Tompkins HS participates in the Books Abroad Drive!

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Tompkins High School will be participating in the Books Abroad Drive from November 1 – December 3. Books Abroad is a drive to collect books, clothing and toys for the children of Nigeria. This drive is a community partnership co-sponsored by Katy ISD and the Amobi Okoye Foundation.

Henry Dibrell, an officer on the Katy ISD Board of Trustrees, will be presenting information about the importance of this drive and the impact it will have on those living in Nigeria. Please mark your calendars to attend one of the meetings on TUESDAY, October 29th at 7:00am or 2:45pm in the LGI.

Beginning, Friday, November 1st, students and staff can drop off their books, education games/activities, toys, and lightweight summer clothing for children to the library.

Click HERE for the official Books Abroad flyer.

I’m reading ALLEGIANT this weekend!!

Yes, I know Allegiant officially came out on Tuesday, but I haven’t had a chance to sit down and read it. Don’t worry though, that will all change beginning TONIGHT!!

In case you have been living under a rock and have no idea what I’m talking about, Allegiant is the 3rd book in the Divergent trilogy. The books were written by debut author Veronica Roth.

Click HERE for a brief description of the first two books in this trilogy (Divergent & Insurgent).

allegiantAllegiant by Veronica Roth

The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered–fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready.

Copyright © 2013 Follett Library Resources, Inc.




The first book in this trilogy is currently being made into a movie. Divergent will be in the theaters on MARCH 21, 2014!

The Falcon Library currently has 2 copies of Allegiant (more are on the way!). Put your name on the Wait List today!

Rick Riordan wows the audience at MRHS!

Rick Riordan, author of the Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Kane Chronicles, Heroes of Olympus series (and more!), spoke to a crowd of 800+ at Morton Ranch High School tonight. If I said he was incredible, it would be an understatement. Not only is he an incredible author, but he is an equally talented storyteller. He had the crowd laughing for an hour over his silly pictures, funny stories, and comedic presentation.

Local bookstore, Blue Willow Bookshop, hosted the sold out event. My daughter and I were fortunate to be able to volunteer during the event. We packed autographed books into boxes and helped organize them into different sections. We also checked tickets at the door. So much fun!



They even gave away “Camp Halfblood” and “Camp Jupiter” shirts!


800 people lined up outside the PAC center at MRHS waiting to hear Rick Riordan speak.


My friend, and Beckendorff librarian, Kim Warwick and I working hard at the event.



 Rick Riordan, my daughter, and me!



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Seek the Unknown in your Library!

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The Tompkins Library is celebrating Teen Read Week during the week of October 13-19.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users. (source:

Stop by and check out our displays of YALSA’s Top 10 Books for Teens from the last several years. Then post a title of your favorite book on our recommendation wall!

Just pack up your TV and READ!

Weekend Reading

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Here’s a look at what we (and the OTHS Faculty Book Club) are reading this weekend!

steelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

Ten years ago, Calamity came. It was a burst in the sky that gave ordinary men and women extraordinary powers. The awed public started calling them Epics.

But Epics are no friend of man. With incredible gifts came the desire to rule. And to rule man you must crush his wills.

Nobody fights the Epics . . . nobody but the Reckoners. A shadowy group of ordinary humans, they spend their lives studying Epics, finding their weaknesses, and then assassinating them.

And David wants in. He wants Steelheart—the Epic who is said to be invincible. The Epic who killed David’s father. For years, like the Reckoners, David’s been studying, and planning—and he has something they need. Not an object, but an experience.

He’s seen Steelheart bleed. And he wants revenge.

Copyright © 2013 Follett Library Resources, Inc.


For a sneak peek, check out the book trailer!

What are you reading this weekend? Post it to the blog!

Here’s “how to” recycle old books.

Have you ever wondered what to do with those old books that are worn and beginning to fall apart? Well, we have an idea for you! The library staff has been creating fall decor for the library using these old books. Again, and I stress, use ONLY books that are ready for disposal. 🙂

One of the decorations we made were book pumpkins. Even if you are NOT crafty, you can do this. I mean, if I can do it, you can, too! 🙂

Here’s how:

1. Choose your book wisely. Thick books are best for plump pumpkins.


2. Separate the cover from the pages.


3. Draw the shape of your pumpkin on the top page of the pages. Remember that the shape should only be one half of the intended shape.


4. Using scissors (or an exacto knife), cut on the shape a few pages at a time. Do NOT tear apart the spine. This will hold your finished product together.



5. Glue the sides of the spine together and fan out the pages.



6. Add sticks (for stems), ribbon, or paint to your pumpkins for added flair!