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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 Samantha Cote at


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

of the projects supported by the YSS are:
  • 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
  • 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 storytime practices.


Lupine & Katahdin Awards


2018 Lupine Committee


Lupine Award and Honor Books 2017-1989


Lupine Author/Illustrator/Photographer List (year of award)


Lupine Award History


Katahdin Award    


To order Lupine Award and Lupine Honor seals please send a SASE and a check made out to MLA/ YSS to Windham Public Library, 

217 Windham Center Road, Windham ME 04062 Attn: Samantha Cote

Seals are 25 cents each.

Please be specific regarding how many Award vs Honor seals you'd like.

Questions can be directed to the YSS Chair at:    

Lupine Submissions

 Every year, the Lupine committee meets to select the best picture books and youth books with a Maine connection published that year.  What is a Maine connection, you ask?  The author must be from Maine or live in Maine for at least part of the year and/or the book must be set at least partially in Maine.  

 If you would like to submit your book for consideration, please send review copies to the Lupine Chair (name and address below).  Ideally, if you could provide 7 review copies, that would make it easier for the committee.  If not, we understand and we can share!  Review copies must be received by the end of November to give the committee time to read and consider each title. 


2018 Lupine Chair:

Jill Hooper

84 Wildes Road

Bowdoinham, ME  04008


Questions?  Please feel free to contact me (  Thanks!

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