YSS Awards and Scholarships

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Please note that YSS no longer co-sponsors the 3 Apples Book Award. For more information on this award, visit the Section of School Librarians.

Empire State Award

This award is presented to a New York State author to honor a body of work which represents excellence in children’s and young adult literature for young people. Suggest an author today.

Pied Piper Award

This award recognizes excellence in the creation of an individual program that promotes service to the young people of New York State Libraries and is able to be replicated at other libraries. Submissions are judged on originality, program implementation, program content, and marketing of said program.

Ann Gibson Scholarship

This award is given annually to honor the memory of Ann Gibson, a dynamic, dedicated librarian, storyteller and teacher, in recognition of her many contributions to the field of youth services librarianship.

Spring Conference Scholarships

These two scholarships are awarded to encourage continuing education in the field of library youth services by participating in the annual YSS Spring Conference. In addition to having the full registration fee of the conference paid, each recipient will receive a reimbursement for hotel charges, meals, and transportation costs in an amount up to $250.