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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 Danielle Fortin at


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

of the projects supported by the YSS are:
  • *New* Performer's Showcase: We collected reviews from librarians around the state and put them together in a handy document for you. 
  • 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
  • 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.

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)


Lupine & Katahdin Awards


2018 Lupine Committee


Lupine Award and Honor Books 2018-1989


Lupine Author/Illustrator 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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