Update from YSS
As we are getting blanketed with a foot or more of snow – AGAIN – just thinking about spring gets me past the aches in my back from shoveling. By the end of March, I’m hoping that all this white stuff will have disappeared and I’ll be enjoying some warmer temps while I’m making a trip down south – to Long Island for the YSS Spring Conference. The conference is scheduled for Friday, March 27, at the Islandia Marriott. YSS Third Year Director, Deborah Hempe, and her hard-working committee of volunteers have put together a great day-long opportunity for continuing ed. and professional growth.
The conference theme “Inform, Inspire, Ignite!” promises to provide information about library trends and practices in youth services, present new ideas for programs and marketing, and stir up excitement about what’s happening in libraries across the state. Fifteen diverse workshop sessions are scheduled for the day making it hard to choose just three.
Two great speakers will be at the conference. Pam Sandlian-Smith, the director of Anythink Libraries, will kick off the day by sharing how libraries can reinvent themselves to help people fall in love with libraries and reading. Our luncheon guest will be Matt Phelan, the amazing illustrator whose work ranges from picture books by Linda Sue Park and Alice Schertle to Newbery Award winning fiction by Susan Patron and his own graphic novels. The winner of the YSS Pied Piper Award for a program, flyer or brochure will be announced. And following on the success of last year’s Illustrator Garden, this year’s conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet, greet and have books autographed by authors and illustrators who call Long Island home.
YSS is partnering with Hope For Youth in Amityville in a service project. If you’re coming to the conference, please remember to pack a couple of new or gently used books for children to be donated to foster homes, group homes, and outpatient children’s services. Or you can buy a book from our conference vendor, Barnes and Noble. We all know how important it is for children to have easy access to books.
And if you’re coming to Long Island the day before the conference, consider joining the YSS Executive Board for dinner. Our annual Past Presidents Dinner honors those who have headed up our section over the years and is a great way to get to know other youth services colleagues from across the state. Included in the evening’s festivities is a silent auction of irresistible goodies to support the Spring Conference Scholarships. We’ll be dining at Dave and Buster’s from 6-9 PM. Tickets are $38 and include a game card.
So if you haven’t already registered for the conference, check out the YSS webpage under Events and reserve your opportunity become an even better librarian!