OYAN Review: Are You Ready for Eclipse 2017?

This post is an article from the Summer 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Keli Yeats of the Multnomah County Library.

A photograph of a partial solar eclipseAs you may have heard, “The Great American Eclipse” is coming on Monday, August 21st, and parts of Oregon are on the path of totality (Here’s a list of communities that will be able to see the full eclipse). Other areas should be able to see a partial or near total eclipse.

While you are preparing for traffic and tourists, many of your are planning programs as well. Fortunately there are a lot of resources to help you with your program.

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OYAN Review: My First Author Crush

This post is an article from the Summer 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Julie Jeanmard of the Cottage Grove Public Library.

Author Maggie Stiefvater stands on a stage, pointingAfter attending OLA this year in Salem, I would have to say I have my first author crush. I think anyone who attended Maggie Stiefvater’s event this year would agree with me that she is an excellent orator full of wonderfully hilarious stories and experiences. She regaled us with stories about traveling Europe to discover new scenes in researching her novels. She spoke about her love for cars, including a story about accidentally being responsible for setting John Green on fire while racing him. She also relayed her personal journey towards becoming a published author, starting with a rejection of her early manuscripts from her college’s English department. I loved what she said about planning out books like a road trip. She plans out the major destinations of the book and then might take detours, but she comes back to the original outline and continues down the path of the preplanned story. Her presentations Friday evening and Saturday morning were the highlight of my week in Salem.

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OYAN Review: A Room of Their Own: Teens Get a New Space at The Dalles-Wasco County Library

This post is an article from the Spring 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Megan A. Hoak of The Dalles-Wasco County Library.

floor plan for a teen space in a public libraryThis summer, The Dalles-Wasco County Library will open a new teen area. This space has been specifically designed for students in 6th-12th grade. The library is utilizing a $40,000 Capacity Grant from Oregon Cultural Trust, in conjunction with matching funds from Google, in order to repurpose a 1,020 square foot section of the library’s second floor.

The library applied for the grant in April of 2016 after seeing an 87% increase in attendance at library programs for middle and high school students. This dramatic increase, along with the desire to help improve local high school graduation rates, served as the inspiration for this project.

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OYAN Review: Awarding Mock Printz!

This post is an article from the Spring 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Ian Duncanson of the Beaverton City Library and Lisa Elliot of the Tigard Public Library.

The cover of the book The Lie Tree by Frances HardingeLisa: On January 21, 35 folks attended the 2017 Mock Printz work shop at the Central Branch of Multnomah Public Library. Meanwhile, 100,000 people descended on downtown Portland for the Women’s March. That’s right, 100,000 demonstrators, 35 workshop attendees, and I still got a parking spot. For next year, we’ll work a little harder to anticipate political upheaval, thus avoiding major advocacy schedule conflicts. For this year, however, I was happy to spend the afternoon in a warm, dry room with 35 librarians and teens in solidarity over our love of good books. Ian, how was your day?

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OYAN Review: Six, Maybe Seven Things I’ve Learned in Almost 6 Months as a Teen Librarian

This post is an article from the Winter 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Rachel Timmons of the Hood River Library.

A cardboard TARDIS with the foot of someone inside visible“I have my cardigan and my sunglasses, so I’m ready for anything!” I said this originally about a day out in San Francisco, but it seems to apply pretty well to being a Teen Librarian. I started as the Teen Services Librarian for the Hood River County Library District in August. There had been a teen services person before me, but I am the first Teen Librarian. While people always talk about jumping right into a new job, for me it was more of a head first dive. When I was hired there was an overnight teen lock-in scheduled and full of participants but otherwise unplanned. I got my desk on Thursday and the lock-in was on Friday. And from that amazing and sleep deprived start, I’ve learned some lessons that they only sort of teach you in school: Continue reading

OYAN Review: 2016 YALSA Symposium In a Former Hometown

This post is an article from the Winter 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Violeta Garza of the Multnomah County Library.

OYAN does not simply support teen services in Oregon, but at times, it reunites members with their Ghosts of Library Past. I finished library school while working at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in 2008, and thanks to an OYAN scholarship, I was able to attend this year’s YALSA Symposium in Pittsburgh, PA. So basically I met author Jesse Andrews (highlight #3) while learning about teen trends (highlight #2) and also learning from my super talented former library colleagues (highlight #1).

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San Antonio Public Library Teen Services Coordinator Jennifer Velasquez — my boss of yore — blew my mind when she reminded me that children’s services in libraries run 12 years, adult services for decades, but teen services is really only 6 years.No wonder our numbers for teen programs are small! It’s our smallest window. Hang in there, and talk about your success stories within those numbers.

An image of librarian Violeta Garza (shown from the shoulders up) is superimposed on a scene from a Star Wars movie in which Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher are visibleCarnegie Library of Pittsburgh Digital Librarian Corey Wittig spoke of building equity and reaching those teens who are not yet in the library. He did a teen series project where teens built a “Humans of New York”-style blog about Pittsburgh trolley workers. Upon completion after 5 days, teens got a $100 gift certificate. This ensured that teens not only walked away feeling good about the experience, but they also made the connection between learning and making money. Also, teens get badges when learning to use their Makerspace-type equipment in the Labs, such as the music recording booth, the green screen and iPad, and the like. CLP staff get to know the teens first, and then comes the learning and the badge.

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OYAN Review: The Uncertain Future of Douglas County Libraries

This post is an article from the Winter 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Violeta Garza of the Multnomah County Library.

Federal timber payments are drying up in Southern Oregon, and libraries are being hit hard. In 2007, this conflict was brought to national attention when voters in Jackson County failed to pass a funding levy, which resulted in all libraries closing for six months. They were able to provide services to patrons by operating with severely restricted hours under the management of a nonprofit. In 2014, voters approved a library district, and Jackson County was able to resume normal library operations.

Marilyn Woodrich speaks at a kickoff for a campaign aimed at saving the Douglas County Library System in RosebergDouglas County is the now facing this economic crisis. Comprising an area of over 5,000 square miles which span the coast to the Cascades and serving 100,000 people, Douglas County has already made deep cuts in many county services to deal with this loss of revenue, and the library is the newest casualty. The Douglas County Library System is slated to close ten of its eleven branches on April 1st and the main branch in Roseburg on May 30th. Continue reading