Shannon Peterson, Youth Services coordinator for Kitsap Regional Library, was named the 2013 recipient of the Children’s and Young Adults Services (CAYAS) Award for Visionary Service to Youth at last week’s Washington Library Association Conference in Vancouver.
Peterson served as a youth services librarian specializing in teen services at the library system’s Port Orchard Branch before becoming the system’s leader for youth services late in 2012.
She is also the president-elect of the Young Adult Library Services Association, a subgroup of the American Library Association.
Peterson was recognized by the Washington Library Association for her inspiring work with children and teens locally, statewide and nationally.
She was nominated for the award by Port Orchard Branch Manager Kathleen Wilson.
“Shannon is a tireless advocate for teens and the positive role public libraries can play in their lives,” Wilson said. “I have watch Shannon transform the lives of many teens over the years.
“To most of these teens, the library was the only place they felt they truly belonged and Shannon is able to not only give these teens a place to feel welcome but she has mentored and inspired them, by giving them opportunities to become leaders on their own.”
The selection committee for the award stated they were particularly impressed by Peterson’s work to provide her teen advisory panel a chance to participate in a panel discussion at the YALSA Teens and Libraries Summit in Seattle.
CAYAS recognizes an individual whothrough their practice and example, provide inspiration and leadership for others who serve children and young adults in libraries.