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!

Speed Dating with the 2016 TAYSHAS books!

If an effort to get students interested and reading the 2016 Tayshas books, we held a speed dating event in the library this week. Students sat a table with a variety of Tayshas books and were asked to choose a book by its cover (oh, the horror!) and had 4 minutes to “date” a book before giving their first impression. The students seemed to really enjoy the “dating” theme of the activity. I’m happy to report that many students fell in love with a Tayshas book and checked it out to get to know it even better.

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2016 Tayshas List!

Looking for some great reads to start the New Year off right? Look no further than the 2016 Tayshas List! These books are chosen by a committee to encourage young adults (and adults!) to read books for pleasure. These books are the best of the best!

Find an annotated list here. ** Designates TAYSHAS Top Ten Books** : The top ten books were selected by the committee from the titles receiving a unanimous vote in the initial voting process.

** Designates TAYSHAS Top Ten Books** : The top ten books were selected by the committee from the titles receiving a unanimous vote in the initial voting process.


Copyright © 2016. All rights reserved.


New Year reading challenge!

Happy New Year, Falcons!

Have you thought about your reading goals for 2016? Do you want to read more or maybe just finish those books you have already started? Challenge yourself (and inspire others!) to read 16 books in 2016.

Keep track of your reading by:

  • Sharing your reading by posting pictures and using #Read16in16 on social media.
  • List your completed books in your email signature.
  • Blog about your reading.
  • Join Goodreads and write reviews on the books you’ve read.

Sharing your reading creates conversations that impact everyone! Please join us and help us create a reading revolution!

 Thanks to OTHS staff member, Mandy Sandlin, for bringing #Read16in16 to my attention. Read more about it HERE.

Celebrating #HourOfCode

Hour of CodeHour of Code is a global movement to encourage students to spend one hour learning more about computer science. The library teamed up with the Computer Science department again this year to come up with a fun way to celebrate. Some of our current computer science students worked together to create a project using the Tickle App that allowed students to program a sphero ball to complete a maze. Students worked together in teams to see how fast they could complete four different mazes.

The smiles and the cheering when the mazes were conquered proved how much fun these students had coding!



Mr. Tully, one of our computer science teachers, showing students how to code the sphero using the tickle app.


One of our senior computer science student demonstrates how to code using the Tickle app.



I see coding in your future…

Check out these successful maze videos!

Winter is HERE!

winterIf you haven’t jumped into the world of Lunars and cyborgs, now is the time! Author Marissa Meyer just released Winter, the final book in her epic sci-fi series, The Lunar Chronicles, and it did not disappoint.

In the Lunar Chronicles, Marissa Meyer takes classic fairy tales and adds a sci-fi element to create a completely new story with hints of the fairy tale throughout each book. Meyer must have done incredible research when writing these books because there are so many direct correlations to the fairy tale that fit so nicely into the story. The book Winter loosely follows the tale of Snow White. Winter (Snow White) eats an apple candy that was poisoned by the evil Queen and then falls into a deep sleep. Although she doesn’t wake with the kiss of a prince, she does wake from a delusional state by the kiss from her true love. There are lots of other correlations, but I’ll let you read them for yourself.

At 800+ pages, Winter is not a quick read, but not a long read, either. The story is full of action with lots of twists and turns. I highly recommend this series for any sci-fi fan!

Read more about Lunar History HERE!

We have 2 copies available for checkout in the library, but if you want a head start, you can download chapters 1 & 2 of Winter for free HERE!

Creating poetry with books!

One of my favorite lessons of the year is Book Spine Poetry. Freshmen English classes have been discussing poetry in literature and came into the library to create their own poetry from titles of books.

Students were encouraged to create a poem about a feeling/emotion using 4-6 books. They looked at different book titles throughout the library that supported their topic and stacked them on top of each other to create a stanza. Some even used the catalog and performed title searches to find just the right book. 🙂

After students created their poem, they had to present it to their teacher, Coach Brown, and explain the meaning of the poem and what inspired them to create it. The students were so thoughtful in their explanations, which led to other great discussions!





This poem led to a great discussion about what makes a good leader. These students are incredibly insightful!



The author of this poem stated that this poem was about “fake friends”.