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Friday, December 20, 2013

Comic: Doll Bones by Holly Black

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Doll Bones, by Holly Black.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Student Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

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The Catcher in the Rye is a psychological novel based more on how events affect the hero’s mind than on the events themselves; therefore, the actual plot is not as important as the psychological analysis behind the action. In truth, the plot is only a loosely strung set of incidents that are combined to reveal four days in the life of Holden Caulfield. The novel is episodic in nature, and the bulk of it is narrated in the form of flashbacks. I would definitely recommend this to other readers because it has a very interesting plot that is told in first person through note entrees or "flashbacks" as some would call it. You would like this book if you like…The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Monday, December 16, 2013

ReelTalk CONTEST: From Books to Movies - December 2013, ctd.

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Please congratulate the following for having won the library's ReelTalk Contest.  They correctly recognized that all of the movies are classified as DYSTOPIAN literature.  

Winners must come by the library prior to closing on Friday, December 20, 2013 to collect their prizes.

Stay tuned for the next ReelTalk contest!

 Faculty & Staff: Students:
Ms. Tiffany Hayes Harley Andrade
Ms. Becky Seitsinger Donald MacPhail
Ms. Joanne Trclky James Smith

Friday, December 13, 2013

COMIC: The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell

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In an exploration of "The Gettysburg Address" titled The Gettysburg Address: A Graphic AdaptationJonathan Hennessey and Aaron McConnell attempt - among other things - to address the question why “Four Score and Seven Years Ago.” For more details, click HERE.

The following excerpt just begins to expose the complexity of the problem. If you're unable to view this image, then click HERE.

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Thursday, December 12, 2013

Student Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, ctd.

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I would totes recommend Thirteen Reasons Why because it is a new take on the way teens view their actions. It teaches the reader a lesson about how their actions don’t just affect themselves, but also the others around them. This book is about how people’s careless actions can cause great tragedy and hurt in the lives of other. You would like this book if you like… mystery and suspense.

- Kailey, RRHS Student

Monday, December 9, 2013

ReelTalk CONTEST: From Books to Movies - December 2013

In order to be eligible for a fabulous prizes, you must complete the following activity.

  • Step #1: Watch the video.
  • Step #2: Figure out what feature these movies all have in common.

On Monday, December 16, 2013, the library staff will select from the pool of applicants who answered correctly.

Good luck!

Thursday, December 5, 2013

The 22nd Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest is now accepting submissions

Submit Your Entry To:

Short Story Contest, PO Box 49066, Austin, TX 78765


Submissions must be postmarked by December 11, 2013.


$1,500 to be divided among the five winners. Manuscript to be published in early winter in The Austin Chronicle.

For rules, regulations, and previous winners, click HERE.

Student Review: Artemis Fowl Series by Eoin Colfer

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This series follows the young genius Artemis Fowl through various encounters with assorted mythical creatures. Eoin Colfer’s creativity really shines through this series. These books have an interesting plot and a new take on old myths. You would like these books if you like… the Harry Potter Series.

- Alex, RRHS Student

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Guest Review: Saints (Boxers & Saints) by Gene Luen Yang

