Back from TLA!

The annual Texas Library Association conference was held in Fort Worth, TX, this past week. This conference gives librarians a chance to attend sessions presented by other librarians (and authors) on the latest trends and ideas in the library field. I was fortunate to attend this year’s conference with many other librarians from Katy ISD.

One of my favorite sessions was on the newest titles that have been recently released. One of the many titles I will be adding to our OTHS opening collection is FOX FOREVER by Mary E. Pearson. This is the final book in the Jenna Fox Chronicles. Watch the book trailer HERE.

Besides attending incredibly informative sessions, I also got to attend several luncheons and meet several of my favorite authors.

I attended the Texas Bluebonnet Award luncheon and helped celebrate this year’s winner POSTCARDS FROM CAMP by the late Simms Taback. It was such a moving tribute to Mr. Taback.

I also had breakfast with Newbery Award winner Jack Gantos and laughed the entire time. Each table had a “Jack head” centerpiece with different quotes and books coming from it. So much fun!

 Actor and travel writer, Andrew McCarthy, also spoke at one of the luncheons I attended. I’m looking forward to reading his latest book, THE LONGEST WAY HOME.

One of my favorite things about TLA are the FREEBIES!!! I came home with lots of books that I will be giving away!


One of the highlights of my trip was meeting incredible authors! Here is a picture of me and one of my fave authors, David Levithan! By the way, he will be at Blue Willow Bookshop on Friday, May 10th with author Andrea Cremer to promote their new book INVISIBILITY. Don’t miss it!

One of my most favorite books (at the moment) is WHERE THINGS COME BACK by John Corey Whaley. I was so excited to see that he was at TLA this year!

I really did get to meet author Jack Gantos! Funny, funny guy!

I ended my trip by meeting the amazing Neil Gaiman. He is such an incredible supporter of librarians and it shows in everything he says and does. I will never forget this experience. Ever.

Weekend Reading

Here’s a look at what I am reading this weekend!

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

While in a coma following an automobile accident that killed her parents and younger brother, seventeen-year-old Mia, a gifted cellist, weights whether to live with her grief or join her family in death.

Copyright © 2013 Follett Library Resources, Inc.

Visit the author’s website:

Watch the book trailer:

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

April is National Poetry Month!

Although our library is not officially open, we can still celebrate Poetry Month together!

Poem-in-Your-Pocket Day is April 18th!

Share your favorite poem with other poetry fans by posting in the comment section under this post OR share it on Twitter using the hashtag #pocketpoem.

Don’t forget to follow us @TompkinsLibrary!

For resources and how you can celebrate, check out these links:, from the Academy of American Poets – Information about National Poetry Month

Poem-A-Day – subscribers receive previously unpublished work by contemporary poets, as well as classic and historical poems daily via email

Scholastic – Celebrate National Poetry Month

Read, Write, Think – April is National Poetry Month

Poetry Apps:

Poetry Foundation’s Mobile AppFREE!

17 Apps for Poets some FREE, some not!

Meet the Teachers Night!

It was great to meet so many wonderful Tompkins HS students and parents last night at the Meet the Teachers Night! Everyone was so excited to see pictures of the library and hear about all the different activities we will be doing throughout the year. The most exciting moments were probably the smiles on the students faces when they heard the library would have charging stations for their devices…PRICELESS! Oh, and did I mention that we already have FIVE parent volunteers signed up to help in the library next year…and it’s only MARCH! Wow! The Tompkins HS library is going to be aMaZiNg!

Remember, if you have book suggestions for the library, please visit the GOOGLE DOC and let me know! I am working on creating our opening collection lists right now!! I hope to order the books in May and have them delivered in July.

Thanks again for taking the time and stopping by to say hello! I’m so excited about this new adventure!

Teen Book Con

Saturday, April 20, 2013

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Alief Taylor High School

FREE to attend!

Have you been to The Greater Houston Teen Book Convention, or Teen Book Con before? You haven’t? Well don’t miss out this year because it’s going to be just as awesome as ever! Teen Book Con is an exclusive author event just for teens! You’ll get up close and personal with some of your favorite YA authors and graphic novelists like Chris Crutcher, Sharon Draper, Tera Lyn Childs, Cinda Williams Chima, Sophie Jordan, Maureen Johnson, and many more!

Did we mention this event is FREE?! Yes, absolutely FREE to attend! Bring cash for concessions or a bag lunch!

Attend author panels such as “Murder and Mayhem” and “Addicted to Love.” Seating preference is given to teens!

Purchase books from Blue Willow Bookshop to have autographed!

What else is there to do?

Visit the temporary tattoo booth, get your face painted, bring your camera phone for the photo booth, button making and more!

Books, prizes, pizza, Amy’s Ice Cream and so much more!

See the full schedule of events here!

Are you convinced yet? Go to Teen Book Con and have a blast meeting today’s hottest YA authors!

Tompkins HS Library Book Suggestions

Have you ever wanted to decide what books should belong in your school library? Well, now is your chance to let the me know exactly what books (or types of books) you would like to see in the Tompkins HS library. I cannot guarantee all the titles will find a home in the library, but I can guarantee that I will look at each and every suggestion and determine whether or not it is appropriate for our school.

Post your suggestions on the Google Doc!

Tour of the Library

Today I got to sport a hard hat (that didn’t fit!) and take a tour of Tompkins HS. All I can say is…INCREDIBLE! I can’t wait for our students to walk the halls of this gorgeous building! I can hear the oohs and ahhs right now!

As I knew would be the case, the library is the bomb! Here are some pictures from my visit today:

Doors from the main hallway that lead into the library.


Looking towards the door to the main hallway of the school.

View from behind the circulation desk.

Need to charge your device? No problem!

Entrance to the library from the main entry way into the school.

View of the library from the 2nd floor hallway windows.

View of the library from the 2nd floor windows.


Although these stairs are not in the library, I had to walk up them to get to the 2nd floor windows to take the picture above. Needless to say, I walked very carefully. 🙂

Welcome to the Tompkins HS Library!

Welcome to the Tompkins High School Library Blog! This is where you will find news on all the latest and greatest information happening in the library.

Although the library is under construction and doesn’t officially open until August 2013, don’t let that stop you from bookmarking this blog NOW! I will be sharing the progress of the construction of our Tompkins Library throughout the next 6 months. Stay tuned…

Here are some of the latest pictures of my favorite place at OTHS courtesy of Mr. Grisdale, principal of Tompkins High School. Beautiful!!

Circulation Desk


 Future Library Stacks