Maine Library Association

Youth Services Section Interest Group (YSS)

YSS is focused on promoting and improving library service to young people. It is open to anyone interested in supporting library services to young people.  

For more information or to join, please contact chair Danielle Fortin at

Notes and minutes from YSS meetings

Activities & Projects

Some of the projects supported by the YSS are:
    • Performer's Showcase: We collected reviews from librarians around the state and put them together in a handy document for you. 
    • Beg, Borrow, Steal: Our fall event where librarians are invited to bring programs to share and questions to ponder. Notes from past meetings can be found here.
    • Summer Reading Planning sessions: Our spring event where librarians can talk about all things summer reading! We welcome libraries that use CSLP and those that don't. Notes from past meetings can be found on the same page as the Beg, Borrow, Steal notes
    • Maine Youth Librarians: A Facebook group to share ideas relating to youth services in libraries.
    • Maine Storytime Underground: Maine's division of the popular Facebook group which focuses on best story-time practices.


YSS also oversees two awards for excellence in children's literature: the annual Lupine Award for best picture or youth books with a Maine connection, and the Katahdin Award to recognize an outstanding body of work by a Maine author/illustrator of children's or youth literature.

YSS Executive Board:

    • Danielle Fortin, Chair, South Berwick Public Library (Term ending April 2021)
    • Donna Wallace, Vice Chair, Auburn Public Library
    • Jill Hooper, Head of Lupine Committee, Freeport Middle School
    • Deb Cleveland, Secretary, Auburn Public Library
    • Irene Hall, Member-at-Large, Witherle Memorial Library (Term ending August 2019)
    • Mary Beckett, Member-at-Large, Edythe Dyer Community Library (Term ending August 2020)
    • Deanna Gouzie McNamara, Reading Round-Up Liaison, McArthur Public Library
    • Samantha Cote, Past Chair, Windham Public Library
    • Stephanie Schott, Early Literacy Consultant, Maine State Library (Ex-Officio)

Our group bylaws are available here. They were approved April 13, 2018.

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