Resource: Children and Youth Services Best Practices

www-thankyoumsg-comGreetings from the end of October!  Today I wanted to share with you a new effort being put forth by the International Federation of Library Association’s (IFLA) Section on Libraries for Children and Young Adults.  Whew!  That’s a mouthful.  In August, this organization started a YouTube channel for short videos about “Best Practices” in Children and Youth services around the world.  They are hoping this channel acts as a “recipe book” for librarians.  You can see what other libraries are doing, and what works, in various places around the world.  There are only 12 videos so far, but I have found all of them to be at least mildly interesting.  My favorite is a video from a library in Finland, describing all the different types of programming they can do related to their garden, located on the library premises.  If you’re already working in a library, this could be a great resource for you if you’re feeling stuck when brainstorming new programs.  Or maybe you’re already working at a library and you have a fantastic program that you want to share with the rest of the world.  OR maybe you are not yet working in a library and just need to be inspired.  Either way, it is worth a look.

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More info about the initiative can be found at:

What are some of your favorite children’s programming in libraries?

What to Expect When You’re Attending Our Open Meeting


Happy Friday, all!

Yesterday, we announced an iYouth online open meeting (see image above or post below for details). Today, I’ll be telling you a little more about what we’re hoping we can all get out of it. We want to make sure the programs we’re planning are things you’re interested in, so here’s a sneak peek at a few of the agenda items:

  • November Happy Hour
    We’d like to get together with a working children’s librarian in an informal environment and ask them questions about what they do on a regular basis.
  • Story Time Volunteer Program
    A few of you might have seen information about this on Facebook, but we want to see if anyone else is interested. We’re looking at working with a Seattle daycare to provide regular story times, and we need to know if you’d be interested in participating. This would even be complete with *some* training and resources!
  • December Study Break- Minecraft 101
    In early December, we want to have some fun and take a break from wanting to stab our eyes out over final projects (‘cause that time is coming…and it gets dark). Most of us also don’t know a whole lot about Minecraft, but since that’s what the kids are playing these days (for now), we figure we probably should! (…BTW, I feel so old typing that sentence…)

Keep these things in the back of your mind over the next few days, and bring us your thoughts at the meeting! Again, we want to pull together activities that you’ll enjoy because we want to hang out with you!…And we want to make sure we’re spending time planning things you’ll want to do. Basically, we’re being a little selfish and trying to build community at the same time… See you at the meeting!

PS- Zoom (the website we’re using for the open meeting) takes a minute or two to set up and does require you to download it to your computer. If you have any questions or concerns about set up, let us know!

Fall Open Meeting!


Hi friendly friends!  I hope everyone is enjoying their fall quarter.  On October 25th, iYouth is hosting its first open meeting of the year ONLINE and we hope all of you can attend.  We want to hear from you about what you want to see from iYouth, and we want to tell you about the great things we already have planned.

Date: October 25th
Time: 7PM – 8PM PST
Join us!

We look forward to chatting with you!

YA Fiction for the Fall!

Classes have started again and between homework and reading for courses, it can be easy to let your summer reading addiction fall by the wayside.

To help tempt you back to the land of reading for fun, we’ve compiled a short list of YA titles that are available from UW Libraries or Seattle Public Library. Most of these titles also have e-book versions available so during your busy quarter you can just download these straight to your device!

Don’t have a local library card yet? It’s very easy – start your application online here then pick it up at any Seattle library branch. Bring valid, current ID (like your driver’s license) and proof of address and you’ll be all set.

Take a peek at our list below and let us know your favorites in the comments!


Last Seen Leaving
by Caleb Roehrig
When his girlfriend, January, goes missing, all eyes are on him for answers. However, Flynn has a secret of his own. As he delves deeper and deeper into January’s disappearance, he must take a chance and reveal the truth.  (Cover courtesy of Goodreads)


by Garth Nix
In the latest installment of this series, Sabriel and King Touchstone leave Lirael in charge as they take a vacation. Unbeknownst to them, an evil force is amassing a secret army. Can Lirael defeat Chlorr of the Mask before it’s too late? (Cover courtesy of Goodreads)


the-vast-fields-of-ordinaryThe Vast Fields of Ordinary
by Nick Burd
Dade’s last summer at home is spent watching his parents’ marriage fall apart and working a low wage job in the middle of boring suburbia. College is the one bright spot in his future until he meets handsome, intriguing Alex. With an exciting cast of characters, the complex relationships and ties between friends drive this story as Dade’s summer comes to an end. (Cover courtesy of Goodreads)

when-the-moon-was-oursWhen the Moon was Ours
by Anna-Marie McLemore
Sam and Miel have been best friends for years and though they’re considered strange, even they stay far away from the four Bonner sisters. However, the Bonners are suddenly very interested in Miel and will stop at nothing to get what they want.  Set in a small town, McLemore weaves a fantastical, magic love story with a dark side. (Cover courtesy of Goodreads)

the-lie-treeThe Lie Tree
by Frances Hardinge
On an island in Victorian England, Faith is desperate to uncover who murdered her father. In her father’s things, she finds a tree that bears fruit from lies but gives visions of truth. Using this tree, Faith spreads judicious lies around the small town in an effort to discover what really happened to her father. (Cover courtesy of Goodreads)










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iYouth Tips for 1st Years


You have officially survived your first week at the Information School. In order to commemorate this great achievement, we wanted to give a couple nuggets of advice. Advice that we wish we listened to when we started this program a whole year ago.


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Here are some FAQs that we hear from new students:

Q: Where are some good places to study?

A: HUB by the fireplace. In front of an Odegaard Mac but with headphones. Cafe Solstice with a nice Mocha. Paccar by the fireplace. Sunny day on a bench by the fountain or the quad. Suzzalo library reading room. No matter your study style, there is a place for you on campus.

Q: Lit Review????? Am I going to survive?

A: You will survive. This assignment will be the most stress you will encounter your first year. Take it one step at a time and remember that it’s just a literature review. Also, professors do not grade as harshly as you think. Trust us. We got through it and you will too.

Q: I’m going to fail! Everyone around me is smarter or more experienced than me! 

A: You have some serious impostor syndrome. Good news! It’s curable. The secret is to know that your opinions matter and you have been chosen to join this program because of who you are. Sure, you may not have those 10 years of experience doing storytimes or 12 years experience as a manager. You are unique and you bring a unique perspective to the field. The most enjoyable part about our classes is when we learn from each other. People already in the field have some expertise but discussions always need someone with a vision and a fresh pair of eyes. Worried about experience? That’s what directed fieldwork and part-time professional development jobs are for.

Q: An event? How am I going to have time to go to this?

A: Just like everyone said above, make time to recuperate yourself. Take study breaks and let yourself binge-watch a bit of Netflix. You deserve it! As for events, what better way to wind down than to join a whole group of information school students who are complaining about the same thing. The best part is that we all know what each other is going through.

Q: Capstone? Do you need to start now????!

A: Absolutely not! Sure, a project that you work on your first year may turn into a capstone project. Or a connection that you made during an internship has the potential to turn into a capstone project. The key point here is that what you do your first year has potential. And the only way to see if there is potential is to live in the moment, explore your interests, and have fun while doing it. Honestly, the majority of us 2nd years do not have a project in mind. Basically, have the thought on the back burner but don’t let it boil over until your second year starts.


Us at iYouth hope you enjoy your first year as much as we did. We hope to see you at our events! A complete list of events will be published soon.

Now let’s tackle our 2nd week! We got this.


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