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.