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Teri’s Update – July 2016

Hello BFI Fans! It’s July. In three months, I will no longer be the Executive Director of BFI. How does it feel? GREAT! No, wait! SAD! But sort of exciting. And everything else. Change is good for humans and organizations and while I plan to lurk in the hallways doing interesting things...//more

Teri’s Update – June 2016

Teri’s Next Adventure (A True Story) Let’s cut to the chase: In October I will be stepping down as leader of BFI. (I’m not kidding.)  In 2003, after many years of teaching children in wildly interesting settings (rich kids in Honduras, migrant kids in California, and...//more

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UPDATED June 28, 2016 Despite damage from the March 9 gas explosion, we are still at work! Most recently:  Summer workshops are under way! Programs are filling up fast! Check here to see the list and register! We now meet just a mile south of our old spot at the Phinney...//more

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Gina Grappone

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BFI is powered by a corps of amazing volunteer agents. Here's but one of them, lightly interrogated via the game we like to call "One Agent, Three Questions."

What do you love most about working with BFI?
Sometimes, kids who are trying to write the end of a story say, "I have no idea what to write," so I throw out a couple of silly or boring ideas. They look at me and say, "No, that's not how it goes!" and their pencil hits the paper and doesn't stop moving for half an hour.

What is your earliest memory of reading/writing as a kid?
The first nonfiction story I remember writing was in second grade. It was about a family vacation and was called "Toronto and Canada." I still have it, shiny wallpaper cover and all. In third grade I won a young author's award for "The Glass Slipper Mystery," which I really wish I still had because I don't remember the plot. I wonder if there were any copyright issues.

What are you reading right now? Any recommendations?
"Corduroy" books are currently in heavy rotation with my 3-1/2-year-old niece.

Interested in becoming a BFI volunteer agent? Here's the volunteer application!