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Four-Girl, left without a real name by her family because of her gender and birth order, wants nothing more than the approval of her grandfather. When her schemes to gain his favor fall flat, she goes to the other extreme: she shall become a devil. Allying herself with the "foreign devil" Christian religion which is making inroads in her area, she becomes further alienated from her family when she is baptized and takes the name Vibiana. The beating she receives at her cousin's hand finally drives her away, traveling with a missionary to a larger town. There, she works with orphans at the church, and has visions of Joan d'Arc, who speaks to her about her life as it progresses in parallel to Vibiana's. Vibiana takes inspiration from the Maid of Orleans, and when the Boxer Rebellion draws near, she is determined to become a maiden-warrior herself. As the assault overruns the town, she sees how Joan's life as a warrior comes to an end. In a final turning of the other cheek, Vibiana attempts to give her executioner something of value before she is slain and succeeds. I recommend Saints, on its own or as a companion to Boxers because the characters are honestly written, with motivations laid bare and their humanity intact, which is far more satisfying and realistic than a more Manichean portrayal could hope to be. Long a punchline in terms of boring and irrelevant history lessons, the Boxer Rebellion comes alive in all its complex, morally conflicted dimensions. As a work of sequential art, Saints is not flashy or burdened by unnecessary detail. Panel layouts are conventional, but not rigid, and use a panel border which suggests the humane unevenness of a calligraphic brush. The pencils and pens are classic Yang: sharp and expressive, and while not realistic, never veering into the overtly cartoonish. The bleakness of the life Four-Girl flees, as well as the bleakness of the life she finds as Vibiana, are emphasized by the flat, sepia greyscale, which itself serves to emphasize the inviting golden glow of the visions she has of Joan d'Arc. You would like this book if you like… Jerusalem: A Family Portrait, A Chinese Life, Koko Be Good, Rashomon, In a Groove, or Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths.

- RET3, Guest Blogger

Monday, November 25, 2013

'Twas some night during The Holidays...

‘Twas some night during The Holidays, and all through the house
I’d read every book I’d laid eyes on, even Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

You’ve seen the displays in stores since school started. You’ve heard the music since the trick-or-treaters called it a night. Now the weather has turned, and reality is setting in: you’re about to get to spend some much-deserved time away from school be forced to spend days and even weeks apart from your beloved library.

Oh, it might seem fun at first, but after the turkey & pie are in the fridge, the dreidel’s all spun out, the holiday specials’ credits roll, the gifts are given, and/or the candles are lit,  you’re going to want to settle your brain for a long winter’s read. There may be new instruction manuals around, but those don’t really offer the sort of literary edification you’re looking for. You could make the miles-long trek uphill both ways in the lack of snow to your campus library, but you’d find it locked tight and bereft of friendly librarians. What is a would-be reader to do when the mercury drops, the nights grow long, and there’s not so much as a cereal box that you haven’t read thoroughly?

While your librarians are nestled all snug in their beds, with visions of card catalogs dancing in their heads, their electronic proxies on Follet Shelf are wide awake, toiling like pointy-eared cyber-elves to find, recommend, and deliver eBooks to you wherever you can find an internet connection.

Here’s how:

- RET3, Guest Blogger

Friday, November 22, 2013

Comic: 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, illustrated by Terry Denton.

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Student Review: The Fault in Our Stars by John Green, ctd.

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The Fault In Our Stars was about a teenage girl named .......... who while having cancer would attend these youth groups led by a cancer survivor in hopes to help young adults feel better about their situation. At one of the youth group meetings she met a young man named Augustus who shortly became a big part of her life. I would certainly recommend this book because it is different than anything I've ever read. It's beautiful but it also has a dark tent to it. I think this is a book that everyone should at least read once in their life time. You would certainly like this book if... you're into love stories or if you've ever liked any other book by John Green.

- Doraezha, RRHS Student

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Rations, Hula Hoops, & Pink Ladies

As part of the year-long celebration of One Hundred Years of RRHS, the library hosted "Rations, Hula Hoops, & Pink Ladies" yesterday. The staff were dressed in attire inspired by the 1940s and 1950s , and students dropped by to take pictures in the photo booth, participate in a hula hoop contest, play 1940s bingo, complete a WWII crossword puzzle, watch episodes of Lavern & Shirley, and "buy" candy from the era using ration stamps. 

Even Principal Nichols couldn't resist this bit of retro-cool fun!!!

Thursday, November 14, 2013

International Games Day @ your Library: Saturday, November 16th

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Because, libraries are about so much more than just books, over than one thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of International Games Day @ your library (IGBD). This event is a world-wide, volunteer-run free event that is sponsored by the American Library Association in order to reconnect communities around all types of games through their libraries. In fact:

"The Round Rock Public Library will join hundreds of libraries throughout the country... for the sixth annual celebration....

