YSS Spring Conference Wrap-Up
Submitted by Mary Ferris, YSS President
In late March over 200 youth services librarians from across the state attended the YSS Conference on Long Island. In keeping with the conference theme they left “Informed, Inspired, and Ignited.”
Pam Smith, director of the Anythink Libraries in Colorado, set the tone for the day with her inspiring keynote address. Fifteen workshop sessions were offered on subjects ranging from the importance of play and readers advisory for the preschool crowd, to integrating iPads and apps into youth programming. Attendees met and visited with local authors in the Author Garden and had the opportunity to try their luck at winning one of over 15 fantastic raffle baskets. Author and illustrator Matt Phelan shared the stories behind some of his award-winning books during his luncheon speech.
The 2015 Pied Piper Award was given to the Pioneer Middle School in Yorkshire, NY, for its Family Reading Night. The program featured a fun-filled evening of activities for children and their parents such as crafts, guitar-pick decorating, a dance-off, and a Name that Tune competition.
If you weren’t at the conference, you missed your chance to buy a Super Librarian t-shirt to wear this summer – the limited edition shirt was sold out by the end of the conference.
Director Liz Liddington and her committee are already working on next year’s conference, which will be held in the Albany area. If you have any suggestions for programs you’d like to see (or if you have expertise in some aspect of youth services), please don’t hesitate to get in touch with her. Her contact information can be found on the YSS webpage.