Introducing the 2018-2019 iYouth Officers!

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:

grad-hero-copy.jpgGabi 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.jpgCherise 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.

img_0491.jpgMandi 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.

img_8934.jpgKelsey 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.

img_2930-copy.jpgClare 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.



Sterland HeadshotJordan 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.

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Tune in for iYouth Officer Mandi Harris’s Sensory Story Time Webinar 10/3/17

At A Glance: Join Youth Services Specialist and iYouth Online Representative Mandi Harris for a free Washington State Library’s First Tuesdays webinar Sensory Story Time: Programming for Children with Autism, Sensory Processing Disorder and Other Special NeedsTuesday, October 3, 2017, at 9:00 AM PACIFIC. 



While libraries strive to be welcoming places for all, children with special needs may not always thrive in traditional story times where crowds, bright lights, and sudden noises can overstimulate and overwhelm. Parents of children with special needs can often feel conspicuous and unwelcome in a library setting.

Idaho’s Community Library Network welcomed these families by establishing a story time structured around special needs. The program became so successful that a second session of it was necessary and the library saw an increase in library use by patrons with special needs, adults and children alike.

In this webinar led by Youth Services Specialist (and iYouth Online Representative!) Mandi Harris who launched the Community Library Network‘s Sensory Story Time, participants will:

  • Learn how aspects of sensory story times, such as yoga and sensory reading, can be integrated into traditional programs in order to better serve all children. Learn ways all libraries can serve children with special needs, even if they do not have the resources to create a dedicated program.
  • Gain exposure to sensory tools such as visual schedules, light blockers, weighted stuffed animals, therapy bands, sensory balance beams, sensory roller coasters, and yuck-e-balls. Learn how to DIY sensory tools such as weighted blankets and therapy fidgets using everyday supplies.
  • Discuss aspects of sensory processing disorder; what proprioceptive input is; and the differences between over and under stimulation in sensory processing disorder and how those manifest in different behaviors.

Join Mandi this Tuesday, October 3, 2017 @9:00 am PACIFIC at There is no cost to participate and the webinar will be recorded if you can’t join her live.

Introducing your iYouth ’17/’18 Leaders

Brand new cherry blossoms (@uwcherryblossom), brand new sunshine, brand new iYouth Leaders!

We simply cannot wait to begin scheming up programming and services for this spring and next school year with our new team.


Elizabeth MyersElizabeth Myers, co-chair, is a first year residential MLIS student interested in youth librarianship, diversity in children’s literature, and information access.  Her favorite books from childhood include Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney and A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. She is currently reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson.


Ellie Newell

Ellie Newell, co-chairis a first year residential MLIS student from Helena, Montana. She dreams about a career in Montana public libraries and finding the perfect sun-drenched window seat for her kitty, Gimli. Her favorite YA books are Harry Potter (of course!) and Nix’s Abhorsen series. For younger readers, she loves Wells’s Bunny Planet trio, McCloskey’s One Morning in Maine, Gaiman’s Graveyard Book, and Wrede’s Enchanted Forest Chronicles.

Alyson SharpAlyson Sharp, secretary, is a first year in the online MLIS program. Professionally, she is interested in archives and educational outreach for youth. She would love to meld the two interests together and develop an educational outreach program to expose youth to archives, developing and promoting archives’ value to young people. She absolutely loves to read (and even sneaks it in while blow drying her hair!) and YA is one of her favorite genres. Alyson is currently reading Heilig’s The Girl From Everywhere and Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles is one of her most loved series.

Jess ThuerrauchJess Thuerrauch, treasurer, is a first year residential MLIS student interested in working in public libraries upon graduation. Ideally she would like to work for Enoch Pratt Free Libraries in her home town of Baltimore – she loved visiting her local branch as a kid! Jess’s main interests are children and young adult services, as well as community outreach. Some of her favorite children’s/young adult books are Terry Pratchett’s Tiffany Aching Series and Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai. Elizabeth recently introduced her to the Lumberjanes series (from Boom! Box), which she is really enjoying!

Mandi Harris, onMandi Harrisline representative, is a first year online MLIS student. For the past four years, she has worked as a Youth Services Specialist for a public library where she leads programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers; programs for children with special needs; STEM story time; naturebrary story time; and French story time. She also works with tweens and teens in STEM groups, book clubs, 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 Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, and she tries to bring Anne Shirley’s joy and whimsy to the library each day.

Maya's AnnaMarija (Maya) Radovanovic, publicity officer, is a first year residential MLIS student. A Yugoslavian native and former refugee, she has been living in the US for the last 18 years—first in Illinois and now in Seattle, Washington. Maya is a former educator with six years of teaching experience. She is planning on using her degree to further promote literacy and guide children and adults into creating lifelong connections with literature. Her favorite childhood book in Serbo-Croatian is Svaki Dan Po Jedna Priča o Životinjama (Animals and Their Adventures- Tell Me a Story) written by Anne-Marie Dalmais and translated to Serbo-Croatian by Svetlana Đurić. Her favorite childhood book series in English is His Dark Materials Trilogy by Philip Pullman. (Pictured is Maya’s pup Anna)

Kayla O'ConnorKayla O’Connor, event coordinator, relocated from Indiana to Seattle last September to begin the Residential MLIS program. After graduation she hopes to work in the children’s services department of a public library, preferably in a big city somewhere but she’ll go wherever they’ll have her! Kayla’s favorite children’s book probably comes down to a tie between Burnett’s The Secret Garden and Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.