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Friday, May 31, 2013

Comic: Great Pacific by Joe Harris & Martin Morazzo

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Great Pacific, by Martin Morazzo.
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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Student Review: Crank by Ellen Hopkins

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Ellen Hopkins, a writer that writes in poetry form. Her words aren't aligned perfectly. It isn't boring writing, it’s fun to read. A perfect girl in school who was quiet and never in trouble. Until, she went to go see her dad. Kristina was “replaced” with Bree, a complete opposite. A Boy introduced her to the monster: crank. Then, Kristina begins to struggle, even with her mind. You would like this book if you like...Tricks, Ice, Burned, or Impulse.

- Samantha, RRHS Student (Spring 2013)

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Modern Adaptation: The Lizzie Bennett Diaries

Re-posted from The DishMay 26, 2013 @ 4:46 PM

Olivia Rosane reviews the Lizzie Bennet Diariesa popular web series adaptation of Pride and Prejudice:
Watching a story that has survived two centuries play out over new media is an assurance that something of our humanity remains constant between the world of quills and parchment and the world of styluses and screens. We will still judge each other based on first impressions. We will still have embarrassing families. A combination of money and reserve will make you seem like a huge jerk to everyone who doesn’t know you well. But more than that, watching a serialized adaptation of a story we all know takes the edge off our suspense. No matter how disturbing some developments may be, (Spoiler alert: in this version, in stead of running off with Lydia under the false pretense of an elopement, Wickham plans to publish a sex tape of Lydia online without her consent) we know the end is happy. We keep watching not to know what will happen, but how it will.
She adds:
Jane Austen’s internet success isn’t so surprising. She is, after all, one of those few authors who live on as both a pop-cultural phenomenon and a dissertation topic. In fact, given her talent for snarky dialogue, Austen and the internet seem like a perfect match. For what do we use social media, after all, but to make sport for our neighbors, and laugh at them in our turn?

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Interview: Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

Teacher Book Club

Teachers, join us for the 2013-14 Teacher Book Club and you will get FREE BOOKS!  We have chosen 6 titles (one per grading period).  We will be giving you the first three books before you leave for the summer, so you will have plenty of time to read them. These books are yours to keep, as long as you attend the discussion club meetings.

We will meet once each grading period to discuss the book, and we will provide snacks related to the book we are reading.  This should be a lot of fun!  We will also discuss some techniques for you to use to help students with reading comprehension.  Our goal is to provide you with books  that will help you connect with your students and and tools to use in your classroom.  

You will receive one hour of Professional Development for each discussion group you attend.  Meetings will be held after school from 4:30-5:30 PM - day of the week TBD.

Please let us know if you would like to join us and we will set your books aside for you to pick up at your convenience.  The first three titles are:
We look forward to reading with you!!

Follett Shelf

Dead-tree editions of written works have many useful features: you can highlight them (unless it’s a library book), take notes in the margins (unless it’s a library book), dog-ear pages (unless it’s a library book), use them to compress and dry flowers (unless it’s a library book), or build a fort out of them (unless they’re library books...and who could fit in a five-book fort, anyhow?). Come to think of it, the conventional library book may not always meet your needs, and once Summer arrives, you can’t even check one out from your RRHS Library - even if your hamster does require literary fortifications.

However, while their paper brethren are getting their beauty sleep, a tireless army of sophisticated electro-mechanical automatons stand at the ready, awaiting your command to seek out the book you desire and blast it through the internet to a reading device of your choice! Between trips to the movies, mall, pool, froyo joint, and the many other worthy air-conditioned pursuits the summer demands, FollettShelf can be as close as your smartphone, tablet, or computer - ready to cure those moments of summertime blues with prose of a much higher quality than you are likely to find on KikFaceTwitSpace.

I, for one, welcome our new eBook overlords.

- RET3, Guest Blogger

Monday, May 20, 2013

Cynthia Leitich Smith @ RRPL

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The Round Rock Public Library (RRPL) will host a Teen Book Club meeting on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM in Meeting Room B.  The library is excited to have the opportunity to meet top-selling YA author Cynthia Leitich Smith, discuss her book Tantalizeand hear about her new book - Feral Nights.  For more information, please contact Jane Dance, (512) 218-7012.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Comic: MacDonald Hall by Gordon Korman

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of MacDonald Hall, by Gordon Korman.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

YAB Fest 2013, ctd.

YAB Fest 2013 is a wrap!  Thank you for coming out to support this event, and if you have any ideas resulting from your experience please submit them at

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Student Review: Falling Under by Gwen Hayes

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Form an addition to this page turner as Theia Alderson dreams of another world and of a man she falls in love with. Discover how Theia’s dream becomes a reality as he is faced with having to fight for her friends, life, and her home. With unexpected twists, this book will keep you on the edge of your seat! You would like this book if you like forbidden love and demons.

- Katy, RRHS Student (Spring 2013)

Monday, May 6, 2013

Beneath The Surface - Summer Reading Program

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The 2013 theme for the Teen Summer Reading Program at Round Rock Public Library (RRPL) is Beneath The Surface and will begin June 5 and run through Aug. 5, 2013. As part of the program, teens will be able to receive coupons and earn prizes at all levels. In order to progress past the first level of the Summer Reading Program, readers will need a valid RRPL card with zero fines.  A 3-month card is just $7 for those that may want to purchase one. The grand prize drawing will be for  Kindle Fire, and other prizes will be donated from local businesses!  Finally, there will also be weekly teen programs (PDF). For more information, click HERE.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Graphics Collection Update

In days of yore, when schools located on hills in the morning and in valleys in the afternoon were accessible only by foot, and the world was a benighted place yet to be illuminated by the soft glow of iThings, it was not uncommon for a student to fight the ennui of a pre-social media existence by secretly enjoying a comic book smuggled from home and cleverly hidden between the pages of their assigned reading.

But no more! You, fortunate modern student, now have access to scores of brand-new, exciting, critically-acclaimed graphic novels right in your library, most of which are far too large to secret away behind any textbook, no matter how nearsighted you think your teacher may be.

Now, some of you are no doubt rolling your eyes in that exasperated way which says both “I was into rolling my eyes before it got big” and “Superheroes are so lame and unrealistic and played-out and fuddy-duddy, etc., etc.” You will be pleased to the point of squee (or non-squee, if you’re not into squee this week) to know that our newest additions carry the Edna Mode “No Capes!” Seal of Approval. Which is to say, that while this crop of sequential art is chock-full of tales set in worlds ranging from the far past to an alternate present to the distant future, most are about very recognizable times and places, except they have speech balloons.

In addition to these works of fiction, we now bring you a burgeoning suite of graphic NON-fiction. Works of memoir, history, sci-non-fi, current events, and even the hard-to-think-about category of graphic nonfiction about graphic fiction can be checked out at your leisure. And because they are not only comics, but also nonfiction books which often have their own bibliographies, you might just get to experience the subversive thrill of citing a comic book in your next research assignment.

- RET3, Guest Blogger

Free Comic Book Day 2013

Although you can read and check out comics of all sorts from your library here on campus at no charge, you have to bring them back unless you want the librarians to send the bounty hunter Biblio Fett after you. This Saturday, May 4, 2013 is Free Comic Book Day, the best holiday this side of Talk Like a Pirate Day, when comic book stores across the nation will be throwing open their doors to just give comics away! Go to to find participating comic shops.