Books That Go Bump in the Night: a horror book list

This booklist comes from the Beaverton City Library and features horror titles for teens.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Tana travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a strange vampire boy in tow. (Grade 9+)

The Diviners (series) by Libba Bray
Evie uses her secret ability to read people’s past to hunt down a serial killer, encountering dead bodies at every turn. (Grade 10+)

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Congratulations to OYEA winner Sonja Sommerville!

This text has been adapted from the announcement of this year’s OYEA winner at the OYAN reception last night at the Oregon Library Association’s Annual Conference.

OYAN’s You’re Excellent Award is given every year to an individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon. The award consists of an engraved glass wedge and a monetary donation of up to $100 to the teen services program of the award recipient’s choice.

This year’s winner is a long-time teen librarian and an OYAN queen in her own right: Sonja Sommerville of the Salem Public Library! Read on to hear what her colleagues and teens say about her.

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OYAN Book Rave 2018 Winners!

Every year, OYAN members choose their favorite novels for teens from the past two years. Nominations depend upon what the nominator thinks teens in Oregon will like to read or have been reading with enthusiasm, and the final list is created based on a vote of the OYAN membership. (For details, see the official selection process.)

The votes have been counted; here are this year’s winners!

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2018 Teens’ Top Ten nominees announced — plus a giveaway

the logo for YALSA's Teens' Top TenYALSA has officially announced the 2018 Teens’ Top Ten Nominees — and they’ll be giving away sets of the nominees!

The Teens’ Top Ten is a “teen choice” list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year. Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country selected by YALSA to participate (including the Salem Public Library!).

This year’s list of nominees features 25 titles that were published between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017. The nominees are: Continue reading

F*Ups and Outreach: A Day in the Life of a Teen Services Librarian

This post is by Kristy Kemper Hodge, Teen Services Librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Want more f*ups or to share your own? Join us at OLA for Many Points of Failure: One Big F*%!up.

You know that moment: You’re at an outreach site, setting up for some totally rad, yet totally-new-to-you activity, and you realize you forgot a key supply!

This moment came when I was unpacking materials and setting up my station for creating lava lamps at Cheldelin Middle School earlier this month as a pop-up maker event I was leading in the school library. I had totally forgotten the key ingredient: food coloring! How could we make colorless lava lamps? Who had even heard of such a thing?

And yet … that was not the f*up of the day. While the school librarian phoned the cafeteria, asking about food coloring, she missed by triumphant, “HUZZAH! It was here all along!” that I shouted across the school library. In between classes, of course.

No. The real f*up came right as I was leading a library full of eager, wide-eyed, and excited middle schoolers through the very first step of creating their own lava lamp. Continue reading

Diverse Voices in Teen Reads: A Book List

This booklist [pdf] comes from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and features books for teens that represent a diversity of lived experiences.

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Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose
An in-depth account of Claudette Colvin, an important yet largely unknown civil rights figure.

Dreaming in Indian: Contemporary Native American Voices
An anthology of art and writings from some of the most groundbreaking Native artists working in North America today.

The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin
An account of the 1944 civil rights protest by hundreds of African-American Navy servicemen who refused to work in unsafe conditions.

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound by Andrea Davis Pinkney
A narrative history of the Motown music label.

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