Call for fall newsletter articles

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.

Fresh Off the Press: 2015 Sprint OYAN Review!

Check out the Spring OYAN Review!

You will find program ideas on making stop-motion videos, starting a crafting club, and providing early literacy programs for teen parents. Plus insights to letting go of your teen council, meet the new OYEA Award winner Aimee Meuchel, an interview with author of Jackaby, William Ritter, and much more.

Download your copy today!



By Sonja Somerville,

Hello, OYAN members,

I know you have all been holding your breath, waiting for the chance to VOTE on the 2015 OYAN Book Rave. Well, exhale and use the link below to visit SurveyMonkey and vote away!

The voting window is a bit small this year, so jump right in! We’ll be taking votes through Monday, January 12.

There is still time, however, to read another book or two from the list. More information is readily available at our OYAN GoodReads page:

Votes will be tallied and the results hashed over at the OYAN Winter Membership Meeting from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Woodburn Public Library (more on that soon!) We would love to have you there!

If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, please contact me at

Graphic Rave 2014

Survey Monkey is ready to start taking your votes for the Graphic Rave 2014

Please refer to the attached spreadsheet for more information about each nominated title.  There is a choice for a “no” vote.  If you feel strongly that a nominated book does not deserve to be a part of the Graphic Rave, please vote no.  Please, please only use the “no” vote if you feel a certain book is very inappropriate for this list – not just something you don’t personally like.  I’ll subtract no votes from the yes votes to get a total.  If you like a title, vote yes!  Survey Monkey uses IP addresses to remember votes; you’ll be able to add votes as you keep reading nominated titles, as well as see how you’ve already voted (assuming you always vote from the same computer).

You can vote until July 21st (since I’m a little late getting this out).  Be prepared to discuss and debate the results at the Summer Membership meeting on July 25th.


Thanks for voting!

Traci Glass

Teen Services Librarian

ORCA Awards Voting Now Open

From Stuart Levy, ORCA Chair:

“With tomorrow beingMarch, people can officially start to vote for their favorite Oregon Reader’s
Choice Award book.

Please encourage your students and your patrons to vote for their favorite ORCA
book. As long as they have read 2 or more books in any of the 3 divisions, then
they are allowed to vote in that division. Since there were a number of
crossover books, any student who competed in OBOB is eligible to vote in the

People have until March 31st to vote. Please collect the votes
at your school or library. There are paper ballots that you can download from
the ORCA website (,
or you can create your own. You also could do an electronic ballot, if you
would rather. I have made a Google form for my students to use for voting that
I am willing to share. Google has now changed how they can be shared, so you
cannot easily just use mine. If you want an electronic ballot, which you can
modify to only show some of the divisions, please email me with your Google
account and I can make one for you. (Yes, you have to have a Google account to
use this particular electronic ballot.)

Once you have the votes for your building all tallied, please submit them using
this Google form: .
Please submit your overall votes by April 4th.

Thank you SO much for promoting reading through the Oregon Reader’s Choice
Award. Later in April we will announce the winners, plus the titles for the
2015 ORCA Divisions.”