On behalf of the iYouth Officers, I would like to give a mighty welcome to the new year of MLIS students. We are looking forward to an exciting year filled with opportunities to learn, share, and grow in our love for youth librarianship and youth-minded things.
Not interested in youth librarianship, but still like kids?! Fear not! We’d love to have you! We want to be inclusive to any and all needs and interests here at iYouth! Maybe you just really like YA lit and want some good recommendations–that’s okay too.
To start off the blog this year, we’d like to take a moment to introduce our team. Mostly it will be me, (Katie Riley) and Melody Leung who will be doing the blogging, but we all wanted to say hi! We look forward to this upcoming year!
I’m a second year residential student. I’m interested in improving library youth services and bringing high quality programming and service to underserved and diverse communities. My interests outside of school include communicating in the language of the birds with the person that lives in my attic, crocheting useless objects, and trekking through imaginationland.
Melody Leung — Publicity Officer
Hello there! I am a 1st year residential student interested in youth services. I love public libraries and performing storytimes for children every chance I get. I hope to learn a lot from all my second year friends and colleagues as I do my best to help iYouth grow. My other academic interests include multicultural resources, entrepreneurial support, and outreach. On my spare time, I enjoy doing wushu (Chinese martial art), watching movies, and cooking.
Alma Lopez — iYouth Event Coordinator
I’m a second year residential student and a student officer of iYouth. I’m interested in public libraries, outreach, and marginalized communities. I would love to learn more about multicultural services for youth and I hope to bring this to iYouth in some capacity. As a Seattle native, I like being picky about coffee and going to the movies, catching up with my long time friends, and doing anything creative.
Katie Riley — iYouth representative
Hello! I am a first year online student but I live in Seattle. As a former 6th grade English teacher, I love working with kids but find myself better suited in a library setting rather than a traditional classroom. I am working toward the school library media endorsement. I love kids books–from farting aliens to swooning zombies–I can’t get enough! When I am not tearing up over a great middle grade read, I am usually playing with my crazy dog Soliloquy (Lily for short), making up silly songs, or writing some awesome snail mail to friends and family. I am excited to be a part of iYouth and to help create, discover, and learn!
Jessica Tonnies — Online Representative
Hello! This is my third and final year as an online MLIS student. I have been an elementary school teacher for the past six years and just started working as a teacher librarian this year. I love children’s and young adult literature. I play guitar, and love to hike, read, watch T.V. and am mildly obsessed with Bollywood movies! I’m very excited to work with iYouth this year and to help bring the online and residential communities together!
Emily Whitacre— iYouth Representative
I’m a second year residential student, and an iYouth representative. I originally came into the iSchool primarily interested in youth services, but have broadened my interests significantly thanks to some of the fantastic classes I’ve taken. I still am passionate about young readers, and hope to use my passion to make iYouth a place for likeminded MLIS students to connect and grow. Outside of my schoolwork I keep myself busy running, cycling, reading, cooking, drinking tea, watching science fiction, and solving Rubik’s cubes.
We look forward to meeting you!