Be the Next OYAN Co-Chair or Secretary!

Enjoy serving teens in libraries? Thrive on advocating for them? Are you interested in impacting teen library services and programming? If you answered yes to any of the following questions or know someone who would, then consider nominating yourself or them for the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Board. OYAN is seeking nominations for Incoming Chair (or Co-Chairs if two people are interested) and Secretary for the upcoming 2018-2019 year.

2018-2021 Chair Duties

2018-2019, Incoming Chair

  • Support the OYAN chair
  • Responsible for the OYAN raffle
  • Attend OYAN board training meeting

2019-2020, Chair

  • Attend OYAN membership and OLA Executive Board meetings
  • Prepare all OYAN meeting agendas

2020-2021, Outgoing Chair

  • Budget reports
  • OYEA banquet award

2019 Secretary duties

  • Attend all OYAN Meetings or find a replacement if unable to attend a meeting
  • Record OYAN membership and OYAN board meetings
  • Prepare all meeting minutes
  • Maintain and update organizational documents in the OYAN Executive Board procedure manual

See the OYAN website for more information about the Incoming Chair and Secretary positions.

The deadline to nominate yourself or someone else is Saturday, June 9. Please send nominations to

Requirements? Be an OYAN member, like teens, and have fun!

Slides for OLA 2018 Sessions Now Available

Whether or not you were able to join us in Eugene for OLA, you can now view the slides for most presentations on Northwest Central. Of particular interest to OYAN members:

Mark your calendars: the 2019 OLA-WLA Conference will be held at the Hilton Vancouver in Vancouver, WA from April 17-20, 2019!

Upcoming Membership 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 or other events!

Summer Membership Meeting
Friday, July 27th, 12pm – 4pm at the Downtown Bend Library

Fall Membership Meeting and Workshop
Date and location still to be finalized, but we’ve penciled in Friday, October 19th at the Wilsonville Public Library. Stay tuned for details!

Advocating From Home During National Library Legislative Day

This post is adapted from an email from ALA’s Washington Office.

Next week, nearly 500 library advocates are heading to Washington, DC to meet with their Senators and Representatives. The American Library Association’s Washington Office has three asks for National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) this year:

  • House & Senate: Reauthorize the Museum and Library Services Act (S. 2271)
  • House & Senate: Fully Fund LSTA and IAL for FY 2019
  • House & Senate: Visit a library, see broadband access in action

There are plenty of ways to participate in NLLD from home! Check out the ALA toolkit, which has suggestions for writing your elected officials an email and inviting them to tour your library.

Everyone who registers will receive a reminder next week that prompts them to take action. You will also receive all the talking points you need, along with a link to the livestream taking place on Monday, May 7. Watch the issue briefing live at 9AM EDT, follow along on social via the hashtag #NLLD18, and then take action yourself!

Help us expand the impact of National Library Legislative Day and register to participate today. Already registered? Spread the word and ask your friends, colleagues, and patrons to join.

Books That Go Bump in the Night: a horror book list

This booklist comes from the Beaverton City Library and features horror titles for teens.

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Tana travels to Coldtown, a quarantined Massachusetts city full of vampires, with her ex-boyfriend and a strange vampire boy in tow. (Grade 9+)

The Diviners (series) by Libba Bray
Evie uses her secret ability to read people’s past to hunt down a serial killer, encountering dead bodies at every turn. (Grade 10+)

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Congratulations to OYEA winner Sonja Sommerville!

This text has been adapted from the announcement of this year’s OYEA winner at the OYAN reception last night at the Oregon Library Association’s Annual Conference.

OYAN’s You’re Excellent Award is given every year to an individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon. The award consists of an engraved glass wedge and a monetary donation of up to $100 to the teen services program of the award recipient’s choice.

This year’s winner is a long-time teen librarian and an OYAN queen in her own right: Sonja Sommerville of the Salem Public Library! Read on to hear what her colleagues and teens say about her.

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OYAN Book Rave 2018 Winners!

Every 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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