Weekend Reading


I’ve had so many students (and friends!) recommend this book to me. I’m finally making the time to start reading it!

5th wave The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother–or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

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

Digital Citizenship Week

Next week, March 3-7 is Digital Citizenship Week in Katy ISD. This is a week to promote responsible use in our digital age and to teach students and staff to be responsible and safe in the digital world. During Digital Citizenship Week, OTHS will be providing multiple events and resources to get all Falcons thinking about digital citizenship. One way to show our enthusiasm about Digital Citizenship Week is to participate in dress up days! Join in the fun!

Monday, March 3rd
Create a positive digital footprint – Wear your crazy socks and/or shoes

Tuesday, March 4th
Cyber bullying isn’t a team sport – Wear your favorite college team shirt

Wednesday, March 5th
Giving credit and copyright protection – Dress in identical (copy) outfits with one or more of your friends

Thursday, March 6th
Online Safety – Dress up like a public servant (Fireman, policeman, park ranger, teacher, librarian, etc.)

Friday, March 7th
Responsible Use Spirit – Wear Tompkins’s spirit shirts

think before you post

Other Resources:

Cyber Saftey for Secondary Students (Katy ISD)

What you do online can affect your whole world

Cyberbullying FAQ for teens (National Crime Prevention Council)

image credit: Keystone Area Education Agency

Future Falcon Orientation

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Tompkins HS welcomed hundreds of future falcons and their families last night at the 8th grade orientation. Everyone was in awe of our beautiful library and all that we have to offer in way of activities and resources. One student even asked if he could participate in our March Madness contest! 🙂 It is so great to see students excited about reading!

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Our current Falcons joined in the fun by sharing what they love most about the library. Our chess players wanted to emphasize how much they love coming into the library EVERYday to play chess. 🙂

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Looking forward to a fantastic Freshman class next year!

March Madness Tournament of Books

March Madness is approaching, but why should basketball fans have all the fun? At the Tompkins Library you can help name a Falcon teen book champion. Through a series of votes, we are narrowing our list of the 16 most popular teen books to one grand champion that will be named on March 31st. To participate, start reading the selected books and get ready for our first contest starting March 3rd.

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How It Works:

  • Read the Sweet 16 books selected by the library.
  • Round 1: Vote March 3-7 for the Elite 8.
  • Round 2: Vote March 17-21 for the Final 4.
  • Round 3: Vote March 24-28 for the final two contending titles.
  • March 31: The champion is announced!



  • Scan the QR codes that will be on the wall display during voting times.

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March Madness Teen Book Tournament Finalists

  •  “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner
  • “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak
  •  “Reality Boy” by A. S. King
  •  “Legend” by Marie Lu
  •  “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green
  • “Cinder” by Marissa Meyer
  •  “Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans
  • “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry
  • “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore
  • “Curveball: the year I lost my grip” by Jordan Sonnenblick
  • “Girl, Stolen” by April Henry
  •  “Maggot Moon” by Sally Gardner
  • “The Darkest Minds” by Alexandra Bracken
  •  “Virals” by Kathy Reichs
  • “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau
  •  “The 5th Wave” by Rick Yancy


*Special thanks to the Tompkins Theater department for the Gaff tape used for our display!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We have had so many students come into the library the past couple of weeks to check out blind dates. I even believe we have had a few students fall in love!

The Tompkins Faculty got in on the blind date fun by sharing their worst date ever, which put them in the drawing for a blind date with a book (complete with book flowers and chocolate)!

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We had many entries, but our counselor secretary, Myra H. was the big winner! Read her worst date story HERE!

Congratulations, Myra!

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Comics aren’t just for Superheroes!

The Falcon IPC class researched famous scientists this week in the library. They used their creativity and created an online comic strip to display their scientists background, education, major contributions, etc.

Let the creativity begin…

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Here is an example created by one of our talented students who researched Marie Curie.

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Weekend Reading

I’m still reading THE IMPOSSIBLE KNIFE OF MEMORY by Laurie Halse Anderson and am planning to finish it this weekend. All I can say is WOW! Such vivid characters and a story that really touches my heart. I highly recommend this book!

Check out the book trailer!

February in the Library!

The 2014 Winter Olympics began in Sochi yesterday. Are you watching? Do you have a favorite Olympic event? The library will be keeping a medal count, so stop by often and see how the teams are doing!

For more information on the 2014 Winter Olympic Games visit the official website at www.sochi2014.com



Also, stop by our February display case as we celebrate Black History Month by recognizing famous African Americans.

Online resources for Black History Month: