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August 15, 2019 

Contact: Donna Scott-Martin

301-699-3500, x6152

Kelsey Hughes of the County Library System, Participant in YALSA’s Transforming Teen Services, A Train the Trainer Approach

Kelsey Hughes

Largo, MD – Kelsey Hughes of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) is a participant in the Transforming Teen Services: A Train the Trainer Approach project. The second cohort of the project by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies has 97 participating library agencies with their front-line staff. The project is generously funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

As part of the project, the County Library System will work with its Adult and Teen Services Specialist Kelsey Hughes to develop and deliver computational thinking literacy continuing education (CE) to other library staff in the state of Maryland, who will in turn provide programs and services for/with youth, especially underrepresented youth. "Computational thinking will be an important skill for this generation of teens as they move into the workforce. I am excited to learn new ways to help our teens become college and career ready and share those ideas across the state," commented Kelsey Hughes.  

 Hughes will participate in a three-day training, deliver a minimum of 30 hours of training to library staff throughout the state, and take part in a virtual community of practice over the next two years. PGCMLS Chief Operating Officer for Public Services Michelle Hamiel had this to say about Kelsey’s participation in the project: “Librarians in the state of Maryland who are fortunate enough to be trained by Kelsey and apply what they learn, will be among the best Teen Services Librarians. Kelsey is creative and innovative. Her ideas have changed the way teens experience the library.”

 In 2020-2021, the third and final year of the project, a face-to-face summit featuring all project participants will take place in November 2020 in Reno, NV. At the summit, participants will discuss project successes and challenges and share resources that will help with the development of a resource database focused on connected learning and computational thinking activities that will be shared as a free tool to the library community.

About Prince George’s County Memorial Library System
The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS), consisting of 19 branches, offers strategies for lifelong learning. Skills development library resources include: Brainfuse’s HelpNow and JobNow, ArtistWorks for Libraries and LearningExpress Library. Early literacy resources are: Ready 2 Read Centers, Ready 2 Read Backpacks, ABCmouse, AWE Early Literacy Stations, Beanstack, Playaway Launchpads and PebbleGo. All these services are free with your PGCMLS library card. Also, enjoy Minecraft, 3D printing, DREAM (Digital Resources for Electronic Applications in Media) lab, chess clubs, Teen Action Group (TAG) and Teen Advisory Board (TAB) free at your library. Engage with us on social media: Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Instagram and YouTube. Check out our mobile apps! Learn more about what your Library has to offer at

The mission of the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is to support library staff in alleviating the challenges teens face, and in putting all teens ‒ especially those with the greatest needs ‒ on the path to successful and fulfilling lives. For more information about YALSA or to access national guidelines and other resources go to, or contact the YALSA office by phone, 800-545-2433, ext. 4390; or e-mail:

COSLA is an independent organization of the chief officers of state and territorial agencies designated as the state library administrative agency and responsible for statewide library development. Its purpose is to provide leadership on issues of common concern and national interest; to further state library agency relationships with federal government and national organizations; and to initiate cooperative action for the improvement of library services to the people of the United States.

About IMLS
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.