Youth Services Section | 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 2024

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:

  • a. Why the program was implemented
  • b. Instructions on how to implement program
  • c. The intended audience of the program
  • d. Publicity generated and/or marketing materials made for the program
  • e. Results achieved

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:

  • The winner will be announced at the YSS Spring Conference.
  • The Director of the winning library will receive a letter to inform him/her of award.
  • YSS Executive Board members and Pied Piper Committee members may not apply for the Pied Piper Award during their term of office.
  • By submitting an entry, all responsible parties agree that other librarians may use, reproduce, and/or adapt the work to their own needs, provided proper credit is given. The basic concept of the printed material or program must be relatively easy to reproduce.
  • Those responsible for submission o f the winning submission may be asked to do one of the following:
    • Create a presentation board to be displayed during the YSS Spring Conference.
    • Supply copies of their publication or program information for distribution to YSS members at the Spring Conferen ce.
    • Present their program at the roundtable during NYLA Conference or the following year’s YSS Spring Conference.
    • Submit the information electronically so that it may be reproduced in our YSS Newsletter or on the YSS website.

List of Award Recipients

2023: Dinosaur Tea Party
Rose Stuart, William K. Sanford Town Library
Dinosaur Tea Party

Past Award Recipients

  • 2022: No Winner
  • 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
  • 2020: Reach for "Hired" Ground
  • Joan K. Rosen, Haverstraw King's Daughters Public Library
  • Program information
  • Program flier--English
  • Program flier--Spanish
  • 2019: Preschool Discovery Lab
  • Krystina Dippel, Victor Farmington Library
  • 2018: Codergarten
  • Sarah Northshield, Pearl River Public Library
  • 2017: Stress Reduction Station
  • Margaux Calemmo, Garden City High School
  • 2016: 1000 Books Before Kindergarten and Baby Bugs Reading Program
  • Jennifer Priesser, Greece Public Library
  • 2015: Family Reading Night
  • Maria Muhlbauer, Pioneer Middle School
  • 2014: Dig into Reading and Beneath the Surface Summer Reading Program
  • Amy Johnston, Sachem Public Library
  • 2013: Empowerment Academy
  • Syntychia Kendrick-Samuel, Uniondale Public Library
  • 2012: Young Scientists
  • Penny Meskos, Fayetteville Free Library
  • 2011: Down on the Farm
  • Janet Naideau and Elizabeth Englert, East Northport Public Library
  • 2010: Read to Me Bags
  • Amy Joslyn and Jennifer Preisser, Fairport Public Library and Greece Public Library
  • 2009: Computer Camp
  • Scott Jarzombeck and Jamiee Meyer, Albany Public Library
  • 2008: First Fridays at Five
  • Sara Kipp, Stillwater Free Library
  • 2007: Fahrenheit 451 Book Burning
  • Kelly Tomaseski, Town of Esopus Library
  • 2006: No award given
  • 2005: New Baby Welcome
  • Roseanne Skelly and Patty Bruno, Greece Public Library
  • 2004: Memories of Good Times, Places and Faces of Smithtown
  • Harriet Pasca-Ortgies, Great Hollow Middle School Library Media Center
  • 2003: Snicket Bar
  • Gwen Collier and Darlene Pennachi, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library
  • 2002: Hang @ the EMPL
  • Frances Jackson, East Meadow Public Library
  • 2001: Storytime Programs
  • Sarah Killoran and Scott McIntyre, Massena Public Library
  • 2000: Read and Grow
  • Toni Dean and Mary Ann Still, Patchogue-Medford Library
  • 1999: Kids in the Kitchen
  • Jane Drake and Toni Dean, Patchogue-Medford Library
  • 1998: Babies Love to Listen
  • Becky Wright-Sedam, Southern Adirondack Library System
  • 1997: All Aboard for Reading
  • Peggy Hagen, Fairport Public Library
  • 1996: Risky Times
  • Marilee Foglesong, New York Public Library
  • 1995: Welcome to Research Heaven
  • Karen Terboss, Twelve Corners Middle School
  • 1994: Come Fly With Me…In Search of the Supernatural
  • Children’s Services Department, Bay Shore-Brightwater Public Library
  • 1993: Seeds of Change
  • Roseanne Cerny, Queens Borough Public Library
  • 1992: Toy and Moveable Books
  • Toni Dean, Patchogue-Medford Public Library
  • 1991: Abracadabra
  • Marie Foglesong, New York Public Library
  • 1990: Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs!
  • Laureen Maloney and Sean Martin, Comsewogue Public Library
  • 1989: Book a Cruise: Summer Reading Program
  • Marie McDermott, New City Library
  • Natalie Tabbone, Haverstraw King’s Daughter Public Library
  • Ramapo Catskill Library System
  • 1988: Reading Begins at Home
  • Mary Ferris, Wood Library
  • Paula Schaffner, Geneva Public Library
  • Wayne County Library System and Ontario Cooperative Library System
  • 1987: A Parents’ Primer
  • Julie Cummins, Monroe County Library System
  • 1986: Signs of the Zodiac
  • Donna Mancuso, Chili Public Library
  • 1985: On the Go: A List of Local Places to Visit and Activities to Do With Preschool Children
  • Children’s Services Department, Middle Country Public Library
  • 1984: Have You Wondered What We’re Singing?
  • Hornell Public Library
  • 1983: A Tough School Project Driving You Crazy?
  • Pat Thorsen, White Plains Public Library
  • 1982: Books for the Very Young
  • Linda Perkins, Buffalo and Erie County Public Library