Nominate someone for the OYEA! Award

By Mark Richardson, Cedar Mill Library

OYEA AwardIt’s that time of year to think about the special person who serves teens in your library.  The Oregon Young Adult Network is looking for candidates for our annual OYEA!  (OYAN You’re Excellent Award).   It could be a librarian, it could be a teen volunteer, or it could be a staff member or regular volunteer who works with teens.  It could even be a program or initiative that has served teens in your area particularly well.  We are particularly interested in testimony from your local teens.  A letter or note from a teen speaks volumes about how important your service to them is, so their input is significant.

WHO*:  An individual, library, organization, program, or initiative that has made a positive and significant contribution to teens in libraries in the state of Oregon may be given the award. Eligibility requirements are as follows:

  1. The individual, library, or organization shall reside or operate principally in Oregon.
  2. Only living persons may be considered for the award.
  3. If a program or initiative is being nominated, it must have occurred within the previous or current year of nomination.

*Preference shall be given to nominees who are supported by a letter of recommendation written and submitted by a teen.

Past winners and all the details of the award are on the OYAN website here: http://www.olaweb.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=211.

The winner will get a plaque and a donation up to $100 for their library or service that they provide to teens.

Please submit the nomination materials to me before March 15th  by email or by regular mail at:

Mark Richardson

Young Adult Librarian Cedar Mill Library 12505 NW Cornell Rd., Suite # 13

Portland, OR 97229

Or by email at  markr@wccls.org

Nominations shall include the following information:

  • Nominee’s name
  • Nominee’s contact information
  • Description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State Of Oregon
  • Any supporting letters, particularly from teens

OYEA Award Nominations

From Traci Class at Eugene Public Library:

Do you have an awesome person at your library providing excellent services to the teens in your community? Now is the time to recognize that person!! Talk to their teens, write us a letter, and get them nominated!

We are now accepting nominations for the 2014 OYAN You’re Excellent Award! If you know someone that has made a difference for teens, we want to hear about it. The OYEA! may be awarded 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 honoree will receive an engraved plaque and a $100 donation to the teen service program of their choice. If needed, funds are available to ensure that the honoree attends the 2014 OLA Annual Conference to receive the acknowledgement of their peers.

Nominations for this coveted award are open until March 31st. Please include the following:

1. Nominee’s name
2. Nominee’s contact information
3. Description of the nominee’s positive and significant contributions to teens in libraries in the State Of Oregon 4. And any accompanying letters of support (okay to send them separate from the nomination).
Mail or email your letter of nomination and letters of support to:

traci.l.glass@ci.eugene.or.us

or

Traci Glass
Eugene Public Library
100 West 10th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401

Please note that the last three winners have all had at least one letter of support written by a teen from their institution. Also, we have received multiple, high-quality nominations the last several years and the decision has been difficult. If you have nominated someone in the past who has not been the recipient of the OYEA! , we highly encourage you to make that nomination again this year.

Mock Printz List

It’s time to register for 2014 OYAN Mock Printz Workshop.  The workshop is an opportunity for YA literature lovers to congregate and discuss some of the year’s best books.  Virtual participation will also be available via GotoMeeting (details at a later time).  As always, we encourage you to bring teens. 

Here are the details:
• Mock Printz Workshop
• January 18, 2014
• 1-5:00 p.m. 
• Free (snacks provided)
• Location:US Bank Room, Central Library, 801 SW 10th Ave., Portland, OR 97205.

To register: Email susansm@multcolib.org with name, library and email address for all participants you want to register. 

Questions?  Just ask.  Now, get reading!

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3. Rapture Practice by Aaron Hartzler
4. September Girls by Bennett Madison
5. Winger by Andrew Smith
6. Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys
7. Boxer/Saint by Gene Luen Yang
8. Openly Straight by Bill Konigsberg
9. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
10. If You Find Me by Emily Murdoch