YSS Pied Piper Award


The Pied Piper Award recognizes excellence in the creation of an individual program that promotes service to the young people of New York State Libraries and is replicable at other libraries. Submissions are judged on originality, program implementation, program content, and marketing of said program.


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Pied Piper Submission Form 2023

Annual Deadline

December 1 for programs presented in the last 365 days.



For further information or to submit your application materials,
please contact the Pied Piper Committee Chair.


1. All submissions must have been created and implemented in a New York State library within the twelve months prior to December 1st of the award year.

2. The applicant must be a current member of NYLA/YSS an d working in a public library, school library, or library system in New York State. If a submission has multiple applicants, at least one applicant must be a NYLA/YSS member. Evidence of applicant’s current membership in NYLA/YSS must also be included with submission as a page print out from the NYLA membership page or a printed receipt for paying to join/renew as a member.

3. All materials submitted must be free of all copyright restrictions. The copyright statement on the application form must be signed.

4. Submissions should include:

5. Submit three (3) full color sets and one (1) black and white master set of all program materials if submission is mailed, or one color copy if emailed.

Please note:

List of Award Recipients

2021: Fractured Fairy Tale Escape Room
Katie Brand and Jessica Leviness, The Smithtown Library
Puzzle explanations
Teen Fractured Fairy Tale Escape Room
Teen puzzle worksheet
Children's Fractured Fairy Tale Escape Room
Children's puzzle worksheet

View past winners here.