Poetry Contest time!

It’s that time of year again! Time to put those creative thoughts onto paper and submit them to the OTHS poetry contest! Let’s celebrate National Poetry Month with lots of poetry!

March Book Madness

March Book Madness has arrived in the Tompkins Library early! This year all of the books competing were written by the 2017 TeenBookCon authors. Read the books, vote for your favorites, and then join the Tompkins Library on April 1st for our annual FREE field trip to TeenBookCon at Alief-Taylor High School in Houston, Texas.

Read more about TeenBookCon HERE! Still have questions about March Madness or TeenBookCon? Stop by the library for answers!

Blind dating in the library!

Are you tired of “dating” the same books over and over again. Take a risk and go on a blind date! You never know, you may just fall in love!



















Databases and Website Evaluation

Our AP Lang students have spent the past week working with our databases and website evaluation…and it’s not over yet!

While I was doing my own research today, I came across this poster that I just had to share! Katy ISD and the State of Texas provide our students with incredible resources through our databases. Don’t overlook these valuable resources, Falcons!

It’s time for NaNoWriMo!

Image result for national novel writing month young writers programNaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is a national program that challenges anyone and everyone to write a novel during the month of November.

If you enjoy writing, please consider participating!! Although NaNoWriMo is an individual activity, the Falcon Writers group will be meeting in the library after school every Monday during November to write, discuss, edit, or talk about their novel for those that can attend. The Falcon Writers group also has a virtual classroom through the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s website that allows students to ask questions, chat about their novels, get advice, and more!

Want to join the Falcons Writers group? Sign up for an account on the Young Writer’s website and enter our code: ECRITWWI

Now drop the Halloween candy and get writing!

Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

orbiting-jupiterOrbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt

“Jack, 12, tells the gripping story of Joseph, 14, who joins his family as a foster child. Damaged in prison, Joseph wants nothing more than to find his baby daughter, Jupiter, whom he has never seen. When Joseph has begun to believe he’ll have a future, he is confronted by demons from his past that force a tragic sacrifice.: ~Goodreads

I kept seeing this book come up on different lists and blogs and everyone kept commenting on what a strong and powerful book it was. Since I enjoy reading books that make you think, I decided to read it for myself. Wow! This book is such an emotional read. It’s tender, beautiful, and absolutely devastating. I highly recommend this book to anyone that enjoys problem novels or just beautifully written stories.

Defend your right to read! #BannedBooksWeek


Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read and highlights the value of free and open access to information.

Many favorite books have been challenged/banned over the years. A challenge is an attempt to remove or restrict materials, based upon the objections of a person or group. A banning is the removal of those materials. Challenges do not simply involve a person expressing a point of view; rather, they are an attempt to remove material from the curriculum or library, thereby restricting the access of others. As such, they are a threat to freedom of speech and choice.

Here are the Top 10 book that were challenged in 2015.

Here are some of the ways the Tompkins Library is celebrating your right to read this week.


Celebrating Banned Books Week!



“What Banned Book is this?” contest



Stop by and pick up a copy of the 2015-2016 list of challenged or banned books. Each book listed contains a description of why is was challenged/banned.



Help complete this challenging Banned Books Week crossword created by Penguin Books.



Find a banned book to read!



Have a “I Read Banned Books” poster made with your favorite “banned” book.


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