Goodbye for now. Hello summer reading!

Photo from the Collaborative Summer Library Program

It’s the end of another quarter here at the good ‘ol UW iSchool, and we at iYouth couldn’t be more excited. Don’t get us wrong! We loved our classes, and we created some amazing things in them. However, there’s just something about this break that’s calling our names. We were so ready for a couple months without class and with reading…with lots and lots of reading! Whether it’s a summer of reading or a summer or learning, we’re really just all about the summer part, and the Seattle area has a plethora of kids programs to get excited about! Each library system around us has a little something to offer:

*King County Library System
*Kitsap Regional Library
*Pierce County Library System
*Seattle Public Library
*Sno-Isle Libraries

If you need a book or two to get you started, ALSC is ready and willing with recommendations. That is, of course, if April’s recent post about LGBTQ YA books hasn’t already filled your GoodReads list! #somanybookssolittletime

And now it’s time for us to leave you to it! Get out there and enjoy your summer. That’s where we’ll be. Which is to say, we won’t actually be posting here, but we will be gathering plenty of stories to share with you next year. See you in September!

(P.S. Before we’re done, we just wanted to make a quick shout out to all the graduating iSchoolers out there, especially the iYouth officers. You have been an inspiration, and we’re so excited for you! Congratulations!)

LGBTQ YA Books to Look Out for This Year

Hello! My name is April, and I’m a residential MLIS student. I am iYouth’s secretary. I am primarily interested in teen/young adult services, and I am particularly interested in serving LGBTQ teens. So I am going to share some of my most anticipated upcoming YA releases that feature LGBTQ characters!

When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore



When the Moon Was Ours follows two characters through a story that has multicultural elements and magical realism, but also has central LGBT themes—a transgender boy, the best friend he’s falling in love with, and both of them deciding how they want to define themselves.”
Release date: October 4, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: The Summer We Got Free by Mia McKenzie




Our Own Private Universe
by Robin Talley



“In Our Own Private Universe, fifteen-year-old Aki Hunter knows she’s bisexual, but up until now she’s only dated guys—and her best friend, Lori, is the only person she’s out to. When she and Lori set off on a four-week youth-group mission trip in a small Mexican town, it never crosses Aki’s mind that there might be anyone in the group she’d be interested in dating. But that all goes out the window when Aki meets Christa.”
Release date: January 31, 2017
What to read while you’re waiting: Everything Leads to You by Nina LaCour



Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst


“Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden. Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine, sister of her betrothed.”
Release date: November 22, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: Huntress by Malinda Lo


True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan



“If you asked anyone in his small Vermont town, they’d tell you the facts: James Liddell, star athlete, decent student and sort-of boyfriend to cute, peppy Theresa, is a happy, funny, carefree guy. But whenever James sits down at his desk to write, he tells a different story. As he fills his drawers with letters to the people in his world–letters he never intends to send–he spills the truth: he’s trying hard, but he just isn’t into Theresa. It’s a boy who lingers in his thoughts.”
Release date: June 7, 2016
What to read while you’re waiting: Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli


If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo




“Amanda Hardy is the new girl in school in Lambertville, Tennessee. Like any other girl, all she wants is to make friends and fit in. But Amanda is keeping a secret. There’s a reason why she transferred schools for her senior year, and why she’s determined not to get too close to anyone.”
This one’s out now!



Images and blurbs are from Goodreads.


Fun and Fantastic Kid’s Library Programs in Seattle

Hi, my name is Alexa and I am a residential Master of Library and Information Science student and the new Treasurer of iYouth!


I was a preschool teacher before I started graduate school, so I am interested in programming for young children in libraries – who doesn’t love a good magic show or read-aloud? I have a particular affection for the weird, wonderful programs that give children a glimpse into topics they might otherwise not have been aware of.


Personally, I have great memories of library programming. One that comes to mind is a children’s concert by (what is still my favorite children’s band) Kit and Kaboodle. We went to this concert as a summer activity through the daycare my mom worked at, and my little five year old mind was blown. The library put on my first concert, and I still have the CD.


I’m going to highlight some of the most interesting programming available for children in the Seattle area this summer.  All are free, and all are fantastic opportunities for the children of Seattle.


June 4th, 2016: Drag Queen Story time at Greenwood Library.


story time




Join Sparkle Leigh for inclusive stories to kick off the PhinneyWood Pride Rainbow Hop. This is a great, inclusive event for all ages!  


More info at:


Weekly/Monthly at High Point Public Library: Tinkerlab (Drop-In), Tinkerlab Commons



This STEM-based program introduces concepts through play and experimentation. The drop-in Tinkerlab allows for self-directed learning, while the monthly Tinkerlab Commons brings in staff and inventor kits to build incredible things! This is a great way to bring creativity and fun to the library.


More info at:


Sunday, July 31st: Free Ballard Movies: Goonies



Who doesn’t love Goonies?  Free at Ballard library, you don’t even have to buy the popcorn!

More info at:


Let us know whether you’re planning to participate in any of these activities, or if you have any great memories of library programs.


All pictures are from Seattle Public Library’s website.


Bilingual Picture Books!

Happy Cinco de Mayo all! My name is Meredith- I’m a first year residential student in the MLIS program, and am the new publicity officer for iYouth! I am interested in youth librarianship on an international level as well as on a domestic community level.

Not only was Cinco de Mayo yesterday, but April 30th was the culmination of Dia de los ninos which emphasizes the importance of literacy for all children from all backgrounds. A great way to accomplish this is to stock your library (or your house) with bilingual picture books.  This will introduce new languages and cultures to children at early ages, bilingual picture books a great for children from bilingual families, and for kids and adults alike learning new languages.

Below are a few Spanish/English bilingual picture books that you can explore!


suenosSweet Dreams/Dulce Suenosby Pat Mora, illustrated by Maribel Suarez

A great little book about every kid’s favorite time, bed time.





ratonPintura de raton/Mouse Paint-by Ellen Stoll Walsh

A bilingual board book about a cute, mischievous mouse

learning about colors.





Un gato y un perro/A cat and a dog- by Claire Masurel, illustrated by Bob Kolar, translated by Antreasyan

An easy reader about a cat and a dog who just can’t seem to get along.

#SEABookstoreDay for the Win!

SEAIBDI am a sucker for any reason to celebrate. National Burger Day? Done. National Pet Day? Too easy. I have my phone out and my hashtags ready. However, the game changes a little when it involves books and bookstores, and I am amped for #SEABookstoreDay. Saturday, April 30, 17 independent bookstores from across the greater Seattle area are coming together to celebrate Independent Bookstore Day 2016. If you make it to three locations, you’re entered into a drawing for prizes, but the real prize happens if you make it to all 17. (Side note: There are 21 physical locations, but you only have to go to one of each company. If a company has more than one location, like University Book Store, one location counts for all three.) When you make it to 17 stores and turn in your passport, you qualify for 25% off your purchases at ALL stores ALL year. As a book junkie, I’m so there! As a student who occasionally purchases school books from the University Book Store, my jaw just dropped!

All this just goes to say, I’ve got my #SEABookstoreDay route all lined up, and I’m taking you for the ride. Check this blog for occasional photo updates throughout the day, and if you’re joining in, mention us along the way with a #uwiyouth shoutout.