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!

Poinciana Library

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.


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.