Mock Printz Title Recommendations Sought

Posted on behalf of Lisa Elliott of the Tigard Public Library with light edits for blog publication.

Hi folks! Have you had ample time for pleasure reading this summer? No? Weird. Well, if you have read something that knocked your socks off, we’d love to hear from you. Your Mock Printz crew is putting the list together for the 2019 Mock Printz Workshop on January 19. Please send me your recommendations of young adult books that meet the following criteria:

  1. Published or will be published in 2018
  2. Published in the USA (US editions of books originally published elsewhere definitely qualify)
  3. Published for and marketed to teens
  4. Any format will do: fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel, poetry, or anthology
  5. Titles that are self-published or only available as ebooks are not eligible

Thanks all! Happy reading.

-Lisa

Summer OYAN Review Call for Articles

How is your Summer Reading program going? Do you have any interesting young adult programs happening? Did you have any *ahem* learning experiences that would be willing to share with your colleagues? Do you have any unique challenges or opportunities that are worth sharing? Let your colleagues around the state know. Send in your articles (1/2-1 page) to be included in the summer newsletter. Pictures with captions make for an especially interesting reading experience.

OYAN Review: Jason Reynolds Talks Like an Author

This post is an article from the Spring 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.

It was Saturday night of the OASL Fall Conference, and Jason Reynolds towered on stage. He regaled us with the story of how he went from an obstinate non-reader to the author powerhouse he is today. The story begins with a much younger Jason, who grew up in a neighborhood that was dangerous and full of perils like gangs, shootings, drugs, and death. Where young men walked on one side of the law or the other, dealing and gang-banging or keeping their heads down, going to school, and staying out of trouble. Jason was able to keep out of trouble, and focus on school, but he was no reader. Why read? Why bother when there were no books about people like him? Who looked like him, talked like him, walked like him, lived like him? Or about people like his friends, family, and the people in his neighborhood? What could books possibly offer?

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Nominate Your Graphic Faves for the 2018 Graphic Rave!

Posted on behalf of Traci Glass

Hello OYANers!

Guess what? It’s time for the 2018 Graphic Rave nominations! For those of you who are new to OYAN or have 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.

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OYAN Review: 90 Seconds of Fame

This post is an article from the Spring 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Sonja Somerville at the Salem Public Library.

A momentary hush fell over the room as the screen sprang to life. It was a big moment for seven members of the Salem Public Library Teen Advisory Board — a moment months in the making. They were about to see all 90 seconds of their creative retelling of Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine on the big screen, during the official screening of the annual 90-Second Newbery Film Festival.

They were ready, and perhaps a bit sheepish, as the audience met their Ella (played by an eggplant with glued-on googly eyes) and Prince Charmant (a poblano pepper with with glued-on googly eyes). But as it turns out, this madcap creative effort was a good fit for the 90-Second Newbery Film Festival, an annual project organized by James Kennedy, author of The Order of Odd-Fish.

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OYAN Review: Aha! Moments

This post is an article from the Spring 2018 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Julie Jenmard at the Cottage Grove Public Library.

I recently had a series of “Aha Moments” in regard to my life as a youth services librarian. It all started during the week of the OLA conference. I knew TLAB had a huge program the following week on Friday: a teen art show. Last year it was highly successful, but I was not yet at the Cottage Grove Public Library for the program. As of the start of the OLA conference, I had two art submissions; last year the two gallery walls were filled. Thus starts my panic. I heard rumors that the teens tend to wait until the last minute to turn in art, which was true as of the deadline; however, one week before the show this fact did not assuage my fear that the art show that teens had worked so hard and long putting together would be a flop. I personally wanted it bigger and better and not to fail under my guidance. So, I made a back up plan that turned out better than expected. I contacted the high school art teacher to see if I could go to her class to procure art. She responded quickly and invited me to all five of her art class periods. Tuesday did bring in about ten art pieces. Even still, those few pieces would not have had the gallery brimming with art.

The day of the visit rolls around, I have a bell schedule in my hand and I venture to the local high school for my first ever class visit as a youth services librarian. Aha moment number one: I am not nervous around a large group of teens. I have never had the opportunity to be around so many teenagers at once. Instead of feeling any ounce of trepidation, I felt my introverted self more energetic around their presence.

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