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Board Members:

Amanda Weaver, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect

Transylvania County Public Library

Tracy Bagnato, Secretary
Wake County Library

Helen Yamamoto, Treasurer
Morrisville Community Library

Alicia Finley, Director of Membership and Communications
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library 

Jessica Reid, Director at Large

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Christin Hirleman, Scholarships Chair

Southern Pines Public Library

Janet West, NC Book Award Rep
Fuquay Community Library
Jasmine Rockwell, State Youth Consultant
NC Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources 
Joan Sherif, PLS Liaison    
Northwestern Regional Library

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2022 Biennial Retreat Call for Proposals

The NCLA Youth Services Section Executive Board is excited to announce its call for poster proposals. The 2022 retreat is "Renew, Refresh, Restart." Get ready for a fresh start as we navigate library programming through the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2022 YSS retreat will feature topics covering intellectual freedom, grant writing, DEI, goal setting, programming, breakouts, and many more! We are excited to get together with librarians and paraprofessionals working in youth services in our state, region, and other library systems, to network, learn and develop exciting ways to support and provide excellent programs while serving our youth population. 

We request that poster proposals relate and engage with the 2022 theme. 

And as you know, we can't have all work and no play! If you have a hidden talent that you would like to lead for YSS attendees for our social & networking event, send us your proposal! 

YSS will happily cover the cost of supplies. Plus, as a thank you, we will cover the cost of your registration for the retreat.

This activity may be leading an art project, a team-building activity, or another great idea!  

After the selection process, the YSS Board will notify proposal applicants. Please submit your proposal submissions below no later than August 5, 2022. 

Submit Poster Proposal HERE

Submit Social & Networking Activity Proposal HERE

Join us!

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.

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

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.

Add this section to your NCLA membership today!

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