Youth Services 2022 Spring Workshop

The 2022 Youth Services Spring Workshop will feature three sessions by author Lynne Kelly and a number of breakout sessions related to the 2022 Summer Library Theme: Oceans of Possibility.

The Youth Services workshop is being planned as an in-person event and registration is limited to 100 participants.

Please note: Participants are required to wear face masks in indoor areas.

Event Information

Date: Friday, March 11, 2022, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (workshop checking opens at 8 a.m.)
Audience: Public library staff serving children and young adults.
Location: The Vines Center, 1 Four H Way, Little Rock, AR 72223
Cost: $10 per participant.

Registration for the in-person event is now closed. Please contact Ruth Hyatt,, for information about how to access the event virtually.

8.0 Professional Development Hours accredited by ADE are available to participants.

Frequently Asked Questions

About Keynote Speaker Lynne Kelly
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Lynne Kelly’s career as a sign language interpreter has taken her everywhere from classrooms to hospitals to Alaskan cruises. She was born in Galesburg, Illinois, grew up in Houston, lived in some much colder places, then found her way back to the Houston area. For a few years she also taught special education, a good career for someone with excellent organizational and planning skills. Lacking those skills, she quit teaching in 2006 and thankfully has more time for writing. But it was during those teaching years that she worked with some great kids and became interested in writing, so that all worked out.

Her 2019 novel Song For a Whale, about a deaf girl named Iris who forms an unlikely bond with the “loneliest whale in the world,” has been described as “finely crafted,” “important,” and “uplifting” by reviewers from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, and School Library Journal. Song For a Whale received the 2020 Schneider Family Book Award and was named one of the best books of the year by New York Public Library.