Although we’re heading for the end of spring term, iYouth’s new officers are just getting started! We have all sorts of ideas that we’re excited to implement during 2018-2019 and we’d love to hear your suggestions as well! Without further ado, here is the newest iYouth leadership team:
Gabi Dahlin, co-chair, is a first year residential MLIS student who dreams of being a teen services librarian somewhere in the PNW. Professionally, she is most interested in diversity in children’s and YA literature, gaming in libraries, and community engagement. In her free time she runs a YA blog called Let’s Gab About Books, where she reviews recent YA releases and designs resources for other bloggers. Her favorite YA books are I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson and Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. She is currently reading The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and Aru Shah and the End of Time by Roshani Chokshi.
Cherise Fuselier, secretary, is a first year residential MLIS student. Her interests are teen librarianship, participatory design and design thinking, STREAM programming, and community engagement. She’d like to work as a teen librarian in a public library in the Seattle-area after graduation. She’s an avid reader of graphic novels and YA. Her favorite youth books are the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, The Giver by Lois Lowry, Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier, the Ship Breaker series by Paolo Bacigalupi, Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill, and Lost at Sea by Bryan Lee O’Malley.
Mandi Harris, online representative: For the past five years, Mandi has worked as a Youth Services Specialist for a public library where she leads early learner programs including sensory story time, STEM story time, Naturebrary story time, and French story time. She also works with tweens and teens in STEM groups and writing groups. This is Mandi’s dream job, and she hopes to spend her life as an innovative children’s librarian. Her favorite children’s book is L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and she tries to bring Anne Shirley’s joy and whimsy to the library each day. Her current children’s book favorites are The Pink Umbrella by Amelie Callot; The Wolf, the Duck, and the Mouse by Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen; and After the Fall (How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again) by Dan Santat. It’s not a children’s book, but Mandi is currently obsessed with Circe by Madeline Miller and would like to discuss it with anyone and everyone.
Kelsey Klug, co-chair, is a residential MLIS student who relocated to Seattle from Minnesota and still misses snow and Lake Superior. After working with middle schoolers for a few amazing years, she plans (hopes!) to become a tween/teen services public librarian after grad school, but is keeping her options open location-wise; at present, she works as a Library Technical Associate with the King County Library System and picks her coworkers’ brains about librarianship. Kelsey has devoured books throughout her life: LM Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables and Gail Carson Levine’s Ella Enchanted are two early favorites. She didn’t discover graphic novels until college (Nimona by Noelle Stevenson) or verse novels until grad school (Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai) and skipped over YA as a actual teen, so she is now making up for lost time: The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli and #NotYourPrincess, edited by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale, are her two most-recent favorites.
Clare Morrison, event coordinator, is a first-year residential student from Vashon Island, Washington. She is interested in children’s and youth services librarianship. Some of her favorite children’s books and YA books include Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel, Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney, and Bloomability by Sharon Creech.
Jordan Sterland, treasurer, is a second year residential MLIS student who aspires to help improve children’s literacy resources within public library systems. Though he was a reluctant reader as a kid, his introduction to The Heritage of Shannara series, by Terry Brooks, sparked a lasting love of reading. Over the years that love has spread from young adult fiction to adult genres though he will always have a soft spot for “Go Dog Go.” He is currently reading the young adult fantasy series Ranger’s Apprentice by John Flanagan.