The Wisconsin Library Association's Youth Services Section (YSS) advocates for professional empowerment, collaboration, and innovative, inclusive, and intentional service. To that end, YSS provides a forum and resources for people in Wisconsin's libraries who share a commitment to serving children and young adults, their parents, caregivers, and teachers. It is a vital, dynamic group whose interests focus on providing quality library service and encouraging literacy and library use. YSS members include public and school library staff, library trustees and library supporters who work together to benefit youth in Wisconsin. To become a member simply check the YSS box on your WLA membership or renewal form. To become actively involved, please contact the current YSS Chair or Chair-elect to find out more about committee and conference opportunities for volunteering.

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 WLA's Youth Services Section (YSS) Presents . . .

Libraries Without Limits: Insights from OTs, PTs and SLPs

Thursday, May 9, 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Free for WLA Members/$25.00 for Nonmembers

 Join us for the next installment of the YSS Presents webinar series! Jessica Oakland, physical therapist, and Hannah Delaney, speech-language pathologist, from Progressive Beginnings Rehab Agency, will discuss how to incorporate OT/PT/ST into libraries and library programs, and the fun and creative ways we can promote child development through activities, songs, and crafts.



Speaker Bios
Hannah Delaney, MS, CCC-SLP - Hello, I'm Hannah! I graduated from Marquette University in 2020 with a bachelor's degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. I continued my education at Marquette and graduated in 2021 with a masters in Speech-Language Pathology. From there I completed my Clinical Fellowship Year (CFY) at a school district in Wisconsin evaluating and treating students from ages 2-18. I found a love in evaluating/treating pediatric clients with a variety of communication and feeding/swallowing needs. I have been a part of the Progressive Beginnings team for about two years now and have loved collaborating with OT, PT and families to help achieve our clients' goals along with making a difference in their lives. I am currently working on getting my NLA (natural language acquisition) certification so that I can better support my neurodivergent pediatric patients. In my free time, I enjoy watching/playing sports, baking sweet treats, spending time outdoors and playing board games with family and friends.

Jessica Oakland, PT, DPT - Hi, I'm Jessica! I graduated with my Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2010 and then my Doctorate of Physical Therapy in May 2014 both from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. I started with Progressive Beginnings in June 2014 and then joined the family business as an Operational Partner in November 2014. I have a passion to work with pediatric patients and truly love being becoming part of each of their stories. I create our newsletters, social media posts, and community outreach as the Director of Marketing as well as oversee both Human Resources and Patient Services Division. My husband and I live in Manitowoc with our daughter, son, and dog. We love to travel, hike, camp, and spend time with our family and friends.


2024 CHAIR Cathy Pescinski, Teen Librarian, Shawano County Library
VICE-CHAIR Justin Keberlein, Youth Librarian, Kenosha Public Library
PAST CHAIR Alison Loewen, Youth Services Librarian, Mead Public Library  
SECRETARY Caitlin Schaffer, Youth Services Librarian, Oconomowoc Public Library 
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Valerie Spooner, Children's Librarian, Rusk County Community Library 
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Peter Blenski, Youth Services Manager, Pewaukee Public Library
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Jenna Gilles, Youth Services Librarian, Chippewa Falls Public Library
DIRECTOR-AT-LARGE Laci Sheldon, Youth Services Director, McIntosh Memorial Library 

Linda Jerome, Teen Librarian, La Crosse Public Library 


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