Registration for the YSS Spring Conference is Now Open!

Join your youth services colleagues from around the state in CLAYTON on April 19, 2024, for a day full of learning, inspiration, and connections at The Roaring 20s: Finding Your Voice in a Loud Decade.  We'll be joined by keynote speakers Lisa Fipps and Kelly Jensen, and talented youth services librarians from across the state will be talking about everything from baby raves to teen leadership.

Conference Schedule
Registration Opens 8:00AM - 8:30AM
Breakfast 8:30AM - 9:00AM
Welcome From YSS Board 9:00AM - 9:15AM
Keynote Address: 
Lisa Fipps: Find Your Voice & Roar
9:15AM - 10:15AM
Breakout Session 1
Best New Children's Books / Picton
Sneaking It In / Library
The Science of Reading / Opera 1
SEL Anime Club / Opera 2
10:45AM - 11:30AM
Luncheon Speaker
Kelly Jensen: We Can't Not Talk About It
Breakout Session 2
Picture Book Biographies / Picton
Joining Community Boards / Library
Baby Raves! / Opera 1
We Lead With Kindness Here / Opera 2
2:00PM - 2:45PM
Breakout Session 3
Here We Go 'Round... / Picton
WCSD Reads / Library
Teen Leaders Club / Opera 1
Table Talks / Opera 2
3:00PM - 4:00PM
Networking / Explore Clayton!


Full Conference Schedule PDF

Hotel Information

Hotel accommodations, vendors, keynotes, and some breakouts will be at the 1000 Islands Harbor Hotel.  Additional breakout sessions will be hosted at the Hawn Memorial Library and the Clayton Opera House, both conveniently located within two blocks of the hotel.

Online Hotel Booking Form

To book a room in our discounted block, please use this link or call 315-686-1100 and ask for a room in North Country Library System’s block.


Travel Details

Clayton, NY is conveniently located a short drive from Route 81! From 81N, take exit 47 and turn left onto NY-12 N. Once you enter the village of Clayton, turn right onto State Street, then left on Webb Street. At Hugunin Street, you'll turn right to enter the parking lot! 
Plan to arrive early and stay late - Clayton is a beautiful village and we have some fun activities planned! Join us for an open house at the Hawn Memorial Library from 4-6pm before the pre-conference reception. Visit the 1000 Islands Website to see what's nearby, and look out for more details about special post-conference experiences! The Thousand Islands Art Center and Handweaving Museum will be providing a special tour of their permanent fiber collection and giving a weaving demonstration, and we are working with other museums and spaces to arrange unique activities to help you make the most of your time in Clayton!


Registration Rates

Please review the registration form carefully and ensure that you select the appropriate conference package and provide as much information as possible about dietary restrictions and disability accommodations so that we can ensure that the conference is fully enjoyed by all.

                                    PACKAGE PRICE
Pre-Conference Reception at The Hops Spot in Clayton (Limit 50) $45
Full Conference Registration - Student/Retiree Rate $125
Full Conference Registration - Early Bird (Deadline: March 1st) $145
Full Conference Registration - Regular Rate (Deadline: March 31st) $185 


YSS Pre-Conference Reception

YSS Pre-Conference Reception
When? Thursday, April 18th, 2024 6:30-9:00PM
Where? The Hops Spot507 Riverside Drive, Clayton, NY 13624
Join the YSS Executive Board, Past YSS Presidents, and fellow conference attendees for a roaring evening of food, friendly faces, and games! Your ticket price includes dinner and a non-alcoholic beverage. We'll also be selling tickets to win some fabulous gift baskets! Funds raised go towards YSS-sponsored scholarships.

Questions can be directed to [email protected] or [email protected].

2024 YSS Spring Conference Service Project