Meet our Youth Staff
Our dedicated youth specialists provide regularly scheduled story classes throughout the year for parents and children to attend together.
Sara Turner, Public Services Manager - Youth Services
Sara has a Master’s Degree in anthropology and over 7 years of experience with youth education teaching all ages ranging from preschool to high school. She loves when storytimes and youth programs spark the imagination of children, teens, and their families. Her goal is to inspire learning for life through stories, books, and hands-on activities.
Buenaventura Lakes Library
Susan McCall, Youth Specialist
Susan has been a part of the Library Youth Department for over 10 years as a storyteller and facilitator for Children’s Programs. She enjoys visiting area preschools and bringing books to life for the children and showing kids and adults that reading is fun! An advocate for early literacy, Susan’s motto is “Read early, read often”.
Hart Memorial Library
Jonathan Robbins, Youth Specialist
Jonathan became the Youth Specialist for Hart Memorial Library in 2017. Story days are his absolute favorite days in the world, and he loves introducing children to books he loved as a kid. Jonathan is always ready to dance, sing a silly song, or read a story in a funny voice. When he’s not at the library, he’s at home reading all the books he checks out!
Michelle LaPlant, Youth Specialist
Michelle is originally from Missouri where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education. She has worked with children in grades PreK-6th for several years and taught 5th and 6th grade for 14 years. She is excited to join a spectacular group of people and look forward to having LOTS of fun playing to learn and learning to play!
St. Cloud Library
Crystal Hamrick, Youth Services Librarian
Crystal became the Youth Services Librarian at the St. Cloud Library in 2015. When she is not behind her desk, she can be found performing story time, keeping the teens “un-bored”, or working out in those S(cience), T(echnology), E(ducation), A(rt), and M(ath) programs.
Her favorite saying is “THERE IS SO MUCH TO SEE, SO MUCH TO DO AT YOUR LIBRARY!”
West Osceola Library
Lisa Jones, Youth Services Librarian
Graduating with a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey, Lisa taught elementary school for a total of 25 years. She taught children ranging in ages from Preschool to 4th grade and tutored students of all ages outside of school. She returned to school and graduated in 2009 with a Masters Degree in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, also in NJ.