[Libs-Or] Portland librarian wins her second Oregon Book Award

HUMMEL Penny pennyh at multcolib.org
Mon Nov 10 14:25:23 PST 2008

> Portland librarian wins her second Oregon Book Award 
> Date:  	November 17, 2008 
> Contact:  Penny Hummel, Multnomah County Library, 503.988.5498,
> pennyh at multcolib.org 
 Author photo available at:  http://sararyan.com/about/
> PORTLAND, OR:  Last night, Multnomah County Library's Teen Services
> Specialist Sara Ryan won an Oregon Book Award
> <http://www.literary-arts.org/awards/>  in the young adult fiction
> category for The Rules for Hearts. Described by School Library Journal
> as celebrating "the process of becoming an adult without providing any
> easy answers," The Rules for Hearts is a companion to Ryan's previous
> novel, Empress of the World, also an Oregon Book Award winner. 
> In addition to writing novels, Ryan also collaborates on short comics
> with artists like her husband, the cartoonist Steve Lieber. How does
> she balance her day job with this other compelling creative work?
> "Sometimes it's challenging to be both a librarian and a writer," she
> admits. "I worry about conflict of interest, probably excessively, and
> I often don't get a lot of sleep." 
> Nonetheless, Ryan finds her work with teens at the library highly
> rewarding. "I love teens' honesty, their enthusiasm, and the great
> ideas they contribute when you approach them with respect," she notes.
> Ryan has been instrumental in establishing numerous avenues for teen
> involvement at the library, including ongoing Teen Lounges at various
> library locations, which give teens the opportunity to work on
> homework and socialize in a safe and constructive environment.  Visit
> her website <http://www.sararyan.com>  for more information about her
> life as a writer. 
> *****
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