World Read Aloud Day was a success!

World Read Aloud Day is a global movement to encourage people of all ages to celebrate the power of words and to help create a community of readers.

On 2/24/16, our Falcons celebrated #WRAD16 in several ways. Many of our teachers chose to read one of their favorite childhood books to their students, while other students spent a few minutes reading aloud to students at Griffin Elementary via Google Hangouts. I’m not sure who enjoyed it more – the elementary students or the seniors!


One of Coach Keefner’s English IV classes enjoyed a virtual author visit with Lindsey Leavitt. Lindsey writes books for children, tweens, and young adults. She talked about her books, read from her book “Sean Griswold’s Head”, and shared many personal memories about writing and the writing process. Not only did she give great insight into writing, but she did so with a slice of humor. What a great experience for our students!


Reading should be celebrated and appreciated everyday! Stop by the library and find your next great read!

Read it Forward is in full swing!

Read it Forward is a reading incentive program that encourages students to read a certain book and then hide that book for other students to find and read.

The library staff chose The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater as this year’s selection. 100 copies of the book were wrapped and hidden throughout the school right before Valentine’s Day. Students were encouraged to find a book and meet their “blind date” for Valentines. <3


Since the RIF reveal, we have had several students already finish the book and pass it forward. Then students add their name to our RIF wall once they have finished the book.




Join the Read it Forward discussion by using #TompkinsReads! More information to come about Read it Forward after Spring Break! Keep reading!!

Mark your calendars for TeenBookCon on April 2nd!

TeenBookCon is an annual book convention in Houston, Texas, that connects teens with young adult authors. This is a FREE event that takes place at Alief-Taylor High School on Saturday, April 2nd.

Tompkins HS students will be sharing a bus with Seven Lakes HS students and spending the day at TeenBookCon celebrating reading and books! If you are interested in attending, stop by the library for more information.

The Keynote Speaker is the one and only Ruta Sepetys! Click HERE for a list of other YA authors attending.


Want to read some of their books before TeenBookCon? The library has you covered! Look for our TeenBookCon display!

Follow @TeenBookCon on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for all the latest and greatest TeenBookCon information! Bring on April 2nd!

Are book covers important?

Although we have all heard the popular idiom “don’t judge a book by its cover,” we do it every day. The book’s cover gives readers a first impression of the story – and it needs to be a good one. If the cover does not engage or interest the reader, the story will potentially go untold.

Digital Art students will be in the library this week discussing the importance of book covers and what a good book cover should include. Artwork, title, and font style play an important role in enticing a reader. They will then be creating their own book covers.

we-were-liarsThis is one of my fave books. Just look at this cover! The cover tells us so much about the story. We see several teens having fun in an ocean on a sunny day. Then we see the title in bold on top of the picture – we were liars. Wow! This creates all kinds of questions in a reader’s head. Oh, and did you notice the review at the top of the cover in red by John Green? Who doesn’t know John Green?? Having a great review by John Green on the cover of your book will increase readers tremendously!



This is another book that I absolutely love! The cover is very simply designed with an upside down crown dripping with red blood through the title “Red Queen.” Readers will immediately start asking themselves about the significance of the word “red.” The quote underneath the title “Power is a Dangerous Game” pulls everything together and gives the reader an idea about the power struggle that they will find within this story.


I’m looking forward to seeing what designs our Falcon Digital Art students create!