OYAN Review: Teen Review: Odd & True

This post is an article from the Fall 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by teen reviewer Emily at the Cedar Mill Community Library.

Note: Author Cat Winters will be visiting the Cedar Mill Library on November 8th to talk about her books with teens and tweens at 3pm.

Fast Facts:
Book: Odd & True by Cat Winters
Published: September 2017
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction
Recommended for: Fans of mystery, adventure, historical fiction, fantasy
Rating: 5/5 stars

Odette has spun mystical, magical tales for her younger sister Trudchen ever since they were little. Now that she’s older, however, Tru is starting to lose the magic from these stories. She’s realizing that they were nothing more than just that, stories. Od was just trying to comfort Tru through the long, worrisome nights and Tru’s constant pain from the effects of “a bout of fevers.” Tru seems destined to a life at home with her aunt, until one night when Od shows back up at her window. Od tells Tru that all those magical stories that they shared long into the night were, in fact, very true. Monsters roam the world and, if the girls aren’t careful, they could be in grave danger. The sisters embark on a magical journey across the United States to find their monster hunting mother at the turn of the 20th Century. Danger and red herrings follow them at every turn as they learn of their true powers and destiny.

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Register for the 2018 OYAN Mock Printz!

printz-sealThe 2018 Mock Printz date, location, and books have been announced! Details from Lisa Elliot:

When: Saturday, January 20 12-4:30 p.m.
Where: Beaverton City Library, 12375 SW 5th Street, Beaverton, OR 97005
What: A free workshop featuring a presentation from author Cat Winters followed by group discussion and voting on the best books of the year.

To register, email lisae@tigard-or.gov with your name, library, and email addresses of all participants. Please specify age and school for teen registrants. Virtual participation will be available via GotoMeeting (details later).

And now, the books! This a selection of just eight of the most praised and beloved books of the year. Please read them before the workshop, and come prepared to defend your favorites. You will probably not love every book on this list, and that’s what makes this discussion fun, because somebody else will and it will be ON!

  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Bull by David Elliott
  • A Face Like Glass by Frances Hardinge
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera
  • Library of Fates by Aditi Khorana
  • Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
  • Spinning by Tillie Walden

YALSA opportunity: write for the YALSA blog!

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationYALSA is looking for bloggers! This is a great way to get involved without having to travel to conferences, so if you’re a YALSA member, check out these details from their recruitment post:

We are looking for bloggers interested in writing about any of the following topics:

  • Connected Learning
  • Competencies for librarians/library workers engaging youth/li>
  • Advocacy/li>
  • Leadership in customer service/li>
  • Whole-library approach to serving teens/li>
  • Innovative programming/li>
  • Equity and diversity/li>
  • Youth participation/li>
  • Professional development/li>
  • Technology/li>
  • Administration/li>
  • Partnerships/li>
  • Spaces (physical & virtual)/li>
  • Evaluation/measuring outcomes and impact/li>
  • Teen trends/pop culture/li>
  • Research

We are also looking for bloggers interested in Instagram of the Week.

If you are interested in blogging please fill out the YALSA Volunteer Form (make sure to check the YALSAblog box) and the interest survey.

For more information check out the Blogger Guidelines and Blog Post Protocols.

We know there are Oregon librarians doing awesome work for and with teens — now’s your chance to tell the world! And who knows, you could win an award for it like Danielle Jones!

Don’t forget: meeting and workshop on 10/20

Posted on behalf of Julie Jeanmard:

It’s workshop time for OYAN and CSD!

Join OYAN on Friday, October 20 at the Tualatin Public Library for the fall meeting from 11 am-2 pm and a workshop on QPR, a suicide prevention training with presenter Cindy Womack, from 3-5 pm. RSVP to youthservices@cottagegrove.org.

Continue the fun with CSD on Saturday, October 21 at the Sherwood Public Library for the fall meeting from 10:30 am-12 pm and a workshop from 1-5 pm. The afternoon includes a presentation from movement and music expert Iris Nason, as well as brainstorming for next summer’s theme: Libraries Rock! Register online by October 15.

OYAN Graphic Rave 2017 winners!

Every year, OYAN members choose their favorite graphic novels for teens of the year with an eye for balance across genre, format, protagonist identity, and content and with special consideration for smaller or independent as well as Pacific Northwest publishers. (For details, see the official selection process.)

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

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Nominations open for the 2018 OYAN Book Rave

Posted on behalf of Sonja Somerville of the Salem Public Library (with slight modifications for publication on the blog):

I am pleased and excited to invite you to nominate a book … or 2 … or many for the 2018 OYAN Book Rave.

Book Rave is an annual list produced by the members of the Oregon Young Adult Network and announced at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference in April. Books nominated should be written and marketed for readers of middle and high school age (generally 6th-12th grade) and be published between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017.

To make this process even more awesome, I have developed a Google Form for the purpose of collecting nominations.

So that you are quite prepared, the form asks for title and author, date of publication, genre, tags, and a short synopsis.

It will allow you to nominate one book at a time, but feel free to use it again and again! The more everyone nominates, the fewer times I bug you with reminder.

Nominations will be collected until early December 2017. Members will then be invited to vote on the nominated books through mid-January 2018, narrowing the list to approximately 20 OYAN Book Rave selections. The list is further discussed at the winter meeting of the Oregon Young Adult Network.

Please nominate early and often!!

If you have any questions, I am easily reached at ssomerville@cityofsalem.net.

Finding Funding: YALSA grants

Golden dollar bill signs hang from fishing line, dark shadows cast behind themIt can be tough to find funding for all of the great ideas you want to make happen at your library. In this occasional series, we’ll highlight different funding sources you may not know about or may not know how to tap.

Every year, YALSA offers almost $200,000 in grants and awards, and if you’re a YALSA member, you may be eligible for many of them. Here are some highlights:
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