Weekend Reading

I can’t believe that author Robin LaFevers will be visiting this next Thursday, 11/6!! Luckily, I was able to score an advanced reading copy of her newest book, Mortal Heart, which will be released on 11/4. I’m so anxious to see how the this story ends!

Want to meet Robin LaFevers? Stop by the library and sign up to attend. Want to get a signed copy of her books? Click HERE for the order form.

heartMortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

Annith has watched her gifted sisters at the convent come and go, carrying out their dark dealings in the name of St. Mortain, patiently awaiting her own turn to serve Death. But her worst fears are realized when she discovers she is being groomed by the abbess as a Seeress, to be forever sequestered in the rock and stone womb of the convent. Feeling sorely betrayed, Annith decides to strike out on her own.
She has spent her whole life training to be an assassin. Just because the convent has changed its mind, doesn’t mean she has.
Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

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

Freshmen Falcons visit the Haunted Tour of Plagiarism.

Let’s face it. Plagiarism, copyright, in-text citations, and advanced searching tools are not the most interesting topics to learn about. In fact, it can be down right boring. In an attempt to make a more interactive and enjoyable learning experience for our freshmen Falcons, I created the self-guided Haunted Tour of Plagiarism. Students were able to work at their own pace and shared their learning with their librarian and teachers on a variety of Google Forms.

Take a look at the Haunted Tour, if you dare…





National Bullying Awareness Month

to this dayFalcons, I just received this book in our recent book order and it gets TWO TALONS UP! “To This Day” by Shane Koyczan is an absolutely beautiful poem written about the author’s experiences of being bullied as a child. The poem has inspired many people, including artists that worked together to create this video that represents the poem.

Shane Koyczan is a spoken word artist. Check out his website for more of his poetry!


Meet Robin LaFevers on 11/6!

RobinMeeting authors is one of my all-time favorite things to do. I love to listen to them describe how the writing process works for them and the many different ways they come up with ideas for books.

Now is your chance to meet an author and ask questions! Robin LaFevers, author of the “His Fair Assassins” trilogy, will be visiting our library on Thursday, November 6th from 11:00am – 12:00pm.  She will be promoting the final book in the trilogy, “Mortal Heart”.

Take a break from all your school work and read for fun! If you like action, adventure, and history, you will LOVE these books!


Dark Triumph

Mortal Heart

Check HERE to watch the book trailers! Then stop by the library and sign up to attend the event. Only those students that sign up will receive a ticket to attend.

Want to buy a book and have it signed? Click HERE for an order form. Robin LaFevers will only sign books that are purchased through the library.

Thank you Blue Willow Bookshop for bringing this amazing opportunity to Tompkins High School!


Weekend Reading

ebolaLike most people around the world, I’ve been very interested in reading about ebola lately. I’ve read news article after news article and even race to be home before 5:30pm each night so that I can watch the national evening news about ebola updates. I learned about THE HOT ZONE after speaking with one of our Falcon English teachers. It didn’t take much for me to take an interest in the book. I’ve read about 60 pages so far and can’t wait to get home tonight and continue reading. This is seriously the scariest book I have ever read…and it’s nonfiction!

The_Hot_ZoneThe Hot Zone by Richard Preston

A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus. The Hot Zone tells this dramatic story, giving a hair-raising account of the appearance of rare and lethal viruses and their “crashes” into the human race. Shocking, frightening, and impossible to ignore, The Hot Zoneproves that truth really is scarier than fiction.

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc.

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Unite Against Bullying!


National Bullying Prevention Week was founded in 2006 and that means it’s time to let everyone know that you care about bullying prevention. Show your support and help prevent bullying at Tompkins High School!

Unity Day — Wednesday, October 22

  • Go Orange! Unite against bullying by wearing orange and showing your support.
  • Help make orange go viral—Show why you are “going orange” on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram using #UnityDay2014

Fight against bullying with these reads:


 August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid–but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face. “Wonder” begins from Auggie’s point of view, but soon switches to include his classmates, his sister, her boyfriend, and others. These perspectives converge in a portrait of one community’s struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.

 dear bully


A collection of stories in which seventy authors share their experiences with and feelings about bullying, including selections from Lauren Kate, R. L. Stine, Melissa Walker, Laura Kasischke, Amy Reed, Kurtis Scaletta, Carolyn Mackler, and others. http://www.dearbully.com/ 



Teens open up to tell personal stories that tackle difficult, real-life issues. Direct, revealing, and often raw, these voices will ring true for any teen reader who has faced bullying, anger, or stress. Readers will be inspired by the writers’ courage and strength in working hard to overcome problems both large and small.

 rites of passage


Sixteen-year-old Sam McKenna discovers that becoming one of the first girls to attend a revered military academy means living with a target on her back. As Sam struggles to prove herself, she learns that a decades-old secret society is alive and active . . . and determined to force her out.

Remember, the End of Bullying Begins With You!

©2013 PACER Center, Inc. – National Bullying Prevention info                    

Copyright © 2014 Follett School Solutions, Inc. – book summaries

Turn your dreams into reality @ your library!


 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.

The Tompkins High School Student Library Advisory Council (SLAC) met, discussed, and decided on two activities to get students excited about Teen Read Week. First, share a picture of your favorite book or a #selfie of you and your favorite book on Instagram using #OTHSTRW. Some lucky students will have their pictures shown on the Friday video announcements on 10/17.

IMG_3563Instagram example: Imagine it’s 1941 and your family has been taken from your Lithuanian home and sent to Siberia, where your father has been sentenced to death in a prison camp. This book was based on the author’s family. Heartbreaking. #OTHSTRW

Secondly, enter our Teen Read Week book quotes contest by either scanning the QR codes posted throughout the school or click HERE. Winners will be announced on Friday, 10/17.

Books make your dreams come true! Don’t believe me? Check out what Hunger Games star Willow Shields has to say about Teen Read Week!

Celebrating Star Wars Reads Day!

star-wars-reads-day-3-logoStar Wars Reads Day is an international event that celebrates reading and Star Wars. This event is very popular with students AND staff! We are celebrating with a student/staff mural (add your favorite quote or character), a Stars Wars crossword puzzle, a faculty doodle contest (winners receive a FREE 1 hour massage from Energee Spine Care), and of course Star Wars books!

Use the Force and stop by to celebrate today!






Weekend Reading

I kept seeing this book mentioned on various blogs and websites, so I decided that I needed to see what all the fuss was about.

we are the goldensWe are the Goldens by Dana Reinhardt

Nell worships her older sister, Layla. They’re one unit, intertwined: Nellayla. As Nell and her best friend, Felix, start their freshman year in high school, on Layla’s turf, there’s so much Nell looks forward to: Joining Layla on the varsity soccer team. Parties. Boys. Adventures.

But the year takes a very different turn.

Layla is changing, withdrawing. She’s hiding something, and when Nell discovers what it is, and the consequences it might have, she struggles. She wants to support Layla, to be her confidante, to be the good sister she’s always been. But with so much at stake, what secrets should she keep? What lies should she tell?

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

The library has become a cemetery.

If you have walked by the library lately, please don’t be alarmed. Those headstones you see were created by our PreAP Chem students for their Famous Dead Chemist project. Students researched a Chemist, created a brochure about the chemist’s life/accomplishments, and then created a headstone. These headstones and brochures are on display in the library for the rest of the month.

Stop by and read about these famous dead scientists and the incredible roles they have played in Chemistry.