May 1, 2014 (Vol. 20, No. 9) Association News

Conference Wrap-up

Many thanks for evCapture2eryone who supported this year’s OLA conference. It was another successful event! If you haven’t already, please take moment and share your feedback via the online evaluationform.

Wish you had taken more notes or didn’t attend this time around? Don’t fret! Visit the resources page at for access to presentation materials, handouts and other materials made graciously available by the many talented presenters. Look for information about awards presented at the conference in the next edition!

Lampman Award Winner

Oregon Library Association Announces 2014 Lampman Award Winner

The Children’s Services Division of the Oregon Library Association has selected Lee Farren from Ukiah, Oregon to receive the 2014 Lampman Award.

The Lampman Award honors a living individual who has made a significant contribution to the children of Oregon in the areas of literature or library service.  The Lampman Award is named after Evelyn Sibley Lampman, an Oregon author and educator, and has been awarded annually since 1982.

Capture3Lee Farren was excellent choice for this year’s Lampman Award.  For the past 10 years she has touched the hearts of the children of Ukiah encouraging them to engage in reading, writing, art and literature. She has made a real difference for the children of this small Oregon community, and has helped lessen the load for the other adults who work with these children.

Lee earned her teaching certificate and media specialist endorsement at Western Oregon University then headed out to be a school librarian in Harrisburg.  After a year she moved on to Milton-Freewater where she stayed for eleven years. She taught art and language arts in Milton-Freewater while continuing her own education and receiving her MTE from Eastern Oregon University.

Since 2001 Lee has been volunteering in Ukiah, Oregon; a community of approximately 250 people where everyone’s effort count and make a difference daily.  Lee is an inspiration to all of those around her. Literacy is Lee’s passion and she shares this passion with the elementary school children of Ukiah every week, showing them what it looks like to love books.

“Lee sees need, and uses her knowledge and kindness to help in a wide variety of ways” says Daniel Korber, Ukiah Schools Superintendent. Lee wears many hats in Ukiah: school Budget Committee member, story time organizer and leader, art instructor, art show coordinator, mentor to students, library book recommender, writer and editor of the City of Ukiah Newsletter , tutor for English language learners, Writer’s Workshop co-creator and leader, book club participant, and the puppeteer who gets George to inspire her youngest students.

Norma Barber, English teacher at Ukiah Middle and High School, says of Lee, “Through all of this work, Lee had never bragged that she is a published writer, that she is a freelance writer, that she is a past school librarian, or that she has taught writing.  She simply works at her craft, and as she does, she demonstrated that reading and writing are important aspects of our lives.”

Lee was nominated for the Lampman Award by Daniel Korber, Norma Barber, Melinda Scarlett and Sherri Contreras.

Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award

This is the 12th year of the annual Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Award (BCCCA) sponsored by the OLA Division of OASL (Oregon Association of School Libraries).

The 20Capture413-2014 winning title with the most elementary children’s votes is—

8 Class Pets + 1 Squirrel / (divided by) 1 Dog = Chaos by Vivian Vande Velde

We would like to thank all of the elementary library media centers and the public libraries for their participation and continued support in promoting this contest!

On behalf of the members of the Beverly Cleary Children’s Choice Awards Committee, we would also like to announce the list of the 2014-2015 BCCCA Nominations:

Branford, Anna.  Violet Mackerel’s Brilliant Plot.  AR 5.2

Cheng, Andrea.  The Year of the Book.  AR 3.6

Cox, Judy.  The Secret Chicken Society.  AR 3.2

Hest, Amy.  Letters to Leo.  AR 3.2

Peterson, Brenda.  Leopard and Silkie: One Boy’s Quest to Save the Seal Pups. AR 3.6

Spinelli, Jerry.  Third Grade Angels.  AR 2.9

The list of the 2014-15 BCCCA Nominations will be posted shortly on the BCCCA website, along with the power point presentation, sample bookmarks, etc.  For more information on the BCCCA program, please go to

Thank you,

Libby Hamler-Dupras, BCCCA Chair,

Oregon Readers Choice Award Winners

The 4th annual Oregon Reader’s Choice Award, co-sponsored by 3 OLA divisions (OASL, CSD, OYAN), along with the Oregon Reading Association and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association.

