Youth Services Consultants in New York's Public Library Systems

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Brooklyn Public Library (Kings County)

Carrie Banks, Supervising Librarian
The Child's Place for Children with Special Needs/Kidsmobile
2065 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234
phone:  (718) 253-4948
c.banks @ brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Rachel Payne, Coordinator, Early Childhood Services
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
phone: (718) 230-2233; fax: (718) 230-2784
e-mail: r.payne @ brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Jennifer Thompson, Coordinator of Young Adult Services
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
phone: (718) 230-2237; fax: (718) 230-2784
e-mail: j.thompson @ brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Andrea Vaughn, Coordinator of Central Library Youth Services and Neighborhood Services
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
phone: (718) 230-2232; fax: (718) 230-2784
e-mail: a.vaughn @ brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Judy Zuckerman, Ass' t Dir., Neighborhood Services
10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
phone: (718) 230-2236; fax: (718) 230-2784
e-mail: j .zuckerman @ brooklynpubliclibrary.org

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library

Brian Hoth, Youth Services Coordinator
1 Lafayette Square
Buffalo, NY 14203
phone: (716) 858-7194; fax: (716) 858-7515
e-mail: hothb @ buffalolib.org

Chautauqua-Cattaraugus Library System

Valle Blair, Youth Services Consultant
106 West Fifth St.
Jamestown, NY 14701
phone: (716) 484-7135 x230; fax: (716) 484-1205
e-mail: vblair @ cclslib.org

Clinton-Essex-Franklin Library System

Julie Wever, Outreach and Youth Services Coordinator
33 Oak Street
Plattsburgh, NY 12901
phone: (518) 563-5190 x18  ; fax: (518) 563-0421
e-mail: wever @ cefls.org

Finger Lakes Library System (Cayuga, Cortland, Seneca, Tioga, Tompkins counties)

Amanda Schiavulli, Youth and Adult Services Coordinator
119 E. Green St.
Ithaca, NY 14850
phone: (607) 273-4074 x227
e-mail: aschiavulli @ flls.org

Four County Library System (Broome, Chenango, Delaware, Otsego counties)

Starr LaTronica, Youth Services and Outreach Manager
304 Clubhouse Rd.
Vestal, NY 13850
phone: (607) 723-8236 x350; fax: (607) 723-1722
e-mail: slatronica @ 4cls.org

Mid-Hudson Library System (Columbia, Dutchess, Greene, Putnam, Northern Ulster counties)

Merribeth Advocate
Outreach and Education Coordinator
103 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
phone: (845) 471-6060 x254; fax: (845) 454-5940
madvocate @ midhudson.org

Mid-York Library System (Herkimer, Madison, Oneida counties)

Heather Urtz
Collections and Materials Manager
1600 Lincoln Avenue
Utica, NY 13502
phone: (315) 735-8331 x238; fax: (315) 735-0943
hurtz @ midyork.org

Mohawk Valley Library System (Fulton, Montgomery, Schenectady, Schoharie counties)

Sue Rokos, Youth Services Consultant
858 Duanesburg Rd.
Schenectady, NY 12306
phone: (518) 355-2010 x226; fax: (518) 355-0674
e-mail: srokos @ mvls.info

Monroe County Library System

Tonia Burton
Children's Services Consultant
115 South Ave.
Rochester, NY 14604
phone: (585) 428-8151
tburton @ libraryweb.org

Nassau Library System

Renee McGrath, Youth Services Manager
900 Jerusalem Ave.
Uniondale, NY 11553
phone: (516) 292-8920 x230; fax: (516) 481-4777
e-mail: renee @nassaulibrary.org

The New York Public Library (Bronx, New York, Richmond counties)

Julia Chang
Children- Public Programs/Lifelong Learning 
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-2788
phone: (212) 340-0950; fax: (212) 930-0905
jlchang @ nypl.org

Gretchen Kolderup
Manager, Young Adult Education and Engagement
New York Public Library
445 Fifth Avenue, 6th floor
New York, NY 10016
( 212) 592-7575
gretchenkolderup @ nypl.org

Maggie Jacobs, Director of Educational Programs
NYPL, Mid-Manhattan Library, 6th Floor
455 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10016
phone: (212) 340-0851
maggiejacobs @ nypl.org

Jeanne Lamb
Coordinator, Youth Collections
476 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10018-2788
phone: (212) 621-0259 x40259; fax: (212) 930-0905
jlamb @ nypl.org

Nioga Library System (Genesee, Niagara, Orleans counties)

Thomas Bindeman, Director
6575 Wheeler Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
phone: (716) 434-6167 x4; fax: (716) 434-8231
e-mail: bindeman @ nioga.org

Lisa Erickson, Outreach Coordinator
6575 Wheeler Rd.
Lockport, NY 14094
phone: (716) 434-6167 x33
e-mail: leric @ nioga.org

North Country Library System (Jefferson, Lewis, Oswego, St. Lawrence counties)

Emily Owen, Youth Services Consultant
22072 County Route 190
Watertown, NY 13601
phone: (315) 782-5540 x245; fax: (315) 782-6883
e-mail: eowen @ ncls.org

