Nominate Books for the 2019 Book Raves

Nominate Books

Book Rave is an annual list produced by the members of the Oregon Young Adult Network and announced at the Oregon Library Association’s annual conference in April. Books nominated should be written and marketed for readers of middle and high school age (generally 6th-12th grade) and be published between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018.

Nominations will be collected until early December 2018. Members will then be invited to vote on the nominated books through mid-January 2019, narrowing the list to approximately 20 OYAN Book Rave selections. The list is further discussed at the winter meeting of the Oregon Young Adult Network.

Please nominate early and often!

Access past Book Raves on the OYAN website.

Book Raves Project Lead, Sonja Somerville

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:

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

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

2015 Book Raves Nominations

by Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

We have the promising beginnings of a list of nominations for the 2015 OYAN Book Rave list. All we need now is a nomination (or two or three …) from YOU!

Nominations should be for excellent fiction or non-fiction young adult books published between

November 1, 2013 and October 31, 2014.

(Graphic novels will be addressed separately through the Graphic Rave nomination process.)

Please tell us about any book you think is worthy, but I will note that we have a particularly lively interest in hearing about books that represent cultural diversity, books suitable for middle-grade readers, and non-fiction selections.

The books nominated to date can be viewed on GoodReads at:( )or in an Excel can be emailed to you.

When you send a nomination, please include:

  • Title
  • Author
  • Month and year of publication
  • Genre
  • 2-5 suggested tags
  • A brief synopsis (not required, but encouraged!)

Nominations will be accepted until December 1.

Please send all nominations to

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 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.

Final Call: 2012 OYAN Book Rave Nominations

The final days are upon us! If you want to nominate a title for the 2012 Book Rave, send an email to Aimee Meuchel, OYAN Co-Prez, at before noon on Monday, December 3!

Here’s the deal:
– Books must have been published from Nov. 1, 2011 through Oct. 31, 2012
– Send the book’s title, author’s name, publication month and year, and genre to Aimee for consideration

Book Rave Timeline:
– December 3 at noon – Book Rave Nominations close
– December 15, 2012 – January 15, 2013 – Preliminary Voting
– Watch for more details and info as the final list of Book Rave titles develops

NOW AVAILABLE… the complete OYAN Book Rave 2013 spreadsheet for your perusal!!!