Like so many other libraries across the country and around the world, the Round Rock Public Library will offer special gaming programs and events suitable for the whole family.


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  • 11:00 AM to Noon -- Hula-Hoop demonstration, Main St Plaza (opposite the Library)
  • 2:00 to 3:00 PM -- Author Ernest Cline will talk about his best-selling book,Ready Player One
  • Noon to 5:00 PM -- Retro video gaming by Game Over Videogames: Joust, Pac Man, Asteroids, Pitfall and many more
  • 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM -- Board and video games in the Library gallery

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Student Review: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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J.R.R. Tolkien is a great fantasy author. From having a evening cup of tea with the halfling, Bilbo Baggins, to slaying orcs and battling the dragon Smaug with dwarfs at your side. The Hobbit is an exciting and addicting book to read. You will never get enough of it!! Regardless if you have read The Lord of the Rings series you will love this book. You would like this book if you like… fantasy, The Lord of the Rings.

- Hunter, RRHS Student

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

One Book One Community: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

As part of the district's centennial celebrations, all RRISD libraries are supporting One Book, One Community - for which the entire district is reading Wonder by R.J. Palacio. Your library received copies of the book to promote its reading by interested Dragons. 

In fact, Assistant Dance Director, Tiffanie Harrison sent the following word of thanks to express the powerful impact of this novel:

"Just wanted to say thank you for introducing 
[the Dragonettes] to Wonder!

Our team has recently been working to realize both the positive and negative weight that our words can carry and I feel that Wonder could not have come to us at a more 
perfect time.

We started our read aloud today with a PJ Party and will continue to read as a team over the next few weeks. 
The book has already sparked some great discussion...."

One Book, One Community will culminate in an author visit on February 10th - at which time, students from across this district will have the opportunity to hear Ms. Palacio speak.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Interview: The Lair by Emily McKay

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In an interview with KUT, local author Emily McKay explains the world that she created in her post-apocalyptic horror, The Farm - a future in which "children are groomed to feed wild vampire-like beasts." Moreover, "good guys ... are bad guys, bad guys ... retain a touch of humanity, and a few characters [are] primed to save the world." As this world continues to unfold in the second book of the trilogy, The Lair, McKay strives to challenge her readers to question the robust nature of their own internal moral compasses in the face of a desperation to survive betrayals from both within and without. MORE

Friday, November 8, 2013

Comic: Ex-heroes by Peter Clines

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Ex-heroes, by Peter Clines.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Ode To Librarians

Student Review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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I <3 Stephen Chbosky and you will too! Put yourself into Charlie’s life and follow him through his new world in high school. Get to know Sam and Patrick as well as Charlie does, as they help Charlie come out of his shell and form into himself through the struggle of high school. You would like this book if you like… 13 Reasons Why.

- Hailey, RRHS Student

Monday, November 4, 2013

Don't do the crime, if you can't do the time!

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A Texas man was arrested last week for failing to return a three-year overdue library book. Albeit the judge acknowledged that "[n]obody wants to get arrested over a library book. The other side of that is people that go to [the] library and can’t have these materials, they’re put out too,” In the end, a copy of the overdue book was found back on the shelf .... with the perpetrator's library card inside. MORE

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Happy Halloween from the RRHS Creative Writing Club

Using the ghoulish, frightening, and fun upcoming holiday, Halloween, for inspiration the Round Rock Creative Writing Club completed terrifyingly terrific Halloween short stories, poems and more in the month of October.  Below you will find excerpts of such writings.

