April is School Library Month!

School Library Month (SLM) is the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL) celebration of school librarians and their programs. Every April school librarians are encouraged to create activities to help their school and local community celebrate the essential role that strong school library programs play in a student’s educational career.

Celebrate School Library Month with the Tompkins Library! 

4/1 – 4/30 – OTHS Interactive student poetry display in the library!
4/1 – 4/18 – OTHS Original Poetry Contest
4/12 – National D.E.A.R Day – National Drop Everything and Read Day
4/13 – 4/19 – National Library Week -The 2014 theme is Lives change @ your library.
4/17 – Celebrate Teen Literature Day – Stay tuned for more info!
4/23 – World Book Night – The OTHS library will be giving away FREE books during the school day!
4/26 – OTHS Field Trip – Teen Book Con
4/30 – OTHS presents the Poetry Café


Students are encouraged to submit videos showcasing how their school library connects to this year’s School Library Month theme, “Lives Change @ your library.” Videos are due April 15, 2014. Enter today!

© 1996–2014 American Library Association

Release your inner poet!

Tompkins PoetryCafe_teacupO Romeo, Romeo; wherefore art thou, Romeo…

National Poetry Month is just a few days away and the library will be celebrating by sponsoring a Poetry Contest and a Poetry Cafe! Submit your original poems to the library before April 18th. Winners will be announced at the Poetry Cafe on April 30th. All OTHS poets can share their pre-approved poetry at the cafe from 2:45 – 4:00.

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Tompkins Poetry cup image by our very own Coach Dye!

Weekend Reading


If I can tear myself away from the March Madness basketball games this weekend, I’m going to finish reading THE SCAR BOYS by Len Vlahos. I chose to read this book because it’s about forming a band (and I LOVE music!) and the author will also be attending Teen Book Con on April 26th. I will be taking students to this FREE event, so make sure you stop by the library and get your permission slip!

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The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

A severely burned teenager. A guitar. Punk rock. The chords of a rock ‘n’ roll road trip in a coming-of-age novel that is a must-read story about finding your place in the world…even if you carry scars inside and out.

In attempting to describe himself in his college application essay–help us to become acquainted with you beyond your courses, grades, and test scores–Harbinger (Harry) Jones goes way beyond the 250-word limit and gives a full account of his life.

The first defining moment: the day the neighborhood goons tied him to a tree during a lightning storm when he was 8 years old, and the tree was struck and caught fire. Harry was badly burned and has had to live with the physical and emotional scars, reactions from strangers, bullying, and loneliness that instantly became his everyday reality.

The second defining moment: the day in 8th grade when the handsome, charismatic Johnny rescued him from the bullies and then made the startling suggestion that they start a band together. Harry discovered that playing music transported him out of his nightmare of a world, and he finally had something that compelled people to look beyond his physical appearance. Harry’s description of his life in his essay is both humorous and heart-wrenching. He had a steeper road to climb than the average kid, but he ends up learning something about personal power, friendship, first love, and how to fit in the world. While he’s looking back at the moments that have shaped his life, most of this story takes place while Harry is in high school and the summer after he graduates.

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

Rock on with THE SCAR BOYS playlist on Spotify:

A night out with author e. lockhart.

I was so fortunate to spend the evening with author e. lockhart last night at Maggiano’s by the Galleria. She is doing a pre-publicity tour on her upcoming novel WE WERE LIARS and made a quick stop in Houston.

There were about 30 people in attendance that ranged from librarians to book sellers. Although Emily (did you know the “e” stands for Emily?) did not reveal the plot of the book in case there were some attendees that hadn’t read it, she did share 3 personal stories that helped her in writing the book. I loved hearing these stories because they really put some perspective on the characters and format of the story.

We also had the chance to ask questions, discuss our favorite parts of the book, and have our books signed. Not only is Emily kind and thoughtful, but she has a great sense of style!

Although the book will not be released until 5/13/14, we have 2 preview copies available for FALCONS only! It’s is absolutely beautifully written! One of my favorite books I’ve ever read! Stop by and read it today…then lie about it.

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Here ye! Here ye! The wait is finally over!

After a LONG 6 months, our new library furniture is finally here! We began the process of planning, ordering, and waiting for our furniture last October. Although it has been hard to wait, I can say without a doubt that it has definitely been worth it!

Be sure to stop by the library and read, hang out with your friends, or just sit and relax on our new comfy furniture. The library is absolutely the best place to be at Tompkins High School…and I’m not just saying that. 🙂

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March Madness Tournament of Books – Round 2!

Here are the Round 1 of the March Madness Tournament of Books winners!!

Voting begins TODAY for Round 2 and ends on Friday, March 21st, so make your vote count and vote TODAY!

“Michael Vey: The Prisoner of Cell 25” by Richard Paul Evans

“Graceling” by Kristin Cashore





“The Fault in our Stars” by John Green

“Curveball: The Year I lost my Grip” by Jordan Sonnenblick



 “The Maze Runner” by James Dashner

 “The Testing” by Joelle Charbonneau




“Virals” by Kathy Reichs

“Maggot Moon” by Sally Gardner



For more info visit the March Madness Tournament of Books Blog Page.

Spring Break Reading

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No, I won’t be reading at the beach this Spring Break, but I will be reading! I scored an ARC (advanced reading copy) of Joelle Charbonneau’s GRADUATION DAY, which is the last book in The Testing trilogy! I’m beyond excited!

graduation dayShe wants to put an end to the Testing
In a scarred and brutal future, The United Commonwealth teeters on the brink of all-out civil war. The rebel resistance plots against a government that rules with cruelty and cunning. Gifted student and Testing survivor, Cia Vale, vows to fight.

But she can’t do it alone.
This is the chance to lead that Cia has trained for – but who will follow? Plunging through layers of danger and deception, Cia must risk the lives of those she loves–and gamble on the loyalty of her lethal classmates.

Who can Cia trust?
The stakes are higher than ever—lives of promise cut short or fulfilled; a future ruled by fear or hope–in the electrifying conclusion to Joelle Charbonneau’s epic Testing trilogy. Ready or not…it’s Graduation Day.

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

What will be you be reading this Spring Break? Post it to the blog!

World Read Aloud Day with Griffin Elementary!

World Read Aloud Day is a global literacy movement that encourages children, teens, and adults to celebrate the power of words by sharing them with others.

diffendooferFour Falcons took this opportunity to read Hooray for Diffendoofer Day by Dr. Seuss (with help from Jack Prelutsky and Lane Smith) to a 4th grade class at Griffin Elementary using Google Hangouts. Mrs. Cross, the Griffin Elementary librarian, recommended our students read this book to her students because it has become a tradition that she read this to them every March during Read Across America Week.

Our Falcon students quickly previewed the book and set out trying to decide who would read what. After the high schoolers read to the elementary students, they answered lots of questions about their favorite books, favorite authors, when they read, etc. I’m not sure who enjoyed this more. It was hard to tell with all the bright smiles from everyone. 🙂



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What an incredible way to promote literacy! I’m so proud of our Falcon students. They loved participating in this event and are eager to do it again. It was definitely a great day to be a Falcon!

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March Madness Book Trailers

We have had a lot of excitement in the library about the March Madness books. Check out these book trailers to help you decide what to read next!

Legend by Marie Lu

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Girl, Stolen by April Henry

Maggot Moon by Sally Garnder

The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Virals by Kathy Reichs

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancy

Spring is in the air!

It may be icing outside today, but we are “thinking green” in the library! Check out our new spring display!

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Stop by the library and check out a GREEN book today!

Think Green!! Think Spring!!

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