Pop YS Con

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Pop YS Con (formerly known as the Kids First Conference) is a two-day, biennial conference all about all things youth services. Join us for award-winning keynote speakers, breakout sessions from in-practice librarians, networking with librarians from all across Iowa, and meeting vendors, nonprofits, and government organizations that support your library work, all while you earn Continuing Education credit. 

2022 Pop YS Con

Pop YS Con will be held April 4 and 5, 2022 at the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center in Ames. Join us for two days of all things youth services! Find more information about the conference and registration link in the sidebar or browse FAQs about the conference at the link below.

Pop YS Con FAQs


Background

The first Kids First event was held in 1997 and it has grown as a learning and connection experience every year since then!  The conference is partially funded through the Hazel Westgate Endowment and by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa. Hazel Westgate was a beloved children's librarian who worked at the Iowa City Public Library for 39 years. The Endowment carries on her work in educating librarians and advocating for youth in the public library.

2020 Kids First Conference

Moved online due to the Covid pandemic, the 202 Kids First Conference was still a great learning opportunity. Recorded brekout sessions are available to watch on our YouTube playlist.

Watch the 2020 Conference Recordings


imls_logo_2c.jpgPop YS Con is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Service and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of Iowa.