Powerful Memoirs & Biographies

If you are trying to decide what to read next, consider a memoir or biography. Memoirs and biographies offer insight into other people’s lives/experiences and in turn help us to reflect and evaluate our own lives.

AP Language students are currently studying a variety of memoirs/biographies in class. One of these memoirs will be self-selected and can be checked out through the library.

Check out these memoirs/biographies on some of the most influential and memorable people. Stop by the library and get your copy today!

More great reads!

 brief history Get a sneak peek at My Brief History HERE!
 malala Watch Malala Yousafzai accept the Nobel Peace Prize HERE!
 stevejobs Read an interview with the 2013 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction Award finalist, Karen Blumenthal, author of Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different HERE!

It’s always a good time to delve into a memoir or biography!

Rick Riordan is coming to Katy!

Move over Percy Jackson, there is a new character in town and his name is Magnus Chase!

Author Rick Riordan will be visiting Morton Ranch HS on Sunday, October 11th at 3:00pm to promote his new Norse mythology series. His last visit to Katy was a highlight of the year for me! His presentation was engaging and so interesting. Not to mention he is just the nicest guy ever!

If you would like to be part of this event, contact the Blue Willow Bookshop and purchase MAGNUS CHASE to receive your admission ticket, which will admit one person. For more information, click HERE.

Read an except from Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard.

2015-2016 Magazine Subscriptions


Stop by and browse through our diverse collection of magazines! Our magazines cover a variety of topics from sports to science to college and can be checked out through the library.

The Tompkins Library has your interests covered!

College Bound
Consumer Reports
Current History
ESPN Magazine
Food Network Magazine
Foreign Affairs
Foreign Policy
Game Informer
Guitar World
MAD Magazine
Mental Floss
Otaku USA
People en Espanol
People Weekly
Poets & Writers
Popular Mechanics
Popular Science
School Library Journal
Scientific American
Scholastic Scope
Southern Living
Teen Vogue
Texas Monthly
Time Magazine
Track & Field News
VOYA (Voices of Youth Adv)

Need to know updates!

Here are a couple of updates that will make searching, reading, and listening to our books easier!

1. An easy way to log on to the Tompkins HS Library catalog is through www.gofollett.com. Simply choose Texas from the drop down box, type in “Tompkins,” and select our school name. Then select “go.” You can now do a universal search for our books, ebooks, and audiobooks!

2. The Brytewave app is now easier than ever to sign into and use! Simply download the FREE app, enter your KISD username/password, and begin reading/listening to our ebooks/audiobooks! Want more information about how to use Brytewave? Click HERE!


Back-to-School required reading book sale!


All OTHS academic and Pre-AP/AP classes have required reading books that students will be reading during the school year. To make back-to-school shopping easier, the Tompkins Library will be selling these books until Friday, August 31st. Stop by when you pick up your schedules or anytime during the 1st week of school to purchase your copies. Supplies are limited.

9th grade   9th grade Pre-AP
Title of book Cost Title of book Cost
To Kill a Mockingbird $15.00 To Kill a Mockingbird $15.00
  The Hot Zone $8.00
10th grade 10th grade Pre-AP
Title of book Cost Title of book Cost
Fahrenheit 451 $15.00 Fahrenheit 451 $15.00
  A Raisin in the Sun $8.00
Othello $6.00
11th grade AP Lang
Title of book Cost Title of book Cost
The Great Gatsby $15.00 The Great Gatsby $15.00
  The Things They Carried $16.00
The Scarlet Letter $4.00
The Crucible $14.00
12th grade AP Lit
Title of book Cost Title of book Cost
1984 $15.00 1984 $15.00
Frankenstein $9.00 Frankenstein $9.00
  King Lear $6.00
Picture of Dorian Gray $9.00
Heart of Darkness $5.00

Click HERE for the order form.

*Photo bomb courtesy of Mrs. Scanlon. 🙂

New teachers are coming!

Tompkins High School has hired over 70 new staff members for the 2015-2016 school year. Yes, you read that correctly! This is our first year with grades 9-12 and we can’t wait to work with all these faculty/staff and students!

Here are a few things to know about the library…