Bobbi deMontigny – iyouth Online representative

Bobbi deMontigny - iyouth Online representative


My name is Bobbi deMontigny and I would like to welcome you to the iyouth blog and introduce myself. I live, play and work in Helena Montana with my two awesomesauce daughters, ages eight and nine and the ultimate nerdcore husband.  During the summer you just about have to use a crow bar to pry me away from my kayak, but now that the cold Montana wind is starting to blow, I am content with school work, fuzzy socks, and a warm beverage.

At work you will find me behind the information desk at the Lewis and Clark library. I have a fun job that not only allows me to interact with members of my community, but also gives me the opportunity to create library displays, run a book group for teens and even offer training and workshops for educators in Helena Montana by request. I get to read to children in the capital during the week of the young child and dress up as a 5’9 sparkly fairy to read fierce stories about reluctant dragons and school going gingerbread men during the local fairy festival. In March I accepted the role of co-chair for the Children and Young Adult Advocacy Group for the Montana Library Association. So far it has been great and we are getting the voices of youth services librarians and teacher librarians heard throughout the state.

Between these activities and beginning my second year at UW’s ischool I never find myself lacking for something to do! Thanks for stopping by.

The Importance of Being Earnest…about working while in school

Have you checked out the blog Hack Library School? If not, you should. It’s full of great insider tips and tricks on how to make the most of your time in school.

Take for instance this nugget about working in a library while in library school. Take heed: experience can set you apart in a competitive field.

A War on Library Storytimes? Can It Be?

“…it’s possible that a librarian or volunteer reading books to children at a public library without paying royalties would be a violation of copyright, unless the work were in the public domain. To be free from possible litigation, libraries would have to confine themselves to reading Alice in Wonderland and the Oz stories.” –The Annoyed Librarian, March 26, 2012.

Read the following stories then share your comments. We want to hear from you! Should library storytimes be considered public performances and thus be subject to royalty fees?