YSS Awards and Scholarships

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3 Apples Book Awards

These three awards have been developed to encourage the joy of reading for pleasure and to give the children and teens in New York State the opportunity to participate in honoring their favorite books. It is co-sponsored by the Youth Services and School Library Media Sections of the New York Library Association, which together represent the public and school libraries of the state.

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.

Stephanie Squicciarini Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship will provide financial assistance to a participant in the Empowerment, Advocacy, and Leadership Academy. For more information on the Academy and how to apply for the scholarship, please visit the EALA webpage.

Stephanie Squicciarini, MLS, became a shining star in the field of teen services through her involvement in professional associations and as the Founder and President of the Greater Rochester Teen Book Festival (TBF). For seventeen years, Stephanie was the Teen Services Librarian at the Fairport (NY) Public Library. Her name was at the end of reviews in Kliatt and School Library Journal. She loved her work, sharing the joy of reading with teens, and in turn, inspired her peers to also provide outstanding library services to adolescents. For more information about Stephanie, read Lisa Wemett's tribute.