Angela Newman
Youth Services Consultant
22072 County Rte 190
Watertown, NY 13602
phone: (315) 782-5540
fax: (315) 782-6883
e-mail: anewman @ ncls.org

Onondaga County Public Library

Amanda Travis, Member Library Liaison
The Galleries of Syracuse
447 South Salina St.
Syracuse, NY 13202
phone: (315) 435-1825; fax: (315) 435-1881
e-mail: atravis @ onlib.org

Pioneer Library System (Livingston, Ontario, Wayne, Wyoming counties)

Pat Finnerty, Outreach Coordinator/Consultant Librarian
2557 State Route 21
Canandaigua, NY 14424
phone: (585) 394-8260; fax: (585) 394-1935
e-mail: pfinnerty @ pls-net.org

Queens Borough Public Library

Sarah Hinkle
Assistant Coordinator of Children's Services
Programs & Services Department
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
phone:  (718) 990-0882; fax: (718) 297-3404
e-mail: shinkle @ queenslibrary.org

Melissa Malanuk
Assistant Coordinator of Youth Services
Queens Library
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
e-mail: Melissa.malanuk @ queenslibrary.org

Daniel Nkansah, Coordinator of Children's Services
Program and Services Department
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
phone: (718) 990-0716; fax: (718) 297-3404
e-mail: dnkansah @ queenslibrary.org

Lambert Shell, Ph.D., Director of Programs and Services, Program and Services Department
89-11 Merrick Boulevard
Jamaica, NY 11432
phone:  (718) 990-8657; fax: (718) 297-3404
e-mail: lshell @ queenslibrary.org

Ramapo Catskill Library System (Orange, Rockland, Sullivan, Southern Ulster counties)

Randall Enos, Youth Services Consultant
619 Route 17M
Middletown, NY 10940
phone: (845) 243-3747 x240; fax: (845) 243-3739
e-mail: renos @ rcls.org

Southern Adirondack Library System (Hamilton, Saratoga, Warren, Washington counties)

Jennifer Ferriss, Youth Consultant
22 Whitney Place
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
phone: (518) 584-7300 x219; fax: (518) 587-5589
jferriss @ sals.edu

Southern Tier Library System (Allegany, Chemung, Schuyler, Steuben, Yates counties)

Lorie Brown, Youth Services/Interlibrary Loan
9424 Scott Rd.
Painted Post, NY 14870
phone: (607) 962-3141 x209; fax: (607) 962-5356
brownl @ stls.org

Suffolk Cooperative Library System

Lisa G. Kropp
Youth Services Consultant
672 N Sunrise Service Road
Bellport, NY  11713
phone:  (631) 286-1600 x1365
lisa @ suffolknet.org

Derek Ivie
Youth Services Librarian
Suffolk Cooperative Library System
627 N. Sunrise Service Road
Bellport, NY 1173
631-286-1600
derek @ suffolknet.org

Upper Hudson Library System (Albany, Rensselaer counties)

Mary Fellows, Manager, Youth and Family Services
28 Essex St.
Albany, NY 12206
phone: (518) 437-9880 x228; fax: (518) 437-9884
e-mail: mary @ uhls.lib.ny.us

Westchester Library System

Elena Falcone
Director of the Office of Community Connections
540 White Plains Road - Suite 200
Tarrytown, NY 10591
phone: (914) 231-3240; fax: (914) 674-4185
elena @ wlsmail.org


New York State Library

all counties

Division of Library Development
Karen Balsen, Library Development Specialist
Cultural Education Center Albany, NY 12230
phone: (518) 486-2194; fax: (518) 486-5254
e-mail: kbalsen @ mail.nysed.gov

Talking Book and Braille Library
Sharon Phillips, Youth Services Librarian
Cultural Education Center
Albany, NY 12230
phone: (518) 474-7345; fax: (518) 474-5786
e-mail: sphillip @ mail.nysed.gov

New York Library Association Youth Services Section

Sarah Sachs, MLS
Potsdam Public Library
2 Park Street
Potsdam, NY 13676
ssachs @ potsdamlibrary.org
phone: (315)265-7230; fax: (315) 268-0306

See also: Public Library System Outreach Web Resources

Cyber Safety

  • A new booklet recently released by the Federal Trade Commission and other government agencies helps parents and teachers steer kids safely through the online and mobile phone worlds. Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids About Being Onlinepdf fileexternal link opens in a new window was unveiled  at Jefferson Middle School in Washington, D.C. by FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski. At the middle school, which is known for its emphasis on science and technology, the officials met with students and teachers to discuss online safety. Net Cetera tells parents and teachers what they need to know to talk to kids about issues like cyberbullying, sexting, mobile phone safety, and protecting the family computer. Talking to kids about these topics can help them avoid behaving rudely online; steer clear of inappropriate content like pornography, violence, or hate speech; and protect themselves from contact with bullies, predators, hackers, and scammers.
Last Updated: March 19, 2014 -- asm; for questions, comments or suggestions, contact Karen Balsen