Know the difference between biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs!

Be in the know!

Biography – story of someone’s life written by someone else
Autobiography – story of someone’s life written by that individual
Memoir – reflections of the individual; story about particular events that happened in the author’s life

Check out some of these favorites!

Escape from Camp 14 by  Blaine Harden

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North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family.


Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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Raised in South Carolina and New York, Woodson always felt halfway home in each place. In vivid poems, she shares what it was like to grow up as an African American in the 1960s and 1970s, living with the remnants of Jim Crow and her growing awareness of the Civil Rights movement.


A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

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Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen, serving as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.
Book summaries courtesy of Titlewave.

10 Things to Know About Your Tompkins Library!

10 Things to Know About your Library!

  1. Welcome to your library! We are excited to have students and faculty visit the library as often as possible! Our motto is: “If you are here, you are awesome!”

2. Don’t want homework? The library is open from 7:00am – 3:00pm Monday – Wednesday, and Friday. We are open from 7:00am – 3:30pm on Thursday.

3. You must have a library pass to come to the library during instructional time or enrichment. Get these passes from the library or miss the party!
4. Have a study hall? We offer passes to those students that need computers and other library resources. Passes are limited! First come, first served! And don’t forget your headphones!

5. The library is a magical place. There are books, ebooks, and magazines for everyone! You can check out up to 3 items for 2 weeks at a time before they need to be returned.
6. Don’t have a printer? We have you covered! Black & white copies are 10 cents a side and color copies are 50 cents a side.
7. Need an ID? Get them in the attendance office. The only pictures we take are with books…and the occasional cat.
8. We know it’s a bummer, but all food and drinks must stay in the cafeteria. School policy. The only exceptions are: book club, Take Flight, and mentor visits.
9. Like to read and talk about books? Join the Teen Book Club! They meet the 1st Friday of the month in the library during lunches. Bring your lunch and talk about what you are reading. Just don’t spoil the ending!
10. Our library works hard to provide you with engaging and interesting book related activities throughout the year. Don’t miss our Makerspace Mondays, interactive bulletin board, book reviews/displays, and contests! All the cool people hang out in the library. Just saying.