Rave is here! Through an arduous process, Oregon’s young adult librarians have identified 20 of the strongest entries into the world of YA literature from 2013. Having been announced and booktalked at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference, the 2014 Book Rave list is now available to download, print, and share with patrons. We also highly encourage displays of these excellent books sure to make connections with teen readers on a personal level, pull heartstrings, or just offer a boatload of fun.


Book Rave 2014 Brochure

OYEA Reception and OYAN Conference Sessions

Conference time is almost upon us and we want to make sure you all know about the location of our OYEA! reception.  After the last session ends on Thursday at 5:30 PM, we will travel to nearby Magoo’s Sports Bar to crown this year’s OYEA recipient and to socialize.  Here is Magoo’s website:  The address is 275 Commercial St. SE  Salem.  We will have a bevy of snacks waiting for us and there should be something for everyone.  I hope many of you can come on Thursday evening to visit and celebrate another year of Young Adult library advocacy.

In addition, don’t forget all the great sessions we have planned this year.  Along with the great preconference with Linda Braun.  We have these great sessions listed below.  Hope to see some of you there!


Mark Richardson OYAN Chair Young Adult Librarian Cedar Mill Library

Thursday 2 – 3:30 PM Graphic Rave & Graphic Reads!

Description: Join OYAN as it showcases graphic literature for teens! Learn all about the titles that made it onto our 2013 Graphic Rave list – OYAN’s annual list of the best graphic novels, comics and manga for teens. Plus, get an inside look at how a graphic novel is developed and brought to fruition by Sara Ryan! Her first graphic novel, Bad Houses, with art by Carla Speed McNeil, is about love, trust, hoarding, and dead people’s stuff and was published by Dark Horse Comics!

Presenters: Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library; Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Community Library; Sara Ryan, Multnomah County Library

Thursday 4-5:30 PM Making vs. Crafting

Description: Libraries have been stimulating creativity through crafting for years–with children, certainly; with teens, probably; and with adults, maybe. Does this make libraries one of the original makerspaces or hopelessly behind the times? Explore the line between crafting and making, with a little discussion and a lot of hands-on opportunities to experience crafting and making opportunities to bring out the creative and maker energy of communities.

Presenters: Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library; Sara Ryan, Multnomah County Library; Aimee Meuchel, Tualatin Public Library; K’Lynn Hann, Newberg Library; Bobbye Hernandez, Tillamook County Library.

Friday  11-12:30 School Campus Event Promotions

Description: Forget Facebook and flyers. Non-digital social networks (also known as friends) are what drive students to your event, so promote face-to-face: How do you get on campus? When and where do you go? What do you do when you get there? With a few simple games and activities you can boost your event attendance, and then show teens everything your library really has to offer.

Presenter: Brad Clark, Wilsonville Public Library

Friday  2:15- 3:45 OYAN Book Rave

Description: Wondering what’s new in teen literature this year because you haven’t had time to read? Let OYAN help! Learn which titles should be part of your collection. These books will make connections with teen readers on a personal level, pull your heartstrings, or are just a lot of fun. OYAN members will talk about hot teen titles!

Presenters: Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library; Barratt Miller, Crook County Library; Abbie Anderson, North Bend Public Library; April Witteveen, Deschutes Public Library

“The Teen Video Challenge is an annual event from the Collaborative Summer Library Program, which encourages teens to create their own 30-90 second videos promoting Summer Reading. One winner from Oregon will represent us on the national CSLP website, and all the state winners will be posted for anyone to use to promote their “Spark a Reaction” teen summer reading program for 2014. Each state’s winners will also receive a cash prize of $275, plus their public library gets goodies from Upstart/Highsmith/Demco worth $125.

We had two terrific entries this year, one from Cedar Mill Library and one from Dexter McCarty Middle School in Gresham. To place your vote:

1) go to the OYAN TVC channel on YouTube ( by midnight this Sunday

2) click on the 2014 TVC Playlist

3) watch the videos

4) rejoice that such amazing talents glow so bright among our young people

5) place your vote by clicking “Like” for the one you like best.

Here’s a direct link to the 2014 TVC OR entries playlist:

Go! Vote! Rejoice!”

Your OYAN CSLP Liaison,
Abbie Anderson