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Peggy Hogan-Rao

Hi, I'm Peggy! I'm fairly new to the Boston area, and so far I love it here. I started the Simmons LIS program in fall 2018, and moved to Boston a few weeks before classes started. Originally from the mountains of upstate NY, coming to Boston is a big change for me - getting used to the city life in Boston. I completed my undergrad degree in Media & Communication and English Writing at St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, a few hours west of my hometown in Eastern New York. My dream job for after I finish the Simmons MLIS degree is to be a certified school library media specialist in a city school district, and also a bestselling children's author. You can find me most weekends exploring a new church or a cool independent bookshop in the Boston area. My hobbies include collecting more books than I can read, cuddling with cute dogs, visiting beautiful beaches, traveling the world, and volunteering in the community.


Entries by Peggy Hogan-Rao

  • Book Bound in Boston
    Perks of living in Boston and being a library school student: meeting famous children's/YA authors. Just a couple weeks ago, my Writing for Children professor ended class early so a couple students can go meet Rainbow Rowell at Brookline Booksmith....
  • Connections and Libraries
    With a big paper due this week, I knew I was going to need a few study breaks. On Tuesday night, I went back to Loretta's for a good workout of fast-paced line dancing. Wednesday was a busy day for...
  • Lots of Reading
    I was very busy this past weekend getting readings done, and my first written assignment for my YA Library Collections class was due on Wednesday. The assignment was to read a Young Adult book. Figuring out what is Young...
  • Moving on to Fall
    This week was fairly uneventful, as all I did was read teen books and sneeze a lot. I really enjoy this program in SLIS! All my assigned readings are really fun, and I never thought homework in grad school...
  • A Break for Some Fun!
    This week, I tried to have some fun. I was assigned three books to read this week for my YA Library Collections class I spent most of my week studying and reading! The books are: Judy Blume's Forever; Seventeenth...
  • Tidbits of the Week/end
    This has been quite the busy week! I started off my week with grocery shopping, and will finish the week with my LIS-483 "Library Collections and Materials for Young Adults" class. Grocery shopping may seem a very mundane chore, but...
  • Getting Ready For Fall 2019
    Wow! It is hard to believe there is only one more week until classes start! It'll be nice to get back into study mode after having a month break. The last few things I need to do before classes start...
  • Summer Life
    It's hard to believe that July is almost over! I've kept busy this summer with studying, even though I am not taking any summer classes. I took the reading MTEL Communication & Literacy Skills subtest in June, and I have...
  • Reading and Volunteering
    It has been about two weeks since classes ended for the semester, and I celebrated with friends last Thursday in a bit of an unusual way: by giving out food to the homeless. Back Bay Mobile Soup Kitchen is a...
  • I Can't Believe How Many Books I've Read!
    Reflecting on the end of the semester, I keep thinking 'I can't believe how many books I have read!' I created my goodreads.com account in December or November, after hearing about a local high school librarian who used it to...
  • Meeting Connections and Chatting with Friends
    It's early April, and you want to hang out with fellow book lovers. The obvious thing is to go to MSLA (Massachusetts School Library Association) on a rainy Sunday. MSLA is a chance for classmates you see in your...
  • Student Leadership
    It's finally Friday! This week was a busy one, starting off on Sunday using Google Docs to be a part of a LISSA (Library and Information Science Student Association) officers meeting. Tuesday was a student leaders meeting, for all...