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Hello I am Shawna Dykes, the librarian at Spring Shadows Elementary. This is my first year as a librarian and I am so excited to get started.

I got my undergraduate degree from Austin College (Go Roos!) in Biology and Psychology. After a brief stint in a lab, I decided it was not for me and taught outdoor education for a couple years, including a year at the Houston Zoo. I loved working with kids, being outdoors and sharing my knowledge. I decided to become a classroom teacher in HISD. I got my master's of education from University of St. Thomas here in Houston. I taught third grade self contained, a 2/3 split and science (preK- 5). After 5 years, I took a break to start a family. When my youngest daughter started kindergarten I knew I wanted to return to the work place but was ready for a change. So I enrolled at UNT to get my master's of library science. I graduated in May and am ready to start this new adventure. 

As you may have guessed, as a librarian, I have a strong interest in books and reading. My favorite book is....well I cant pick one. There are so many different types of books so here are my favorites in a few catagories. Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafron is my favorite adult book probably. Its a mystery and a story within a story that features a Cemmetery of Forgotten books where the place is as much a character as the people populating it. It hits all the notes for me. Young Adult I would choose Long Way Down by the AMAZING Jason Reynolds. If you haven't read anything by him, do yourself a favor and pick up this book. Or listen to him speak here. He is currently the Library of Congress' National Abassador for Young People's Literature. For youth fiction I cant even choose! Below are a few great ones I enjoyed. You can click on the book to read them in Sora (use your account to log in).

"The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl" (ebook) cover "The Westing Game" (ebook) cover "The Bad Guys" (ebook) cover "Wayside Stories Collection" (audiobook) cover "Alma and How She Got Her Name" (ebook) cover   "Dragons Love Tacos" (ebook) cover


Outside the library, I enjoy hiking and camping. I love traveling and learning new things.

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