Get support for college and career readiness programs

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationYALSA has teamed up with the Association of Rural and Small Libraries to support small, rural, and tribal library staff in developing college and career prep offerings for middle schoolers. They’re now accepting applications for the second cohort of the Future Ready with the Library project, which is funded by IMLS. Thirty participants will be selected, and applications are due by September 1st. Those selected to participate in the second cohort will meet face-to-face for a two day orientation just before the ALA Midwinter meeting in Denver, Colorado.

Want details? Check out the FAQ, the list of libraries in the first cohort, updates about the project on the YALSAblog, and an informational webinar this Thursday at 4pm. We’d love to see an Oregon library in the list for the second cohort!

Nominations open for Graphic Rave 2017!

From Traci Glass:

Photograph of vintage illustration featuring classic comics characters with the text COMICS: READ ONE TODAY!Guess what? It’s time for Graphic Rave nominations (sorry this is a bit late)!! For those of you who are new to OYAN or just forgotten, the Graphic Rave is OYAN’s annual list of the best graphic novels, comics and manga for teens. The process will be almost, if not totally, identical to the process we all go through to come up with our Book Rave list.

Only books published from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017 can be included on the 2017 Graphic Rave.

Here are the requirements of the list:

  • A wide variety of genres is desirable. It may include fantasy, suspense, mystery, historical fiction, science fiction, romance, sports, adventure, animal stories, growing up, contemporary realism, poetry and non-fiction. The following will be mandatory each year:
    • At least one non-fiction title
    • At least three titles published by a non-major publisher.
    • At least three titles published by publisher located in the Pacific Northwest.
    • At least three trade collections of comics originally released as separate issues.
    • At least three titles created in the manga style.
    • At least three titles should be published by a major publisher.
  • A variety of books for younger and older teens must be included.
  • A balance between male and female protagonists is desirable.
  • Only one book per author, per genre will be included.
  • Only one title in a series will be considered per year (it does not need to be the first volume).
  • The list should reflect multicultural diversity.

When nominating a book, please include the author, title, genre, month and year of publication and publisher. Send all nominations to traci.l.glass@ci.eugene.or.us. The last day to nominate a title is August 1st.

Here are some official dates to remember:

  • August 1: Nominations close.
  • August 15: Preliminary voting opens.
  • September 15: Preliminary voting closes.

Upcoming OYAN meetings

OYAN meetings are a great way to swap book recommendations, get help with your teen programs and services, and hear what other libraries around Oregon are doing for teens in their communities. Join us at one of our upcoming meetings!

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 Book Rave 2017 winners!

Lover Book by flickr user Hazel Marie. Shows a red heart held between the pages of a bookEvery year, OYAN members choose their favorite novels for teens from the past two years. Nominations depend upon what the nominator thinks teens in Oregon will like to read or have been reading with enthusiasm, and the final list is created based on a vote of the OYAN membership. (For details, see the official selection process.)

The votes have been counted; here are this year’s winners!

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