Ever wanted to get to know the YALSA Board of Directors more? Here’s your chance! We’ll be posting fun mini-interviews with each board member all month long so you can get to know them a little better. 

Photo of Director at Large Stacey Shapiro, a selfie
Stacey Shapiro, Director-At-Large

Name: Stacey Shapiro

Title & Library: YA/Programming Librarian, Cranford Public Library

Role on the Board: Director-at-Large

Year on the Board: 1st year in this position

  1. What does YALSA mean to me? 

SS: YALSA means access to a network of other young adult librarians who I can collaborate with and brainstorm with, all people who are dedicated to serving teens.

2. What are your hopes for the future of teen services?

SS:  I hope that libraries all over the country realize how important it is to have a dedicated teen librarian and that welcoming them at this age means they’ll be library patrons for life.

3. What is your favorite YALSA Committee or Committee that you would love to be on again?

SS: It’s impossible, but I loved my Printz Committee, both the work, no matter how tiring, and the friends I made.

4. What’s your ultimate comfort food?

SS: Probably pizza!

5. What TV show or Movie do you watch on repeat? Or a book that you love reading when you’re in between new books?

SS: Well last year I reread the Locked Tomb series twice before Nona the Ninth came out. I keep hoping a character death won’t happen the second time….

6, What would you do or where would you go if you won the lotto?

SS: I would take at least a month off work (being realistic here!) and travel to the other side of the world: Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea. I want to do Hobbiton especially.

Want to run for YALSA Board?  We’re looking for candidates for the 2024 ALA Election. If you will be at ALA Annual Conference in Chicago this summer, join us at YALSA 301 to learn more about YALSA Governance. Want to find out what the duties and responsibilities of the Director at Large are for the YALSA Board? Find them in the YALSA Handbook here.   If you’ve been thinking about it, why not fill out the nomination form today? Just click here.

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