Maine Library Association

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

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

Activities & Projects

Some of the projects supported by the YSS are:


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 (Term ending April 2021)
    • Deb Cleveland, Secretary, Auburn Public Library (Term ending April 2021)
    • Sara Groves, Member-at-Large, Lewiston Pubic Library (Term ending August 2021)
    • Mary Beckett, Member-at-Large, Edythe Dyer Community Library (Term ending August 2020)
    • Deanna Gouzie McNamara, Reading Round-Up Liaison, McArthur Public Library (Term ending August 2020)
    • Samantha Cote, Past Chair, Windham Public Library
    • Kara Reiman, Youth Literacy Consultant, Maine State Library (Ex-Officio)
    • Jill Hooper, Head of Lupine Committee, Freeport Middle School


Read our group bylaws, approved April 13, 2018.

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