The books on this list were published between November 1, 2017, and October 31, 2018. Titles were nominated by teens and library staff in Oregon. OYAN members voted to select the 20 titles on the list and worked to create a balanced list that includes a variety of genres and diverse titles. Learn more about the annual Book Rave and access past lists on the OYAN website.
The State Library of Oregon is participating in YALSA’s Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach project and is recruiting two teen librarians to participate!
The selected teen librarians would participate in a 2.5 day face-to-face train the trainers with teen librarians from across the country. “Participants also have the opportunity to be leaders in the field and become the go-to people in their state and nationally. Participation also provides opportunities to speak at local, regional, and national conferences and publish articles and blog posts about connected learning, computational thinking, and library youth services.”
Contact Greta Berquist (503-378-2528, firstname.lastname@example.org) by May 1, 2019, if you have any questions and are interested in participating.
Librarians and teens from across the state gathered last Saturday for another fantastic OYAN Mock Printz Workshop. After hours of polite yet passionate discussion, we settled on a winner. A favorite among teens especially, this book blew us away with its frank and relatable discussion of depression, complicated family dynamics, and the magic of tea.
This year’s winner of the Oregon Mock Printz Award is:
Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram
We also selected some honors:
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
MunMun by Jesse Andrews
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
-Written by Lisa Elliott, Tigard Public Library
2019 Mock Printz booktalks were created by David Lev, Lake County Library, and bookmarks were created by Lisa Elliott.
In recent years, the Klamath County Library has struggled with getting teens involved. It’s not unusual for us to get 20 or more teens in the library after school, but they are not interested in taking part in any activity we plan even when it’s something they suggest we do. About 2 years ago I read about the Breakout EDU escape the room kit and thought this would be a fun addition to our library so ordered one. It didn’t take long for my staff to begin writing their own mysteries and doing special after hours dinner for our teens. The teens have to pre-register and we limit our participation to 10-15 teens. They are encouraged to dress up either as a specific character, in a certain time period, or just in their fanciest. For those who don’t come dressed up we have a box of random items they can use. Our mysteries have been everything from vampires, to Dr. Diabolical infecting the world, and everything in between.
We have had a great response to this program from our teens. Often they request we do it every Friday night instead of the monthly/bimonthly schedule we are currently following. Some of our teens are very creative and come dressed up and others just come for the pizza. In the end, they are learning how to work in a team (often unsuccessfully), use the library, and tune their critical thinking skills.
A few things we have learned from doing these programs is
- A smaller group is better
- Have 1 library staff member who is a lifeline to help teens solve the puzzles. Typically teens can ask 3 questions.
- Teens do not always catch on as fast as we think they should. The first few we did were way too hard. We have had to make the puzzles easier.
Written by Stephanie Goodwin
Klamath County Library’s 2016-2017 statistics from the State Library of Oregon:
- County: Klamath
- Population: 67,410
- Registered borrowers: 38,617
- Total library visits: 315,231
- Total library hours in a typical week: 52
- Total paid staff: 33.36
Want to share what your library is doing for teens? Contact Katie Anderson.
Do you work with teens or have an interest in teen services in Oregon libraries? Please consider writing an article for the fall newsletter. There are so many options that I know you have something to share with your colleagues around the state. Have you gone to an interesting training or webinar? Did you have a really innovate program that was a huge success? Did you try something new that was a huge failure? Do you have any thoughts or opinions on issues being discussed in the library world? Have you learned any new lessons in the course of your work? Do you have a book review or book talk to share with your colleagues? Write a short article about it so that we can learn from each other.
Submissions should be 1/2 – 1 page long. Pictures with captions are nice, but not required.
Send your submissions to OYAN Publications.
The OYAN 2015 Graphic Rave list, in PDF: