OYAN Review: 90 Seconds of Fame

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 Sonja Somerville at the Salem Public Library.

A momentary hush fell over the room as the screen sprang to life. It was a big moment for seven members of the Salem Public Library Teen Advisory Board — a moment months in the making. They were about to see all 90 seconds of their creative retelling of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine on the big screen, during the official screening of the annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

They were ready, and perhaps a bit sheepish, as the audience met their Ella (played by an eggplant with glued-on googly eyes) and Prince Charmant (a poblano pepper with with glued-on googly eyes). But as it turns out, this madcap creative effort was a good fit for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an annual project organized by James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish.

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CSLP Teen Video Challenge: Officially Live!

You could win $150 plus an award for your library. State winners will be shared with libraries across the country and used to promote Summer Reading. Your video could inspire readers everywhere!

For tips and resources, read the Collaborative Summer Library Program (CLSP) Teen Video Challenge tips and resources PDF. Questions? Email oyancslp@gmail.com.

For details, including eligibility, video criteria, and the entry form, visit the OLA website. The deadline for entry is March 5th. Good luck!

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.


OYAN Raffle tickets available

We are pleased to announce that tickets for the 2016 OYAN Raffle are now available for sale online at http://bit.ly/1ULKE0v. 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!

Teen Video Challenge 2011

Here’s a great contest to promote to teens at your library!

Teens aged 13-18 years old are invited to participate in the 2011 Collaborative Summer Library Program video challenge! The task? Create a public service announcement (PSA) to promote the library’s 2011 summer reading program, “You Are Here!” The teen or group of teens who submit the winning video will receive $250, and their Oregon public library will receive $100. The winning entry will also be submitted to the national CSLP, and if approved, will be made available online for other libraries to use in promoting their programs. Entries are due by March 15, 2011!

Click the links below to download the PDF documents!

Contest Details – Oregon

Contest Overview

Entry Form

Model Release Form

Beaverton City Library’s 55 Fiction Contest!

The Beaverton City Library is once again running a 55 Fiction Contest! Teens in grades 6-12 are challenged to write a story in just 55 words! Our fantastic Library Foundation is sponsoring this contest, so the prizes are pretty sweet. The contest is only open to teens in Washington County, but I’m attaching the flyer to this post. Feel free to replicate or modify the contest guidelines to fit your library! We find that we get the most response from shorter, less rigidly-defined creative writing contests!

Beaverton’s 55 Fiction Contest Entry Form and Guidelines (November 2010)