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Who We Are: We are library professionals, at all levels, dedicated to providing quality services to children, young adults and families across North Carolina.

What we offer our members: We provide opportunities for our members to increase their knowledge and understanding of library related issues, materials, services, and trends related to youth and families.

Board Members

Lisa Donaldson, Chair
Henderson County Public Library
ldonaldson [at] henderson [dot] lib [dot] nc [dot] us  
Matt Mano, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Onslow County Public Library

Jen Pace Dickenson, Director/ Membership and Communications
Polk County Public Libraries
jpace [at] polklibrary [dot] org">​
Jessica Reid, Director at Large

Charlotte Mecklenburg Libraries

Helen Yamamoto, Treasurer
Morrisville Community Library
Jewel Davis, Secretary
Belk Library, Appalachian State

Meg Smith, Past Chair
Cumberland Cty PL & Information Center
Julianne Dunn, Scholarships Chair
Massey Hill Classical High School
Janet West, NC Book Award Rep
Fuquay Community Library
Jasmine Rockwell, State Youth Consultant
NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources
jasmine [dot] rockwell [at] ncdcr [dot] gov 
Joan Sherif, PLS/YA Liaison    
Northwestern Regional Library

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Join Us!

As a member of Youth Services Section, you are:

  • Expressing dedication to your career and library profession by working as an advocate to support library services to youth and families.
  • Part of a community of library professionals willing to share their knowledge and expertise on best practices and practical tips through our member email list and YSS sponsored events.
  • In a position to make a difference and impact library services around the state.
  • Eligible for YSS grants, scholarships, and discounts at NCLA events.

2019 Diverse Books Grant recipients with YSS Chair Lisa Donaldson

We partner with the State Library, local associations and sections of NCLA to offer professional enrichment.  Some events include:

  • Biennial fall retreat
  • Summer Reading workshops
  • Sponsored Conference events
  • Fabulous Fridays

How do I join?

All NCLA members are eligible to join YSS.  If you are new to NCLA, your membership includes one section choice at no charge. If you would like to add YSS to your current membership, there is only a $5 charge.

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Upcoming Events 

  • No upcoming events

Visit the NCLA Conference web page to link to notes on the following YSS sponsored sessions: 

  • YALSA Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff
  • School-Public Library Partnerships - roundtable discussion
  • PLS/YSS/REMCO Wine and Cheese Reception
  • Programming with Intent: Planning Storytimes Through an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity Framework
  • What Library Directors Need to Know About YALSA's Teen Services Competencies for Library Staff

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