Youth Services Interest Group (YSIG)

Mission Statement/Purpose

To provide leadership, collaboration, and educational opportunities specific to public library services, issues, and technology impacting youth and those who serve them.


Spring Meeting in Buffalo

Youth librarians around the state met in Buffalo this may for their annual Spring Meeting. There was a Round Table Discussion on Intellectual Freedom and Book Challenges with Conrrado Saldivar, Jennisen Lucas, and Darcy Acord. Steve Rzasa, Johnson County Library Director,  led a tour of Johnson County Library and downtown Buffalo. Chris Van Burgh led a database overview and Janet Tharp presented a fabulous storytelling session. It was a very informative and successful meeting.

Spring Meeting and Training: NASA@My Library

The Wyoming State Library was pleased to announce that it was selected to partner with NASA@MyLibrary to host a workshop for Wyoming public librarians. This workshop was held in Laramie on March 28-29, 2019 in conjunction with the WLA Youth Services Interest Group Spring Meeting.

The NASA@MyLibrary staff provided the training free of charge to public librarians in attendance. The workshop training aimed to help participants in facilitating hands-on space science activities for children ages 5-13 and families in their libraries and connect to a broader online community of space science resources (STAR Library Network). Participants enjoyed activities demonstrated by two facilitators from the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The facilitators provided supplies for everyone to participate in hands-on activities, as well as lunch and snacks on Thursday and Friday. Part of the training included an evening under the stars that included outdoor activities.
All of these activities were designed to be replicated in your own library programming.

This workshop training paired nicely with the Collaborative Summer Library Program theme of A Universe of Stories.

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2022 WLA Annual Conference Grant

To encourage attendance to the 2022 WLA Annual Conference from September 28-30, 2022 in Casper, the Youth Services Interest Group is sponsoring a $150 grant to defray the costs of attending. Applicants must work with children or young adults. The grant recipient will be notified by email no later than August 15, 2022.  Please reply to both Beth and Becky before August 15 for us to review.

2022 Grant Application

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