OYAN Review: QPR: Question. Persuade. Refer.

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

Cindy Womack presented a workshop at the OYAN fall meeting from the QPR Institute about suicide prevention. Suicide is preventable and intervention does help. In fact, survivors of suicide attempts report immediate regret once the action was taken and a want to live. It is often a solution to a perceived problem that stems from pain and hopelessness. Three signs of suicide can be direct or indirect comments, behavioral cues, or situational circumstances. Comments can include “I am going to… (harm myself).” or “I don’t want to be here anymore.” Behavioral cues might be previous attempts, giving away one’s belongings, cleaning out their room/locker, or religious interest gain or loss. Some circumstances that can trigger suicidal thoughts are expulsion from school, loss of a relationship, death of a loved one, financial in- security, fear of punishment (for example, juvenile detention), or rejection from peers/friends.

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OYAN Review: My First Author Crush

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 Julie Jeanmard of the Cottage Grove Public Library.

Author Maggie Stiefvater stands on a stage, pointingAfter attending OLA this year in Salem, I would have to say I have my first author crush. I think anyone who attended Maggie Stiefvater’s event this year would agree with me that she is an excellent orator full of wonderfully hilarious stories and experiences. She regaled us with stories about traveling Europe to discover new scenes in researching her novels. She spoke about her love for cars, including a story about accidentally being responsible for setting John Green on fire while racing him. She also relayed her personal journey towards becoming a published author, starting with a rejection of her early manuscripts from her college’s English department. I loved what she said about planning out books like a road trip. She plans out the major destinations of the book and then might take detours, but she comes back to the original outline and continues down the path of the preplanned story. Her presentations Friday evening and Saturday morning were the highlight of my week in Salem.

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