Thursday, September 21, 2017

DragonReaders: Friday, September 29, 2017

The first meeting of the 2017-18 DragonReaders will be Friday, September 29, 2017 in the library, during all lunches! Cone join us to discuss anything you've enjoyed reading lately.  Furthermore, we provide light refreshments and encourage you to bring your lunch to the meeting! Visit the library website to secure your hall pass. See you there!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mustaches for Maddie by Morris/Brown







Maddie, a 12 year old in sixth grade, is struggling to figure out the social structures of her pre-teen years. She has a distinct sense of humor and love for all things mustaches, because what isn't funnier when you slap on a mustache? Maddie seems to be navigating the waters of 6th grade well, despite a small physical abnormality, when she learns she has a brain tumor. Some of her classmates rally around her; some others turn against her. I would recommend this book to a) anyone wanting to read an endearing, funny, uplifting story and b) parents who will read it with their late elementary school aged children. This novel is Wonder meets TFIOS and could be a talking point about bullying in the school system as well as forgiveness and caring. It is endearing, funny, and oh-so-believable (it is based on a real story after all). Although the "mean girls" characters as well as Maddie's other classmates are fictional, they are well and truly depicted. I could visualize the scenes developing as they were so real world. Maddie's real life parents wrote this novel based on their real life experience of their daughter going through similar experiences.



- Dawn Dickerson, RRHS Faculty

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Welcome home, Dragons!

Whether you’re fresh from middle school, easing back into our ever-expanding campus, or blown here by the winds of fate, we’re All One Family, so your DragonLibrary invites you to come see what’s in store among the stacks, screens, and sounds of our lair in the heart of the 1100 building.

There are, as you might expect, books. But such books! Both fiction and fact, on paper and on screens, and even ones that talk! Most have tons of words, many have pictures AND words, and a few have no words at all. Check them out here or from the comfort of wherever you have a data connection via Destiny Discover or flip through magazines on Flipster!

(There are even kind bibliomages, whom mortals call librarians, which dwell there and will work their sorcery to help divine a volume that is just right for you - if you use the magic word!)

(The magic word is PLEASE.)

Once you’ve found a good read to devour, bring your lunch to DragonReaders Book Club on Fourth Fridays. Your fellow scholars will be there with their latest reads which may well become your next favorite once they’re done telling you about it.

You may have heard wild reports that libraries and those that run them are dull, quiet, and never any fun at all. However, the latest Dragon Science shows quite the opposite! Your DragonLibrary is the place for an array of diversions throughout the year, ranging from National Library Week - always full of themed games and wackiness - to special events conjured from the imaginations of your Dragon Librarians.

Among their latest mad schemes is the very first Central Texas Teen Comic-Con! Start plotting your cosplay, because on Saturday, December 2, comic creators and vendors will invade your halls with drawing & writing workshops, panel discussions, and contests for art and costumes!



How shall you ever keep up with this brobdingnagian bibliotek bounty? Start by visitng the mind-bogglingly useful DragonLibrary website, where you will find many resources, including this DeepStacks blog, host to library announcements, book reviews, and intellectually edifying comics that are often setups for elaborate puns. If you’re the tweeting sort, you can also follow @rrhslib to add some library goodness to your feed.

Fly on in to browse the hoard soon, and have a great year!

RET3, Guest Blogger

Library Card Sign-up Month


Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Book Review: The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl. Vol. 1, Squirrel Power


Image from RRHS Catalog


As a trade hardcover, Squirrel Power—volume 1 of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl—collects issues 1-5 in which mutant Doreen Green and her sidekick Tippy-Toe begin college, best Kraven the Hunter, and save Earth from Galactus. Ostensibly, our heroine is attempting to blend in with non-superhero society and become a computer scientist, following in the footsteps of her idol Tony Stark. Unfortunately, she has more than a little trouble acclimating to student life. Set in the Avenger corner of the Marvel universe, Squirrel Power is chock full of not-so-casual, casual references to Iron Man, the Avengers, Stark Tower, Doctor Doom, and Thanos as well as allusions to Green’s possibly more suitable partners the X-men, Wolverine, and Deadpool. Written by Ryan North, creator of the fourteen-year running webcomic Dinosaur Comics (http://www.qwantz.com/), this series is laden with the punny humor and zany commentary fans have come to expect from him. Squirrel Girl is a fast-paced, silly, self-aware romp that is full of wordplay and light on fan-service. Because its artwork is appealing but not overtly sexy, this title is easily appropriate for middle grade readers and beyond. The light-hearted references to itself and the conventions of its genre will find an audience in readers who likes having the “comic” in their comics. Moreover, allusions to other members of the Marvel universe strike the right balance between arcane and insipid in order to appeal to cannon heads and newcomers alike. In short, you would like this book if you like…Marvel’s Deadpool, Lumberjanes, Nimona by Noelle Stevenson, and The Princess and the Pony by Kate Beaton.

- Christina Taylor, RRHS Librarian