By the Book: Marjorie Briggs, Oquirrh Hills Elementary

Marjorie has been a media clerk at Oquirrh Hills Elementary for 19 years.

What books are currently on your nightstand?

The complete works of Jane Austen, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, LDS scriptures, Miracles and Massacres by Glenn Beck, The Mansion by Henry Van Dyke, The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, and an eBook of The School for Good and Evil by Soman Chainani

What was the last great book you read?


The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

The last book that made you cry?

Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan

The last book that made you laugh?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What kind of reader were you as a child? What childhood books and authors stick with you the most?

So-so. I read the Dick and Jane books and Dr. Seuss books. It was so long ago, I really can’t remember any specific books.

What is the best book you were required to read as a student?

I don’t remember.

What book did you hate reading as a student?

I remember reading Silas Marner by George Eliot in 10th grade. I thought it was boring.

What is your favorite book to recommend to children?


I have recommended,

Wait Till Helen Comes by Mary Downing Hahn

The I Survived series by Lauren Tarshis

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

The Enola Holmes Mystery series by Nancy Springer

If you could only bring three books to a desert island, which would you pack?

LDS scriptures, the collected works of Charles Dickens, and the collected works of Jane Austen

I have loved reading the following though,

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

Little House series by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Diary of Young Girl by Anne Frank

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9 thoughts on “By the Book: Marjorie Briggs, Oquirrh Hills Elementary”

  1. Christine Fotheringham

    19 years a Media Clerk? Wow! That is so amazing. I would love to shadow you someday and glean some Media Center operation insights, you could probably teach a class.

  2. Marjorie you have inspired me to read outside the childrens’ literature box! You are so well read and I am impressed. We also grew up in the same era with Dick and Jane and I didn’t like Silas Marner either!!

  3. I agree with Christine and would love to tap into your wealth of library knowledge and tips and tricks! i love the diversity of books you enjoy and also that you recommend to students. There are a few that I’ve added to my list. Thanks Marjorie for being a great example of an awesome media clerk! We all look up to you!

  4. I have been wanting to read the book “Homeless Bird.” It looks like a good book. I will have to make time to read it.

  5. Marjorie, You are a very well read person. Also I have never heard of the Enola Holms mysteries. Will have to check them out! Thanks of sharing.

  6. Teresa Edmunds

    I am like Sara, The Enola Holmes Mystery series looks interesting. I’ll have to check it out. All things Holmes are really ‘in’ right now.

  7. Johneen Anderson

    Thank you for your input. I borrow many ideas from my great friend Marjorie. She is very knowledgeable and on top of what is fun. She tells me ways to “go the extra mile” by explaining how the book is illustrated and a little extra something to make the story come to life. She is a researcher at school and in life. We have many in depth discussions about books and life. Good advice to tap her wisdom!

  8. Marjorie Briggs

    THANKS to all of you for your kind comments.
    By the way I sure do look unhappy in my picture, I really do smile most of
    the time! ha ha

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