YALSA opportunities: Summer Funding, Selected Booklists

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationApply Now for the 2019 Summer Learning Grants!
Eligible YALSA members can now apply for the Summer Learning Resources Grant and the Teen Summer Intern Program Grant. Both grants are worth $1,000 each and are generously funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation. Twenty-five recipients will be selected for each grant. Apply by January 1, 2019.

Be on a Selected Booklist Blogging Team!
Are you interested in serving on a selected list blogging team in 2019? If so, please fill out this form by September 30, and indicate if you are interested in Quick Picks, Great Graphic Novels, Amazing Audiobooks, and/or Best Fiction for Young Adults. If you have questions, please contact Stephen Ashley, Hub Member Manager.

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.

YALSA’s Teens’ Top Ten: Vote and Apply to Be a Reading Group!

Did you see that YALSA’s 2018 Teens’ Top Ten shortlist was announced?

Voting is open through Teen Read Week (October 7-13), so have your teens vote on their favorites soon!

And if your teens really love to read, apply before October 1st to be a reading group for the list! Fifteen groups will be selected from the applicants to fulfill a 2 year term, which begins in January of 2019 through December 31, 2020. Curious about what the experience is like? Read more about Salem Public Library’s participation in the Teens’ Top Ten.

Funny Teen Reads

books stacked on top of a table outdoors at dusk with lights in the backgroundThis booklist [pdf] comes from the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library and features funny books for teens.


Boys Don’t Knit (in Public) by Tom Easton
After a brush with the law, Ben, a dyed-in-the-wool worrier, must take up a new hobby and chooses knitting, an activity at which he excels but must try to keep secret from his friends, enemies, and sports-obsessed father.

Dan Versus Nature by Don Calame
Shy and scrawny Dan Weekes spends his time creating graphic novels inspired by his dream girl. Then his mom drops a bomb: she and her latest beau, Hank, are engaged, and she’s sending her “two favorite men” on a survivalist camping trip to “bond.”

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Graphic Rave 2018 voting!

Photograph of vintage illustration featuring classic comics characters with the text COMICS: READ ONE TODAY!Posted on behalf of Traci Glass, with light editing for publication on the blog.

Hi OYANers!

It’s that wonderful time of year: time to start voting for the 2018 Graphic Rave!

Please refer to the PDF [attached to Traci’s email on 8/6] 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 that a certain book is very inappropriate for this list — not just something you don’t personally like or didn’t read. I’ll subtract no votes from the yes votes to get a total. If you like a title, vote yes! I’ve configured the survey so you can edit your responses as many times as you’d like (I think as long as you use the same computer) as you read titles over the next month.

This first round of voting will end on Saturday, September 8. If we don’t meet our criteria with the list of titles generated by the first round of voting, there might be a second round of voting — I’ll let you know!

Thank you for voting, and let me know if you have any questions.


OYAN Review: OASL Conference

This post is an article from the Summer 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Kristy Kemper Hodge at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.

October 2017 was my first foray into OASL. It. Was. Incredible. There were amazing and inspiring authors, as well as passionate and inspiring librarians, sharing their expertise, secrets, and awesomeness.

Jason Reynolds Author Talk

We published a post about this earlier!

Stranger Things: Middle School Programming
Presented by Lori Lieberman, Library Media Specialist, West Sylvan Middle School and Da Vinci Arts Middle School (Portland)

I always appreciate a conference session that is both inspiring and actionable; where I can take away concrete ideas to implement as soon as I return to my library. Lori Lieberman’s Stranger Things presentation was just that! She presented all sorts of low-cost and awesome displays, programs, and games that she’s successfully used with her middle school students. Here’s a list (and some photos) of those ideas!

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OYAN Review: Libraries in Profile: Athena Public Library

This post is an article from the Summer 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Kristen Williams at the Athena Public Library.

Athena is a town of 1,300 people nestled in the wheat fields near the Blue Mountains by the Washington border. There has been a public library in Athena for more than 100 years, and almost 15 years ago the town came
together to build a beautiful new library.

Our new building has some of the only public meeting space in town, and it has a cozy reading room with soft chairs in front of a welcoming fireplace. And, unlike the old building, it has dedicated spaces for children and young adults. Athena is understandably proud of the new library building. In fact, even though it’s been nearly a decade and a half since the building was completed, when someone new comes to town, you’re likely to hear people asking them if they’ve “seen the new library.”

Life in a rural library presents some challenges, such as a limited budget. We are an autonomous city library, but we are also a member of Umatilla County Special Library District. Through this county-wide taxing district, we receive half of our annual funding and also some programming and cataloging support. In addition, we are a part of the Sage Library consortium. Sage has 77 member libraries in 15 counties in Eastern and Central Oregon. Being a part of Sage offers very tangible benefits to our customers in terms of access to resources we couldn’t provide on our own.

I started as Library Director in November of 2017 and was able to work side by side with the previous Director until her retirement. That time of transition was so good, both for me and for the town. There was a lot concern about the previous librarian’s retirement. Change is difficult for library users of all ages and can be especially difficult in a library with only one full-time librarian. The time of overlap was useful in reassuring customers that the library would remain open and that, for the most part, the things they loved about it would stay the same.

There has been a thriving program for children for a long time. We have a long-standing toddler storytime on Monday mornings that is well attended. We have an excellent collaborative relationship with the local preschool that helps us reach the younger kids in our community, and we have a great relationship with our local elementary school. There is no librarian in our school district, so last school year I provided library instruction at the elementary school library, and I’m hoping to do something similar this year.

A main part of my goal planning for this year is our lack of teen programming. We have a core group of teens who use the library on a regular basis, but I’d really like to build on that. I started working toward this goal by including teens more intentionally in our Summer Reading Program. We have offered some library activities and have also created some volunteer opportunities for teens within our elementary and preschool programs. The hope is that these opportunities will help build a feeling of ownership in the library. At the beginning of this upcoming school year, we will launch a teen advisory board to give teens a voice in programming, collections, and leadership in our community. We’re also planning to letting them redecorate the teen space. We hope to use this core group of teens to help us better serve the other kids in our community.

I feel like a big part of this first year as Library Director has been about getting to know the community in my new role. I have lived here in town for ten years and have fairly deep connections, but telling someone you’ve lived in a small town like this one for ten years is the same as telling them you moved to town yesterday. I’m still introducing myself to people and trying to ease in to new ideas. I do regularly remind myself to slow down and not to force things. Athena Public Library is in a season of growth and change, and it’s really exciting to plan for the future.