What is Klamath County Library doing for teens? By Stephanie Goodwin

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

  1. A smaller group is better
  2. Have 1 library staff member who is a lifeline to help teens solve the puzzles. Typically teens can ask 3 questions.
  3. 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

Learn more about Klamath County Library via their website and facebook page.

Want to share what your library is doing for teens? Contact Katie Anderson.

 

 

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!

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OYAN Book Rave – THE VOTING BEGINS!

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.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5KXSVPK

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

https://www.goodreads.com/review/list/3611201?shelf=book-rave-nominees-2015

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 ssomerville@cityofsalem.net

Graphic Rave 2014

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

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/LWPY23P

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