Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) update

The 2020 YSS Spring Conference has been postponed, due to concerns related to COVID-19. YSS is committed to the health and safety of our conference attendees and our library community and is adhering to guidance from local and state government and public health officials to avoid gatherings.

The conference has been rescheduled for Friday, May 21, 2021, but the location will remain the same - the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel in Clayton, New York.

If you have already registered for the 2020 YSS Conference and you plan to attend in 2021 – no action is required. We’ll hold onto your registration and you are all set!

If anything changes between now and April 21, 2021 – you can cancel your registration and receive a full refund. Should you wish to receive a refund now, please send your refund request to with YSS Conference Cancellation in the subject line. Refunds will be issued by check in the coming weeks.

Questions about the conference itself can be directed to Angela Newman.

1000 Islands Harbor Hotel // Keynote: Ellen Oh // Conference brochure

Early bird pricing until March 15 // Final registration deadline is April 15

Important note about registration
If your NYLA membership or renewal is pending, you should register as a nonmember.
The conference registrar will apply the correct amount to the invoice once status as a NYLA, YSS, or SSL member is confirmed.

Clayton is a small village located on the St. Lawrence River in the beautiful Thousand Islands region of Northern New York.

After hearing from our keynote speaker Ellen Oh of We Need Diverse Books, conference attendees will head to breakout sessions held at the nearby Hawn Memorial Library, the Clayton Opera House, and the Antique Boat Museum. (Shuttle service will be available for those in need.)

We‘ve got a great line-up planned for 2020, with session topics ranging from library service to families with babies to helping high school students navigate the transition to college.

We‘re also working on a brand new conference activity that will give attendees the opportunity to take a deeper dive into what their fellow youth service librarians are doing across the state.