Meet Our Youth Staff
Our dedicated Youth Team provides regularly scheduled fun and educational storytimes and programs throughout the year.
Sara Turner, Youth Services Manager
Sara 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. Sara holds a Master's Degree in Anthropology and has over 7 years of experience in youth education, teaching all ages from preschool to high school.
Buenaventura Lakes Library
Susan McCall, Youth Specialist
Susan has been a part of the Youth Team for over 10 years as a storyteller and facilitator for early reading in local preschools via the GROW outreach program. She enjoys visiting area preschools and bringing books to life, 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 all grades of elementary school and taught 5th and 6th grade for 14 years. She is excited to be a part of a spectacular team of people and looks 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's in the Children's area, she can be found performing storytime, 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
Lisa taught elementary school for a total of 25 years after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Monmouth University in New Jersey. She has taught preschool to 4th grade and tutored students of all ages outside of school. Lisa graduated in 2009 with a Master's in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University.