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Author: Sheri Boggs

The Hunt for a Family Tree: 3 Genealogy Tips from a Seasoned Amateur

Posted in Explore and Discover on September 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

I’m an amateur in every sense of the word, learning as I go without any real education and coming back to my tree whenever there’s a spare minute, sometimes after months at a time. Along the way I’ve learned a few genealogy tips and truisms—things I wish I’d known at the beginning and, in some cases, things I wouldn’t have appreciated u […]

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Hard Topics to Talk About with Kids: Get Help with These New Book Bags

Posted in News, Parents and Teachers on July 7, 2021 at 6:00 am

Whether the conversation is about divorce, death, bullying, or some other challenging situation, parents and caregivers can wonder where to even start and how much to say. To help parents and caregivers with these tough conversations, the Early Learning Team at the library has launched “Let’s Talk About” book bags. […]

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The best new picture books each month for delightful, adventurous reads

Posted in Parents and Teachers on March 11, 2021 at 6:00 am

BY SHERI BOGGS If you’re someone who wants to know about the best and newest picture books arriving on library shelves and what our librarians have to say about them, then Picture Book Chat is for you! Picture Book Chat is among our latest online programs. In these videos, Mary Ellen Braks, librarian and our […]

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What to say to & read with kids when the news is scary

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 21, 2021 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs NPR recently re-ran a podcast from last year on what to say to kids when the news is scary. Given how 2020 went, this piece is remarkably even more pertinent now, and the tips offered are still helpful: limit kids’ exposure to the news, give them time to talk about what they’ve […]

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Not too young to talk about race and social justice: Resources and booklists for parents, caregivers, and kids

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on June 12, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs It’s hard to know where to start the conversation about race with young children. After all, these conversations aren’t easy for most adults. With children there is the additional necessity of making sure the conversation is both age-appropriate and reassuring (at a time when the news is anything but). According to the […]

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Finding adventure in your own backyard

Posted in kids, Parents and Teachers on May 15, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs I live on a street with several young families, and during the governor’s Stay Home Stay Healthy order, I’ve really enjoyed walking my dogs along brightly chalked hopscotch games, seeing bubbles floating in the air, and marveling at the intricate fairy garden and pebble river one family made in their parking strip. […]

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Helping kids understand the coronavirus with a picture book by local author

Posted in kids, News, Parents and Teachers on April 6, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs If your kids have had a lot of questions or worries about COVID-19 and you’ve been struggling to find reassuring, age-appropriate resources, look no further. Adam Wallace, a graduate student in public health who is also stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base, launched a Kickstarter for his picture book on the virus […]

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Booklist for kids: Reading for the Earth

Posted in Parents and Teachers on March 4, 2020 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Although Earth Day isn’t until April 22, the blue skies, longer days, chirping birds, and tiny green spears of germinating bulbs are enough to remind us of the everyday beauty of our planet—and the increasingly alarming need for wise stewardship of it. While it can be tricky to talk to kids about […]

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Easy Reader Nonfiction coming soon to the Easy Reader shelves

Posted in Parents and Teachers on January 29, 2019 at 6:00 am

By Sheri Boggs Big changes are afoot in our Easy Reader section! Elephant & Piggie, Daniel Tiger, Amelia Bedelia, Little Bear, Frog and Toad, and Fancy Nancy will soon be making room for true stories about otters, astronauts, WWE stars, and more as we launch our newest collection: Easy Reader Nonfiction. While we’ve always had […]

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Great digital reads for the whole family

Posted in Explore and Discover, kids, Parents and Teachers, Teens on November 6, 2018 at 6:00 am

BY SHERI BOGGS November marks the time of year when families start drawing close together for the holidays and you know what that means—lots and lots of family time! The Library District has got you covered with several themed booklists available on our popular OverDrive digital platform. FOR KIDS We Are Family is a handpicked […]

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