“...Either there’s a purpose hidden within her seventh period calculus class, or she’s actually in hell. Or maybe it’s just some cruel twist of fate. She could be merely a cosmic plaything. If so, then nothing she does matters… but if not, maybe there’s a way to get out. Maybe she’ll actually be able to go trick-or-treating tonight, though the prospect of leaving calculus holds far greater meaning than Halloween...”
- From “Ninety Minutes” by Erin Vines

“It started with the ones who had weakened immune systems. Something in their genetics changed, and by now anyone who could have said what changed is dead. Once they changed, they could transmit the condition through physical contact. At first, the only end result was heart failure - which seemed pretty final at the time. But the dead weren’t dead for long. Soon, those with stopped hearts tore themselves from their graves and-“

“Jake! Stop thinking aloud. Your habit of narrating history is getting really annoying.”“Sorry! I was just writing down what happened.”“Why write it down, there’s no one left to read it.”“There could be.”“There isn’t.”

     I sighed. Kristy didn’t like that I decided to keep a journal of everything that’s happened so far. I thought I’d write it down because maybe, if the human race survives, they will be able to learn from our mistakes. But as each day passes, that seems less and less likely. I looked over at Kris. She was checking the bullets left in our shotguns, for what was probably the third time in the past two hours. I thought it was a nervous habit, but she never talked about it. She had a good reason to. She’d lost her parents too, but, unlike me, she’d acted quickly before they could contaminate her little brother. Speaking of whom …”
- From “A Disease” by Delaney Haig

“Her face was wrong. She knew it. Some indefinable glitch existed within her wide eyes. A fault with the blushing mouth. Knowledge of the flaws lured her troubled mind into constant insecurity. The girl absentmindedly clawed at the eyes, yearning to extract them from their set place. Her lips were gnawed upon, blistering the tinted surface. She was in a perpetual state of disintegration. And no one heard her muted cry.”
From “The Fault in Her Eyes” by Zainab Monk

If you are interested in reading more, visit the club's website where you will find links to the writers’ bios and blogs as well as writings produced by club members.  The club meets Mondays at 4:15 PM in Room 114, and its next project is National Novel Writing Month. Your library is proud to support the RRHS Creative Writing Club by assisting to secure authors for upcoming writing workshops.

Coins for Coats, Ctd.

Congratulations, RRHS!  We collected over $606.00 this year (compared to $283.00 last year)!  Thank you all for helping provide coats for needy kids.

The results of the 3rd Period Collection Contest are as follows:

First Place: Ms. Loren Hill (Pizza Party & iPod Touch)
Second Place : Mr. Scott McDonald (Candy Party & $20 Gift Card)
Third Place: Ms. Melinda Norris

Thank you so much to everyone who participated or contributed.
RRHS Rocks!!!  :-)

Monday, October 28, 2013

National Writing Month (NaNoWriMo): November 1-30

NaNoWriMo is an annual internet-based creative writing project that started in July 1999 with just 21 participants. It takes place every November and challenges people from around the world to write 50,000 words of a new novel by the end of the month. The project's goal is to empower participants to conquer the blank page and write through the end of a first draft, which can then be edited if they so desire. By the 2010 event, more than 200,000 people took part, writing a total of over 2.8 billion words.

So... Ready to Write a Novel?
  • First, sign up!
  • Then, write a novel between November 1 and 30.
  • Next, track your progress.
After registering you can post profiles and information about your novel, meet fellow writers, and find support. 

For more information, click HERE.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Texas Book Festival: October 26 - 27, 2013