This year there were 2635 students who read the books and voted for for the award. We had 60 schools participate, representing 24 school districts, the Portland Archdiocese, and independent private schools. We also had 6 public libraries participate, representing 4 library districts. All of the names of the participating institutions will be posted on the OLA website, on the ORCA blog.

Upper Elementary (Junior) Division Winner, out of 1831 votes: Pie by Sarah Weeks

Middle School (Intermediate) Division Winner, out of 487 votes: Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life by James Patterson

High School (Senior) Division Winner, out of 253 votes: Divergent by Veronica Roth

I would like to thank all of the libraries and schools that participated, plus the members of the ORCA committee for making all of this happen. I do firmly believe that this award has proven to be a great program to promote reading among children and young adults throughout the state. I do hope that all of you will help to promote the ORCA to Oregon youths where you can.

Thanks, Stuart Levy, 2012-2014 ORCA Chair

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I am pleased to announce the titles chosen by this year’s committee from the list of books nominated  by students and teachers from around the state.  The list of nominees for the 2015 ORCA Award can be found at  They are:

Upper Elementary

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
Chomp by Carl Hiaasen
Starry River of the Sky by Grace Lin
Summer of the Gypsy Moths by Sara Pennypacker
Splendors and Glooms by Laura Amy Schlitz
Who Could That Be at This Hour? by Lemony Snicket
Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Middle School

Storybound by Marissa Burt
Titanic : Voices from the Disaster by Deborah Hopkinson
Ungifted by Gordon Korman
The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
Colin Fischer by Ashley Edward Miller and Zack Stentz
The False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen
Beyond Courage by Doreen Rappaport

High School

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
Cinder by Marissa Meyer
Dodger by Terry Pratchett
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
Endangered by Eliot Schrefer
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan
Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein

I would like to thank the committee members for their hard work.  They are Elizabeth LaShomb Christley, Lisa Elliott, and Teena Nelson from  the Oregon Young Adult Network (OYAN), Beth LaForce, Marie LeJeune, Karren Timmermans from the Oregon Reading Association (ORA), Melanie Hetrick, Jessica Marie, Denise Willms from OLA’s Childrens Services Division (CSD), Kathryn Harmon, Kiva Liljequist, Laurie Nordahl of the Oregon Association of School Librarians (OASL) and Kira Porton of the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (PNBA).

Nina Kramer, ORCA Chair 2014-2016

Bingo Awards
Thank you to everyone who played Bingo at the OLA conference. We hopethat you had a good time getting to know some of your colleagues.

Congratulations to the winners! They have been contacted with the good news and the good news is that 4 Powell’s gift cards valued at $50 each go to:

Kathryn Alexander (Tualatin Public Library), Jeanne Ramsten (Multnomah County Library,
Cedate Shultz (Everest College Library),Jennifer Snoek-Brown (Mount Hood Community College)

And the grand prize of a one-year personal membership in OLA goes to:

Heather Sears (Fern Ridge Public Library)

Many thanks to April Witteveen and Lisa Molinelli for the work theydid putting the Bingo game together on behalf of the OLA MembershipCommittee! – Emily Papagni

Stay in the Know

Have you ever wanted to know more about the behind-the-scenes workings of OLA?  It just so happens that there are many ways you can keep in the know! OLA Board meetings are always open to the public. Times and locations are posted on the OLA website and you can also look back on the meeting minutes. The OLA website also contains helpful documents such as the latest financial budget sheet. Finally, feel free to contact board members or division chairs if you aren’t finding the information you need. OLA is here to serve you!


Pictured: President Penelope Hummel & Chair BJ Toewe