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Friday, December 12, 2014

December SAT/ACT Mini-prep in the Library

Today the RRHS Librarians held our second monthly SAT/ACT Prep Mini-session in the Library.  We offer the students tips and tricks for acing the SAT and ACT. Today we used our iPads to have the students register for and start using the SAT Up app.  We will be holding 2 sessions in January (16th and 30th) and 2 sessions in February (6th and 20th) to provide assistance to the students who will be taking the SAT in February.  We have also created a BlendSpace page for students to access all of the all the resources we are compiling.

Parody: Lord of the Crumbs (with apologies to Lord of the Rings by J. R.R. Tolkien)

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

ALA helps TNT promote The Librarians

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According to the December 5th edition of American Libraries Direct...

American Library Association (ALA) has partnered with the TNT network to help promote its new series The Librarians, which premieres December 7. The show (trailer, 2:16) is about an ancient organization of librarians responsible for protecting the world’s greatest magical relics (like Excalibur) stored beneath the fictional Metropolitan Public Library. ALA helped TNT find six adventurous librarians to highlight on the show’s website and social media channels: They are Liana Juliano, Felton Thomas (above), Henry Mendelsohn, Jessica Zaker, Audrey Barbakoff, and Aaron Schmidt. ALA President Courtney Young attended a premiere party for the show in New York City on December 3 to present one of the stars, Christian Kane, with an honorary ALA membership. Kane promotes libraries in this video PSA (0:54).

Book Review: Unspoken (The Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan

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This book has become one of my favorite books so far! Sarah Rees Brennan has some of the best books in supernatural in my opinion.  This book will keep you asking questions and at the edge of your seat to see what happens next! With family secrets kept for years, supernatural powers and unsuspecting killings, this will be one of the best books you will read! Go get it now! You would like this book if you like… supernatural & suspense.

- Mayra, RRHS Student

Monday, December 8, 2014

Free SAT/ACT Prep Mini-Session!

Join us in the Library 
Friday, December 12th 
during all 3 lunches 
for a SAT/ACT Mini Prep!

Bring your lunch and join us for 30 minutes of tips and tricks for acing the SAT/ACT Test!

These sessions will be offered once each month to support the library's annual theme of Round Rock 101: Education for Life.
Through this theme, we'll emphasize the need to continue learning even AFTER high school - whether that entails matriculating at a university, attending a community college, joining the military, studying a trade, or blazing an entirely new path. Consequently, the library is encouraging and tracking student participation in various campus and local activities that prepare students for post-secondary learning (e.g. RRISD College Fair, college visits, academy activities, etc.) through targeted library programming.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Comic: Shoplifter by Michael Cho

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Shoplifter, by Michael Cho.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Student Review: Safe At Second

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Safe At Second by Scott Johnson might be the best book I’ve read in my life.  It is filled with drama and excitement throughout the story. It is also a great book for sports fanatics like me being that it is about baseball. So wait no longer and check this book out; you won’t regret it. You would like this book if you like… baseball, sports and books by Scott Johnson.

- Bryan, RRHS Student

Monday, November 10, 2014

Free SAT/ACT Prep Mini-Session

Join us in the Library Friday, November 14th during all 3 lunches for a SAT/ACT Mini Prep!

Bring your lunch and join us for 30 minutes of tips and tricks for acing the SAT/ACT Test!

These sessions will be offered once each month to support the library's annual theme of Round Rock 101: Education for Life.

Through this theme, we'll emphasize the need to continue learning even AFTER high school - whether that entails matriculating at a university, attending a community college, joining the military, studying a trade, or blazing an entirely new path. Consequently, the library is encouraging and tracking student participation in various campus and local activities that prepare students for post-secondary learning (e.g. RRISD College Fair, college visits, academy activities, etc.) through targeted library programming.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

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

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky is great for people who enjoy reading about real life events that some teenage students go through. The main character, Charlie, goes through insecurities, family problems, grades, friends, drugs, alcohol, and crushes. These are all things most people can relate to. You would like this book if you like… 13 Reasons Why.

- Jenni, RRHS Student

Friday, October 31, 2014

Comic: Anno Dracula by Kim Newman

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Student Review: This Song will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

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A girl named Elise Dembowski tries to change herself growing up as a child so that people will like her. She tried everything--reading magazines searching the web--but still no one seemed to like her. One day, she decides she wants to kill herself so she finds her father's Exacto knife on the table and goes to the bathroom and slits her wrist. People then made a website or a diary. Later she discovers a club named Start and meets new people where she feels she can get away from school when she's around them. She also falls in love with a DJ and later starts DJing herself. Later in the book, she realized the girl who called the ambulance saved her life because she did not want to die - that nothing in her life would have happened if she wasn't alive. Another thing she realized is that changing yourself to become someone you're not is not going to get you anywhere because people will not like you either way because they will always want you to be someone you're not. I recommend this book because it is a life changing book, and it has some parts of the book that are involved with people's lives. You would like this book if you like stories or life events.

