OYAN Review: Aha! Moments

This post is an article from the Spring 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Julie Jenmard at the Cottage Grove Public Library.

I recently had a series of “Aha Moments” in regard to my life as a youth services librarian. It all started during the week of the OLA conference. I knew TLAB had a huge program the following week on Friday: a teen art show. Last year it was highly successful, but I was not yet at the Cottage Grove Public Library for the program. As of the start of the OLA conference, I had two art submissions; last year the two gallery walls were filled. Thus starts my panic. I heard rumors that the teens tend to wait until the last minute to turn in art, which was true as of the deadline; however, one week before the show this fact did not assuage my fear that the art show that teens had worked so hard and long putting together would be a flop. I personally wanted it bigger and better and not to fail under my guidance. So, I made a back up plan that turned out better than expected. I contacted the high school art teacher to see if I could go to her class to procure art. She responded quickly and invited me to all five of her art class periods. Tuesday did bring in about ten art pieces. Even still, those few pieces would not have had the gallery brimming with art.

The day of the visit rolls around, I have a bell schedule in my hand and I venture to the local high school for my first ever class visit as a youth services librarian. Aha moment number one: I am not nervous around a large group of teens. I have never had the opportunity to be around so many teenagers at once. Instead of feeling any ounce of trepidation, I felt my introverted self more energetic around their presence.

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OYAN Review: Better Than a Bio: Meet Greta

This post is an article from the Spring 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog.

OYAN Review – spring 2018

Recently I spoke with Greta Bergquist, Youth Services Consultant at the State Library. Here’s what she had to say for herself.

What’s your deal?

I love kids and libraries. And chocolate and dogs.

Tell me about a book you didn’t finish.

Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I tried to like the Lunar Chronicles because my teens did, but I just couldn’t get into them. A few of my YA favs are Angie Thomas, Nicola Yoon, Jason Reynolds, John Corey Whaley, Deborah Heiligman, Sharon Draper and Sharon Flake. I just started Saints and Misfits by S.K. Ali.

What would I find in your fridge?

Butter, lemons, eggs, spinach. And a door full of condiments.

Are you more a hunter or gatherer?

I’d rather be a gatherer but I think I’m more of a hunter.

In the movie about your life, who would play you and what genre would it be?

A comedy starring Amy Poehler.

Great Reads for Guys

This booklist [pdf] comes from Deschutes Public Library and features recommended reads for teen guys.

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court.

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
After finally getting noticed by someone other than bullies and his angry father, Tyler enjoys his new reputation. When life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.

Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi
In a futuristic world, Nailer scavenges copper wiring from grounded ships for a living, but when he finds a beached clipper with a girl in the wreckage, he has to make a tough choice.

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Be the Next OYAN Co-Chair or Secretary!

Enjoy serving teens in libraries? Thrive on advocating for them? Are you interested in impacting teen library services and programming? If you answered yes to any of the following questions or know someone who would, then consider nominating yourself or them for the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Board. OYAN is seeking nominations for Incoming Chair (or Co-Chairs if two people are interested) and Secretary for the upcoming 2018-2019 year.

2018-2021 Chair Duties

2018-2019, Incoming Chair

  • Support the OYAN chair
  • Responsible for the OYAN raffle
  • Attend OYAN board training meeting

2019-2020, Chair

  • Attend OYAN membership and OLA Executive Board meetings
  • Prepare all OYAN meeting agendas

2020-2021, Outgoing Chair

  • Budget reports
  • OYEA banquet award

2019 Secretary duties

  • Attend all OYAN Meetings or find a replacement if unable to attend a meeting
  • Record OYAN membership and OYAN board meetings
  • Prepare all meeting minutes
  • Maintain and update organizational documents in the OYAN Executive Board procedure manual

See the OYAN website for more information about the Incoming Chair and Secretary positions.

The deadline to nominate yourself or someone else is Saturday, June 9. Please send nominations to oyan@olaweb.org.

Requirements? Be an OYAN member, like teens, and have fun!

Slides for OLA 2018 Sessions Now Available

Whether or not you were able to join us in Eugene for OLA, you can now view the slides for most presentations on Northwest Central. Of particular interest to OYAN members:

Mark your calendars: the 2019 OLA-WLA Conference will be held at the Hilton Vancouver in Vancouver, WA from April 17-20, 2019!

Upcoming Membership Meetings

OYAN meetings are a great way to swap book recommendations, get help with your teen programs and services, and hear what other libraries around Oregon are doing for teens in their communities. Join us at one of our upcoming meetings or other events!

Summer Membership Meeting
Friday, July 27th, 12pm – 4pm at the Downtown Bend Library

Fall Membership Meeting and Workshop
Date and location still to be finalized, but we’ve penciled in Friday, October 19th at the Wilsonville Public Library. Stay tuned for details!

Advocating From Home During National Library Legislative Day

This post is adapted from an email from ALA’s Washington Office.

Next week, nearly 500 library advocates are heading to Washington, DC to meet with their Senators and Representatives. The American Library Association’s Washington Office has three asks for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) this year:

  • House & Senate: Reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (S. 2271)
  • House & Senate: Fully Fund LSTA and IAL for FY 2019
  • House & Senate: Visit a library, see broadband access in action

There are plenty of ways to participate in NLLD from home! Check out the ALA toolkit, which has suggestions for writing your elected officials an email and inviting them to tour your library.

Everyone who registers will receive a reminder next week that prompts them to take action. You will also receive all the talking points you need, along with a link to the livestream taking place on Monday, May 7. Watch the issue briefing live at 9AM EDT, follow along on social via the hashtag #NLLD18, and then take action yourself!

Help us expand the impact of National Library Legislative Day and register to participate today. Already registered? Spread the word and ask your friends, colleagues, and patrons to join.