Combatting Hate via Your Library

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationYALSA has resources to help you support teens, especially those who may be feeling the brunt of current events. YALSA also has resources to help you promote empathy and understanding among teens. Check out these wiki pages:

Don’t forget that anyone can add content to these pages, so if you know of a good resource, please add it!

Teens: Help Yourself Booklist

This booklist [pdf] comes from Multnomah County Library and features popular informational topics of interest to teens as well as their Dewey call number.

  • Abuse/incest: 362.76, 362.78
  • Abusive relationships: 362.8292, 362.88
  • Acne/skin care: 616.53, 646.726
  • AIDS/HIV: 616.9792
  • Alcohol: 362.292
  • Anorexia: 616.8526
  • Birth control: 363.9609, 613.94
  • Body changes/puberty: 612.661
  • Body image: 306.4613, 616.852
  • Date rape: 362.883
  • Depression: 616.852, 616.8527, 616.85844
  • Divorce: 306.89
  • Drugs: 362.292, 362.2918
  • Health/hygiene: 613.04243, 613.7043
  • LGBTQ: 306.766, 613.951
  • Pregnancy: 306.856, 306.70835, 646.77
  • Self-esteem: 305.235
  • Sex: 616.951
  • STDs: 616.951
  • Suicide: 362.2, 362.28, 362.283

Have a booklist you want to share? Have a booklist topic you want to see? Let us know!

OYAN Review: Teen Book Review: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings

This post is an article from the Summer 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by teen reviewer Malika.

The cover of the book One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen NailsBook: One Hundred Spaghetti Strings by Jen Nails
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Recommended Age Range: 9-13 years
Rating: 4/5 stars
Publication: 2017

One Hundred Spaghetti Strings in a realistic fiction book by Jen Nails. Steffany “Steffy” Sandolini and her sister Nina Sandolini live with their Auntie Gina and her boyfriend, for Steffy’s father left her family at a young age, and her mother is hospitalized for brain trauma. When Steffy learns that her father will be coming back to live with her, she must get comfortable living with her father, resorting to the thing she knows how to do best: cook. Steffy loves to cook — from pies to pasta from scratch. But can Steffy turn these ingredients she is suddenly thrust with into something good?

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YALSA news: funding for middle school college & career prep, YA Services Symposium, grants for computer science programs

YALSA is offering some exciting opportunities (including funding!). See below for details!

The logo of YALSA, the Young Adult Library Services AssociationFunding & CE Opportunity for Rural, Small & Tribal Library Staff
Now through September 1st, small, rural, and tribal library staff can apply to be a part of a cohort of learners and do-ers who will create college and career readiness (CCR) services for the middle schoolers in their community. Successful applicants will receive a wide variety of support, including access to mentors, a stipend to purchase CCR materials, and funds to travel to Denver, CO, from February 8th to 9th for orientation, as well as to another conference of their choice. Cohort members will work online throughout 2018 to develop, implement, and evaluate a CCR service with a partner in their community.

Get New Ideas & Inspirations!
Registration is open for the YA Services Symposium this November 3rd through 5th in Louisville, KY. The theme is “empowering teens to increase your library’s impact.” Anyone interested in attending is welcome to come to this event. Learn more, register, and view the preliminary program!

Give a Little, Get a Lot
Everyone is welcome to join YALSA/ALA, and membership starts at $61 per year and entitles you to all kinds of great benefits, such as free live monthly webinars and a link to the recordings (a $760 value). You’ll also be connected to 4,800+ fabulous library staff across the country who share the same interests and challenges as you! Your dues support YALSA’s advocacy efforts, including our work with ALA and Congressional staff to boost library funding nationwide. Learn more or join. Questions? Contact Letitia Smith at or 312.280.4390. She’s happy to help!

Grants to Support Computer Science Programs
ALA has announced a competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, that will fund a cohort of 25-50 school and public libraries to design computational thinking and computer science programs for and with youth, including underrepresented youth. ALA will award between 25 and 50 grants worth between $5,000 and $25,000 each. Apply now!

OYAN Review: Are You Ready for Eclipse 2017?

This post is an article from the Summer 2017 issue of the OYAN Review and has been edited slightly for publication on the blog. It was written by Keli Yeats of the Multnomah County Library.

A photograph of a partial solar eclipseAs you may have heard, “The Great American Eclipse” is coming on Monday, August 21st, and parts of Oregon are on the path of totality (Here’s a list of communities that will be able to see the full eclipse). Other areas should be able to see a partial or near total eclipse.

While you are preparing for traffic and tourists, many of your are planning programs as well. Fortunately there are a lot of resources to help you with your program.

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