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The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by First Lady Laura Bush and Mary Margaret Farabee to honor Texas authors, promote the joys of reading, and serve to benefit the state’s public libraries. The annual event takes place in and around the State Capitol in Austin and hosts more than 230 authors each year. Over 40,000 attend the Festival annually - enjoying author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, YA authors, children’s activities, and exhibiting vendors from across the state. Moreover, the festival has partnered with others to 
present quality programming to Texans and has                                                                              
donated more than $2.5 million to Texas libraries 
over the past seventeen years.
When:  October 26- 27, 2013
Where: Austin, Texas at the State Capitol and surrounding grounds 
2013 Book Festival will showcase: 
• 225-plus authors at book readings, signings, and panel discussions 
• 80-plus exhibitor booths and food vendors 
• 15-plus themed tents including cooking, children’s entertainment, and more 
• 10-plus live music performances 
• 1,000-plus dedicated volunteers 
• 40,000-plus attendees from all over the world
• Contributed more than $2.5 million in total grants to nearly 600 libraries 
• Donated 48,965 books to kids at Title I schools 
• Established itself as one of the premier literary events in the country 
• Partnered actively with other organizations to foster a culture of literacy in Texas 

For more information, click HERE

Contest: Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

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See Follett's interview with Veronica Roth and enter to win her best-selling trilogy
Allegiant, the final book in the New York Times best-selling Divergent Series from HarperCollins, will be released on October 22nd. See what Veronica Roth has to say about her series, being an author, and what’s next in an exclusive interview. Look for the film debut of Divergent on the big screen, March 2014.

Want to win the full Divergent 3-book set? Just "like" Follett on Facebook, choose your faction, and explain why. One winner will be chosen from each faction. Those who are Divergent will be eliminated.

Enter to win on Facebook! | See the interview

Friday, October 18, 2013

Moonshine, Mobsters, & the New Deal: '20s & '30s Celebration

This school year is not only the district’s centennial but also that of our school. To mark this occasion, your library’s theme is 100 Years of RRHS: 1913 - 2013 and will serve as a motif for programs throughout the year. Next Friday - October 25th - we will host the first of our decades celebrations; we will fĂȘte the Jazz Age with a library speakeasy, photo booth, period candies, games, prizes, and contests. So stop on by; we'll be expecting you!

Comic: Fiction

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Reading Agency's Annual Lecture on the Future of Reading and Libraries

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On Monday, October 14 at the Barbican in London, Neil Gaiman delivered the Reading Agency's annual lecture on the future of reading and libraries, making "an impassioned plea for people to understand what libraries and librarians are, and to preserve both of these things" because "[w]e have an obligation to imagine...." MORE

Student Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams

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Richard Adams artfully crafts an imaginative, entertaining story out of nothing but a warren of rabbits. This story includes plenty of action and suspense through a quality plot and a unique writing style. This book is a good read that adapts to most every age group. You would like this book if you like… Redwall by Brian Jacques.

- Berkeley, RRHS Student

Monday, October 14, 2013

Teen Read Week: October 13-19, 2013, ctd.

In conjunction with Teen Read WeekYALSA has created an online campaign to raise awareness of the important role libraries play in developing and mastering critical literacy skills.  We need your help in getting the word out about it!  We are using a platform called Thunderclap to flood Twitter and Facebook with our ‘take action to support teen literacy & libraries’ message.  Thunderclap allows people to pledge a Twitter, Tumblr, or Facebook message that is unleashed at the same time.  It’s completely safe and will automatically post exactly one message on your behalf at 1PM, eastern, on Oct. 19.  The message has been pre-created by YALSA and says: “Teen Read Week is ur chance 2 support teen #literacy & #libraries! Check out these 10 easy ways 2 take action!

Here's how to join the Thunderclap:
  • Click on this link
  • Choose TwitterFacebook and/or Tumblr
  • From the new screen, log into your TwitterFacebook and/or Tumblr account
  • That’s it!  You can opt to share the Thunderclap with others (please do!), or just close the box
Be sure to sign up for the Thunderclap by no later than noon, eastern, on Oct. 19th.  To learn more about Teen Read Week, visit

Batty Bibliophiles: Assistant Librarian, Kumza

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Just when you thought the RRHS Librarians were eccentric for making deliveries on  Book+Mo+Trike... " a children’s library in the Russian city Novorossiysk just brought in a new employee: a cat by the name of "Kuzma." 

To read more, clickHERE.