YSS is open to anyone interested in promoting, supporting and improving library services to young people.
Just select the YSS Interest Group on your MLA membership page or email YSS for assistance!
The Youth Services Board currently consists of 7 members, a past chair who guides the executive board, and several ex-officio members.
Terms are for 2+ years and are staggered. If you are interested in joining the board, please email YSS.
Check out this informational slide show to learn a little about YSS.
Questions? Contact chair Danie Fortin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Maine Student Book Award (MSBA) - The Maine Student Book Award is designed to expand literary horizons of students in grades 4-8 by encouraging them to read, evaluate, and enjoy a selection of new books and to choose a statewide favorite by written ballot each spring. The MSBA is a joint project of the Maine Library Association, Maine Association of School Libraries, and Maine Literacy Council.
North Star Book Award - The North Star Award is designed to encourage young adults to read for fun. Our goal is to help teens feel empowered by selecting a statewide favorite to share with the world. The North Star Award is a joint project of the Maine Library Association, Maine Association of School Libraries, and Maine Literacy Council.
Read our group bylaws, approved April 13, 2018.