FREE Audiobooks through SYNC!

Beginning May 5th, you can download FREE audiobooks to keep you entertained and informed throughout the summer.

SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens. SYNC will give away two complete audiobook downloads a week – pairs of high interest titles, based on weekly themes. Sign up for email or text alerts and be first to know when new titles are available to download at


Play Tech BINGO in the library this week!

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Teen Tech Week is when libraries make the time to showcase all of the great digital resources and services that are available to help teens succeed in school and prepare for college. The Tompkins Library is celebrating Teen Tech Week with technology and fun!

Students can complete four technology related activities and make a BINGO to earn a bag of candy. Those that participate will be in the grand prize drawing on Friday, March 11th.


We’ll even let you eat your candy in the library! Just don’t tell anyone. 🙂

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!

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.


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