Author: Sheri Boggs

Let’s Hear It For #WeNeedDiverseBooks

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on February 18, 2015 at 6:00 am

Group of elementary school pupils in class By Sheri Boggs Just after 6am on the morning of February 2nd, I settled on the couch with my laptop, a fresh cup of coffee, and an uncontrollable mane of bedhead. While my bleary eyes slowly focused on the live webcast of the Youth Media Awards being held right that moment in Chicago, I opened […]

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Behind the Scenes at the Youth Media Awards

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on February 5, 2015 at 6:00 am

Feature_YMAs_bookstack By Sheri Boggs Mondays are not normally my thing. But there’s one Monday that occurs around this time every year that I anticipate with the kind of nerdy fervor that other people reserve for, say, the World Series. I’m talking about the Youth Media Awards (or YMAs, as we librarians like to call them), during […]

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Library Hack: What’s a Teen To Do?

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Parents and Teachers, Teens on January 14, 2015 at 6:00 am

Close Up Of Student Lockers In High School By Sheri Boggs A moment for embarrassing self-disclosure: it’s been a long time since I was a teen. A really super long time. The Spokane Valley Library was my branch, and although I loved books and spent a lot of time there, I couldn’t wait to grow up and move away. Which is pretty much […]

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Christmas Movies That Won’t Make You Puke

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on December 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Movies at home By Sheri Boggs At the risk of outing myself as a terrible person, I must admit that Christmas is not my favorite time of year. Maybe it’s leftover dread from years of being in retail, maybe it’s because I’m super selfish and never got around to having kids (because I hear the holidays are a […]

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Gifts For the Young (and young at heart)

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on December 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_KidsBookGifts By Sheri Boggs Buying books for young people is as stressful as it is fun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my heart crushed by my nephew’s bemused face the year I bought him the boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve watched kids turn over books and then flip them open […]

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Literary Lessons

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on October 30, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_LiteraryLessons By Sheri Boggs I’m a little bit addicted to books about writing. And workshops about writing. And conferences and tote bags and online courses and story dice. My office is spilling over with titles like The Nighttime Novelist and The Making of a Story. I can’t move in there without stumbling over gobs of pages of […]

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Picking Up the Park  

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You on October 14, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_DPCleanUp_TrashBags By Sheri Boggs Library work can lead you to some interesting places. Sometimes you’re speaking to 300 middle schoolers. Sometimes you’re showing seniors how to attach images to their email. And sometimes you’re bagging pine needles and abandoned tighty whities in the woods. Earlier this fall I joined fellow SCLD staffers Amber Williams, Kris […]

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Working the (Common) Core

Posted in For You, kids, Parents and Teachers on October 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Основные RGB By Sheri Boggs In late August, I was privileged to join three fellow SCLD youth librarians at a day’s worth of Common Core training sponsored by the Central Valley School District and the Washington State Library. Usually trainings are one of those workplace obligations that everyone has to do but nobody really likes. But the […]

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From Bullies to Besties: Navigating the Social Landscape of School

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, kids, Parents and Teachers, Teens on September 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

From Bullies to Besties: Navigating the Social Landscape of School By Sheri Boggs I was not popular. Pale, uncoordinated, sensitive and bookish, I was the kind of kid who hung around the margins, who waited for other kids to talk to me, and who tried not to care if I wasn’t invited to a party. I’m not exaggerating when I say that books saved me—through […]

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Stunt Memoir: Hammock Edition

Posted in Explore and Discover, For You, Prime Time on August 19, 2014 at 6:00 am

Hammockfest 2014 | Spokane County Library District By Sheri Boggs Some people cook every recipe in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking and then blog about it. Others write whole books about reading the entire Encyclopaedia Britannica in their quest to “become the smartest person in the world.” Me, I just wanted to lay around in a hammock. So I […]

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