Awesome OYAN Preconference Opportunity!!!

by Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library

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9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15

OLA Preconference,Eugene, Oregon

Fee: $70

A finished product on YouTube looks so easy, but a lot goes into creating a tightly woven, engaging video to highlight a library or library service. Experienced professionals from Salem’s CCTV will go over the general principles (and pitfalls) of filmmaking before letting attendees loose in teams to give it a try – using easily accessible tools (Flip cameras, cell phones, and Windows Movie Maker) to plan, create, and rough edit 60-90 second book trailers. The day will also include a discussion of the pros and cons of various video distribution platforms.

We’d love to see you for this excellent pre-conference and at the OLA Conference Thursday, April 16 and Friday, April 17!

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.

An Open Invitation to the OYAN Fall Workshop & Quarterly Meeting

An open invitation to the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN) Fall Workshop and Quarterly Membership Meeting …

A Focus on Non-Fiction for Young Adults:
Selection, Suggestions, and How It All Relates to Supporting the Common Core
10 a.m.-12 noon Friday, October 24
US Bank Room at Multnomah County Library’s Central Library
801 SW 10th Ave., Portland

The OYAN Fall Workshop brings a focus on building stronger, more useful non-fiction collections, responding both to the interests of teen readers and the changing needs driven by the adoption of Common Core in the schools. At this FREE workshop, presenters will discuss best practices for assessing non-fiction texts for young adults, highlight excellent non-fiction graphic novels and narrative non-fiction, and discuss the impacts and realities of Common Core adoption. Presenters include:
• Jen Maurer, School Library Consultant, Oregon State Library – The Low-Down on the Common Core and How Non-Fiction Selectors Should Respond
• Ruth Allen, Multnomah County Library – Assessing Non-Fiction Texts for Young Adults
• Sonja Somerville, Salem Public Library – Narrative Non-Fiction Booktalks and Booklist
• Traci Glass, Eugene Public Library – Non-Fiction Graphic Novels Booktalks and Booklist

So we can be sure to have the right number of seats and handouts prepared, please email OYAN Chair Sonja Somerville ( if you plan to come!

After a break for lunch (plenty of great options in downtown Portland!), the Fall Workshop will be followed by the OYAN Quarterly Meeting from 1-4 p.m. Stay for …
o Resource sharing—programming and other great ideas
o Discussion: How is your Teen Summer Reading program structured?
o Vote on the annual budget
o Reports and updates

Mock Printz Countdown – Final Title!!!

This is it! Mock Printz takes place tomorrow, Saturday 1/26 and this is the final installment in the series of book reviews covering each title.

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Seraphina book cover - sketch of a Bavarian-style town with cathedral, clock tower, castle, and flying dragonSeraphina, as her name suggests, has the musical talent of an angel. She avoids sharing her gifts with the others at court because she doesn’t want to attract attention to herself. Seraphina is not just a gifted musician…she also has a terrible secret. With the approaching celebration of the 40-year peace between the Goreddi, Seraphina’s people, and the dragons, she finds herself drawn increasingly more into the limelight. Torn between loyalty to her human peers and her close dragon acquaintances, Seraphina struggles as war looms and she learns more and more about her lineage, with all the unique abilities – and burdens – it brings with it. Can she help bridge the centuries-old grudges between the two species? Can she save her family and herself? Can she find love…and possibly even earn love in return?

This gripping story is set in a unique, rich world with complex characters, including a host of very intriguing dragons, and will keep you hanging on until you find out what happens next.

Mock Printz Countdown – Ask the Passengers

Ask the Passengers by AS King

Book cover for Ask the Passengers - a girl with arm raised lying on the ground, watching the skyAstrid Jones is a senior at Unity Valley High in a gossip-ridden small town filled with even smaller-minded people.

They say: Why does perfect Kristina Houck hang around that weird girl?

They say: How could anyone be friends with someone as strange as Astrid Jones?

As if the town’s rejection isn’t hard enough, Astrid lives with her caustically critical mother, her socially paranoid, reputation-obsessed sister, and her new-to-stonerhood dad. There is no love for Astrid at home, at school, or in town. So, she takes up a solitary hobby – staring at planes flying overhead and sending her love (and huge, finding-herself questions) to the passengers. And, she finds herself facing bigger and bigger questions as she discovers who she is as a person – someone who loves other girls – and realizes that there is no room in the hearts of her townspeople for someone like her.

Little does Astrid know, though, the very real impact her streams of love have on the passengers who receive them. Just as she is figuring out her own life by sending her love away, so is she changing others’ lives forever in significant ways.

Just a reminder – Mock Printz is this Saturday, Jan 26 from 12-4pm! If you’re participating in person or remotely, check your email for agendas and details. Got questions? Contact workshop coordinator Susan Smallsreed at

Mock Printz Countdown – Code Name Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

Code Name Verity book cover - hands of two different people, tied together at the wristsI have told the truth. I have told the truth. I have told the truth…

So claims captured British spy, Verity, as she writes her confession of war information in a trade with the Nazi Gestapo guards for more time to live. Brought to Occupied France in WWII by her best friend and pilot, Maddie (code name Kittyhawk), Verity is captured almost immediately and detained for weeks of tortuous interrogation. She promises to provide her captors with valuable information about British war strategies in exchange for time; the first half of this harrowing tale is Verity’s account of her friendship with Maddie and their joint efforts in the Allied Forces.

The second half of the story is told by Kittyhawk, filling in the blanks of how they came to France and her efforts to locate Verity while assisting the French Resistance who are hiding her from the Nazis. From Kittyhawk’s narrative, you will learn the strength of her friendship with Verity, the lengths they will go to save each other and defeat the Nazi forces. And, if you are able to set this book down without wondering about what happens next, or can finish the story without any sadness or tears, then you just might have even greater resolve than these two extraordinary young women.

Mock Printz Countdown – The Brides of Rollrock Island

Book cover of Brides of Rollrock Island - woman in long cloak standing in shallow ocean waterThe Brides of Rollrock Island
by Margo Lanagan

“There’s something about those Rollrock women, isn’t there?”

This is the story of Rollrock Island, told through the eyes and voices of various isle inhabitants. It’s the tale of the red-headed, seafaring dads; the mysterious, svelte, dark-haired mams; and a village filled only with sons. And of course, the sea witch, Misskaella. As well as the reason that no one comes to the island unless they live there…Rollrock men pull their wives, like their livelihoods, from the sea. Theirs are seal-wives, split magically from their seal bodies by Misskaella for a hefty sum. Rollrock mams bear and keep sons – the daughters they birth are not so lucky. And those sons grow up, learning from their dads all the ways they will try, and fail, to keep their mams and future wives happy on land when they belong to the sea.

It seems an unbreakable cycle…until young Daniel Mallet decides to take matters into his own hands, tired of all the oppressive unhappiness and suffering in his village and home. But, can one boy right the magically unnatural wrongs of generations? That’s for you to determine when you reach the end of this haunting, captivating story.