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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!

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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.

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Teen Read Week: October 13-19, 2013

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Today marks the beginning of the 2013 Teen Read Week.

Teen Read Week™ is a national adolescent literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). It began in 1998 and is held annually during the third week of October. Its purpose is to encourage teens to be regular readers and library users.

Teen Read Week's sub-theme for this year is Seek the Unknown @ your library, which encourages teens to explore and learn about the unknown through mystery, adventure, sci-fi, and fantasy books.

Read more and become involved HERE.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Comic: Crap Kingdom by D. C. Pierson

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Crap Kingdom, by D. C. Pierson.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Student Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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Before I read Looking for Alaska I had very little background information, but I believe that’s why I became so engaged. Pudge starts his junior year of high school with a new campus and roommate. Pudge’s parents always warn him not to indulge himself in inappropriate behavior which foreshadows future events. Pudge falls for a young girl named Alaska, but after a night of too much to drink, somethings goes terribly wrong. You would like this book if you like… romance & mystery.

- Kelsey, RRHS Student

Friday, October 4, 2013

Comic: The Well of Ascension by Brandon Sanderson

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of The Well of Ascension, by Brandon Sanderson.

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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Student Review: Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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If you love mysteries, I encourage you to read this book. A young girl commits suicide. Already pretty crazy right? So this girl named Hannah kills herself and before she does that she records audio tapes of her motives on why she committed suicide. Each audio tape tells a story about a person and what they’ve done to Hannah and now this guy named Clay has the tapes and he has no idea why he’s freaking out about everything and contemplating his & Hannah’s lives. You would like this book if you like… suicides or love mysteries.

- Sean, RRHS Student