2020 Graphic Rave Now Available

The graphic novels on this list were published between May 1, 2019, and April 30, 2020. Titles were nominated by teens and library staff in Oregon. OYAN members voted to select the 19 titles on the list and worked to create a balanced list that includes a variety of genres and diverse titles. Learn more about the annual Graphic Rave and access past lists on the OYAN website.

2020 Teen Favs (Part 2)

Mark Richardson at Cedar Mill & Bethany Community Libraries put together this list of books, CDs, and DVDs based on what Teen Library Council members are reading, listening to, and watching.

Many people are looking for something familiar and comfortable to help us through this terrible year. That’s true for teens too so you’ll notice some old favorites along with some new releases.

2020 Teen Favs (Part 1)

Ian Duncanson at Beaverton City Library put together this booklist based on what Teen Library Council members are reading. You can listen to some of these teens chat about what they are reading, watching, and doing during the pandemic and learn what they think about distance learning on their November 11, 2020, podcast (it’s great!).

Here is a list of the shows they discuss in their podcast:

Creating Teen-Made Booklists

Guest writer: Danielle Jones

For the past six years, Portland Public Schools has hosted a summit for their schools Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA). and Straight and Gay Alliance (SAGA) groups. I have had the opportunity to attend most of these, and present a booktalking session with teen volunteers from my branch. After our first year presenting, we decided it would be great to curate a booklist to take to the event. One of the teens had the great idea to create multiple booklists, each focusing on a unique identity, and then we could print them in different colors to represent the rainbow flag.

We just presented our fourth iteration of the booklists, and each year, we hone our process on creating them. This is just one kind of content that the teens have created to have in the library. Having teen-created booklists facilitates a multitude of outcomes. I have often found that it is easier to sell a book to a teen if they know another teen recommends it, and staff at my branch have also appreciated having teen created book lists on hand when they are doing reader’s advisory for teens. For the teens creating the booklist, they get to create something for the community, get to be an expert, and learn collaboration skills.

Having teens create booklists for the library is a great way to get a new teen council or teen advisory group off the ground, as it can be a great icebreaker. It is also a way to get started in having other teen led activities at your library.

Our processes for our lists have varied, but generally there are three key components:

  • Brainstorming
  • Discussion
  • Ownership

Before brainstorming, we define our focus: what is our goal, who is the list for, and how will the list be used after we complete it. Then we do a wild brainstorm. Often teens will be googling other lists for inspiration. We know we might not use every title that gets mentioned, but it is good to have more content than not enough. For our LGBTQIAP lists, we have master lists of titles that would fit into different identities, and we move onto the next section – discussion.

During discussion, we have a variety of conversations. These have ranged from the importance of diversity, and how to prioritize titles that explore intersectionality to looking at problematic books, and how some titles haven’t aged well. Sometimes we have done this as a large group discussion, and sometimes they have broken up to groups. For each of the LGBTQIAP lists, if they have broken up into groups, there is importance placed on someone that identifies as one of the list’s focus is part of the group. They have been having great discussions to also try to have a variety of genres and formats for each list.

Keeping this as teen led is also important. Let them own the list and the process as much as possible. I am there as a gentle guide, but even more so as their secretary. It will often be on me to take the lists that they create to get published, so I need to confirm their selections and reasonings.

Here are this year’s LGBTQIAP book lists for teens. Please feel free to share, or inspire your library’s teens to create their own!


Danielle Jones is a Teen and Youth Librarian at Multnomah County Library’s Hollywood Branch.

OYAN Review: 2019 Spring

In this issues, learn about…
  • Goblins in the Library! (Salem Public Library)
  • Congratulations to OYEA Winner Danielle Jones
  • Deschutes Public Library’s Youth Lit Fest
  • 2019 Book Rave Titles Announced
  • Why Alex Gino Is Just the Best (Multnomah County Library’s Rockwood Branch)
  • And more!
Thank you so much to everyone who contributed an article — it’s really fun to get to share your accomplishments and experiences!

2019 Book Rave Now Available

2019 Book Rave (color brochure)

2019 Book Rave (black & white brochure)

The books on this list were published between November 1, 2017, and October 31, 2018. Titles were nominated by teens and library staff in Oregon. OYAN members voted to select the 20 titles on the list and worked to create a balanced list that includes a variety of genres and diverse titles. Learn more about the annual Book Rave and access past lists on the OYAN website.

A Good Day was Had by All…Who Attended the 2015 Mock Printz Workshop

By Susan Smallsreed, Multnomah County Library (Northwest Library)

We Were Liars by E Lockhart

It was another fun day in libraryland on Saturday, Jan. 24th, when 53 teens and adults gathered to select the 2015 Oregon Mock Printz winner.  Greg Lum, 2014 Printz Award committee member, shared insights about the drama, intrigue and strategy inside Printz committee.  Honor winning author Virginia Euwer Wolff (True Believer, 2002 Printz Honor) chatted by Skype about the joy and amazement of receiving recognition from the Printz committee.

Following the presentations, seven small groups went to work discussing a short list of 10 titles selected by the OYAN Mock Printz committee.  The titles were:

  • Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith
  • This One Summer by Tamaki
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
  • The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston
  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King
  • The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
  • Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin
  • Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  • Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi

After a short break, the entire group re-convened to discuss one more time before casting final votes. While votes were tallied, the 17 teens selected ARCs to take home as a thank you for participating. Greg Lum and Paige Battle (currently on the Alex Award committee) gave a bag of book goodies to the winner of a Printz trivia question. Just don’t ask me what the question or answer was!

The results
The winner by a landslide: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Honors were presented to:

  • The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  • Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future by A.S. King

After the winners were announced the group generated a list of books that coulda, shoulda been considered:

  • 100 Sideways Miles
  • Gabby Girl in Pieces
  • A Time to Dance
  • I’ll Give You the Sun
  • Afterworld
  • Egg & Spoon
  • Harlem Hellfighters
  • How it Went Down
  • The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia
  • Brown Girl Dreaming
  • Shadow Hero
  • West of the Moon
  • Mark of the Dragonfly
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Complicit
  • The Last Forever
  • Winter Horses


The actual group was larger than in previous years, and had more teens than ever.  The evaluations indicated that everyone enjoyed themselves and the opportunity to indulge in ‘book love’…and snacks. Now, let’s shout,  “The Printz is dead! Long live the Printz!”  In other words it’s time to set the date for next year’s Mock Printz.

…but wait, this one’s different!

We all loved The Hunger Games…or if we didn’t we have teens around us who did…so here’s another log on the what-do-I-read-now fire..but this one is neat, and cool, and different! It’s a flow chart, oooh, ahhh. Thanks to Molly Wetta at the Lawrence Public Library, in Lawrence, Kansas, you can now answer a few binary questions to get to your perfect book! If you want a plain, old list, check this one out. The two have some titles in common, but the inclusion of classics in the Lawrence flow chart is an added bonus. Enjoy!