TeenBookCon 2014


This year marked the 5th anniversary of Houston’s TeenBookCon. We had 3 Falcon students that signed up to spend the day with 28 amazing authors…and what an amazing day it was!

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Getting henna tattoos before author Laurie Halse Anderson gave the keynote address.

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Lots and lots of books!!

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Students were able to attend various panel sessions throughout the day and ask the author questions. I have volunteered at Teen Book Con for years, but this was my first year to actually moderate a panel. I moderated the Crash! Bang! Action! panel with John Corey Whaley, Victoria Scott, Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely, and Melissa de la Cruz. These authors were so thoughtful in their responses to the teens’ questions. Such a incredible panel!


The fabulous Crash! Bang! Action! panel! Photo by TeenBookCon’s photographer, Ann Nguyen.


This was also the first year that I have served on the TeenBookCon committee. I served on the Social Media committee with my Katy ISD librarian peeps: Kim Warwick (Beckendorff JH), Erin Segreto (Cinco Ranch JH), and Amber Baumann (McMeans JH). I am so honored to have worked with these ladies.

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We even managed to get #TeenBookCon trending on Saturday! Woo Hoo!

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Thank you to Blue Willow Bookshop and all the amazing volunteers that helped bring these authors to TeenBookCon this year! They all changed lives!

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Another successful TLA conference!

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This week marked the 5th year in a row that I have attended the Texas Library Association annual conference. I look forward to this event every year! There are incredible sessions on a variety of topics that affect librarians and library programs. One of my favorite sessions dealt with library programming. I hope to add some fun and interesting after school library programs to our library schedule in the fall. Any and all ideas are welcome!

One particularly exciting moment for me at the conference was when I was awarded the MVP runner-up award. The MVP award is given to school librarians who show excellence in their virtual presence through several different online media avenues. I am so honored to have received this award.

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One of the best things about TLA is having the opportunity to meet incredible authors and have them personalize books. I was fortunate to attend a luncheon that author Laurie Halse Anderson was presenting at (wow!) and I also attended the Texas Tea in which I met lots of talented authors! My favorite was meeting author Jonathan Maberry (his book Rot & Ruin was in our March Madness tournament). I actually had a fangirling moment and asked to take a selfie with him. Can you blame me?! 🙂


Many of the authors I met are going to be at Teen Book Con on April 26th. (Don’t forget, I’m still accepting permission slips!!) I will be doing some book giveaways in the library the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned!

Me and Victoria Scott – TeenBookCon author!

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Me and Laurie Halse Anderson – TeenBookCon author and keynote speaker!

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Me and Melissa de la Cruz – TeenBookCon author!

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Me and Jenny Han – TeenBookCon author!

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Since this conference was in San Antonio this year, my fellow librarians and I were able to visit the alamo, eat on the River Walk, and play ghost hunters at the Menger Hotel. Did you know that the Menger is the most haunted hotel in Texas?? Unfortunately, we didn’t spot any ghosts on this trip. Bummer.

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This was one of the best TLA conferences I have attended! I have returned with lots of new ideas and can’t wait to start implementing them into our library.

Weekend Reading

I was fortunate to snag an Advanced Reader’s Copy of THE RING AND THE CROWN by Melissa de la Cruz and am reading it every spare second I have. It is THAT good! The book was released on April 1st and has already been ordered for the library! Be on the lookout for it!

ring and crownThe Ring and the Crown by Melissa de la Cruz

Magic is power, and power is magic…

Once they were inseparable, just two little girls playing games in a formidable castle. Now Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the mightiest empire in the world, and Aelwyn Myrddyn, a bastard mage, face vastly different futures.

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second. With the help of her Merlin, Eleanor has maintained a stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. While the enchanters faithfully serve the crown, the sun will never set on the Franco-British Empire.

As the annual London Season begins, the great and noble families across the globe flaunt their wealth and magic at parties, teas, and, of course, the lavish Bal du Drap d’Or, the Ball of the Gold Cloth.

But the talk of the season is Ronan Astor, a social-climbing American with only her dazzling beauty to recommend her. Ronan is determined to make a good match to save her family’s position. But when she falls for a handsome rogue on the voyage over, her lofty plans are imperiled by her desires.

Meanwhile, Isabelle of Orleans, daughter of the displaced French royal family, finds herself cast aside by Leopold, heir to the Prussian crown, in favor of a political marriage to Marie-Victoria. Isabelle arrives in the city bent on reclaiming what is hers. But Marie doesn’t even want Leopold-she has lost her heart to a boy the future queen would never be allowed to marry.

When Marie comes to Aelwyn, desperate to escape a life without love, the girls form a perilous plan that endangers not only the entire kingdom but the fate of the monarchy.

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

Check out this aMaZiNg book trailer!

Final Round of March Madness!

Who will be crowned the champion of the 1st annual Tompkins HS March Madness Tournament of Books? Vote today and make your voice heard!!

Final Round: Vote March 31-April 4 for the champion.

“The Fault in our Stars” by John Green

“The Maze Runner” by James Dashner




Champion will be announced on April 7th!