#ReadHAPPY with Katie

Hello Everyone!

As one of your regular bloggers (regular as in bi-monthly, certainly not regular as in normal), I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce myself in a little greater detail.

A picture of me, being a lion, in front of the New York Public Library

My name is Katie Riley and I am an iYouth representative.  I am a first year MLIS online student by way of English teacher, by way of reformed literature snob, by way of watching way too much Gilmore girls.  Rory has not only inspired my love of big purses (for holding big books at all times), but also my love of literature and some poorly misguided bang trims. Since my Rory Gilmore days, my interests have expanded to include making up songs about my dog, playing dress-up, using funny voices, hand-lettering, paper crafts, and conducting in-depth research on various ice cream shops.

Here at UW, I hope to gain the skills, knowledge, and practice to become a school librarian.  Working with kids has always been a passion of mine and I look forward to doing it in a library setting.  While working on my M.Ed., my studies focused a great deal on digital literacy, which has become a particular interest in my studies here at UW.   Most importantly, though, I see libraries as a launching point for sharing information and ideas.


What can iYouth do for YOU?

As one of your iYouth bloggers, I see it as my responsibility to help provide a platform where you can find as many tricks, tools, and helpful hints as possible.  I hope that if you’re taking the time to read this (thanks, Mom!) then you’ll take a moment to share your thoughts, experiences, and connections with the iYouth community.  We’d love to hear how you all are connecting with the vast resources available for people who work to help kids engage in learning, information, and discovery.


To get this blog-ball rolling, I want to bring your attention to an exciting bookish promotion.  Check out what the music sensation and children’s book author, Pharrell Williams, is doing to help kids read in Penguin Young Readers’ press release below:

“Penguin Young Readers and Pharrell Williams have partnered with First Book on the #ReadHAPPY campaign, which provides books to children in need. The launch of this campaign coincides with Putnam Books for Young Readers’ October 6 release of Happy!, a photographic picture book based on Williams’ hit song of the same name.  “Every child on this planet deserves to experience the joy of reading,” Williams says. #ReadHAPPY encourages people everywhere to post images and thoughts about how reading makes them happy. And every post using the hashtag #ReadHAPPY shared on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr or Instagram will trigger a donation of one book from Penguin Young Readers to First Book, up to 50,000 books. First Book provides new books to children in need, addressing one of the most important factors addressing literacy – access to books. To date, First Book has distributed more 130 million free and low-cost books in thousands of communities.”

So I encourage you all to share your #ReadHAPPY tweets, posts, and photos to help provide books to those in need.  Here is my #ReadHAPPY post:

Reading makes me happy because I can travel all over the world and stay in my pajamas #ReadHAPPY
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