- Esperanza, RRHS Student

Monday, October 27, 2014

2014 Coins for Coats Drive

Winter Is Coming.

Even though the mercury still flirts with 90 here in the fading days of October, rest assured: winter is coming. But long before the longest night of the year marks the start of the sidereal season, temperatures will drop. And even if we can be reasonably certain that our Haunnukawaznsmas won’t be white, it won’t be long before the winds howl and any chance of precipitation makes weekday mornings a vigil awaiting a school delay or cancellation. Fortunately, most will be well-insulated at the bus stop or hustling between buildings by toasty winter gear: dashing scarves, cute earmuffs, stylish gloves, and most of all, a warm, weather-busting coat.

But not all will be so snug as bugs in proverbial rugs.

Some will feel the bite of the wind and any polar vortices that spin our way more than they should. We can, however, do something about that: this
Coins for Coats drive is in its final few days, but you can still help! Along with the rest of your 6th period class, shake the sofa cushions and entreat your friends and neighbors to help raise funds to purchase coats to be distributed through the Round Rock Area Serving Center to RRISD students who need them. In the process, earn an entry for a drawing to win a donut party for your class (and an Amazon gift card for your beloved instructor) for each $10 y’all raise.

- RET3, Guest Blogger

Friday, October 24, 2014

Comic: Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Monster on the Hill, by Rob Harrell.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

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Texas Book Festival: October 25-26

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The Texas Book Festival was established in 1995 by then 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. This annual celebration is one of the premier literary events in the country, takes place in and around the State Capitol in Austin, and hosts hundreds of authors each year. Participants enjoy author readings and presentations, panel discussions, book signings, cooking demonstrations, live music, local food, and exhibiting vendors from across the state. Moreover, the festival, a nonprofit corporation, is a 501(c) (3) organization that has partnered with others to present quality programming to Texans and has donated more than $2 million to Texas libraries over the years.

For more information, visit the festival's web site and stay abreast of news via the Lit Blog.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Texas Teen Book Festival: Saturday, October 18, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM

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This year marks the 5th anniversary of the Texas Teen Book Festival which began its life in 2009 at Westlake High School under the guise of the Austin Teen Book Festival and has, since then, grown to such excess that it was moved from the high school, to the Palmer Events Center, to the Austin Convention Center, and now to its newest home--St. Edward’s University. The festival aims to foster "a community effort to celebrate and promote reading and writing by connecting teens to local and award-winning authors, whose writing spans across genres and interest levels."  

This year's keynote speaker is James Dashner of The Maze Runner fame, the featured author is Scott Westerfeld, the gameshow headliner is Marie Lu, and the closing speaker is Lauren Oliver.  Moreover, there are lunch speakers and a blackout poetry writing workshop in addition to panel discussions.  In short, Saturday's festival promises to be the best yet.  For more details, click HERE

Student Review: Dear Life, You Suck by Scott Blagden, ctd.

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This 17 year old boy, who lives in an orphanage with these nuns, is constantly getting himself into trouble with fights at school and associating with the wrong kinds of people. Unfortunately, he's about to turn 18 and doesn't have the option of staying at the orphanage any longer but with a caretaker who sees his ability to become a professional boxer, a friend who wants to expand his not so legal business, and a teacher who sees his talented writing, his options are piling up. I would recommend this book more towards boys because it comes from the perspective of a boy. But also with a bit of romance involved, the girls could enjoy seeing the view point from a boy's perspective. You would like this book if you like… The Probability of Miracles.

- Estrella, RRHS Student

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Student Review: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

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May 1943, Louis Zamperini and the rest of his crew were hurtling straight towards the waters of the Pacific Ocean, trapped inside the burning shell of a heavily damaged B-24 bomber. Seconds later, impact. Louis and the others in the crew fought to get another breath of air, untangling themselves from the coils of wires and escaping from shards of metal. Only Louis and two others survived.

So began the trials of Louis Zamperini. As a child, he was a mischievous boy, burglarizing homes, running away from his own home, and always getting into fights. As a teen, he transferred all his defiance into something new: running. He ran his way through high school, setting records, earning a scholarship to USC in track, and qualifing for the Berlin Olympics. A prodigy, Louis made headlines across the nation calling attention to the young man’s success. It wouldn’t last.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, America was at war. Headlines and spotlights shifted away from Zamperini and focused on the ever-growing conflict of World War II. The Oslo Olympics were cancelled, and Louis had nothing to run for. Within the next few weeks, Lieutenant Zamperini enlisted to serve in the Armed Forces, leading to his dire situation, floating at sea on a small raft.

Thousands of miles of water surrounded Louis and the two others that had survived. As the days at sea went by, the machine gunner of the plane wilted, and died. It was just Louis and the plane’s pilot, known as ‘Phil’, left. They knew that one of them was next. After 47 days in the open waters, they were on a ship, sailing to shore. But it wasn't the salvation they so dearly wanted; the ship flew the Japanese flag, and it was headed to a Prisoner of War camp.

Follow Louis on a true World War II story of suffering, perseverance, courage, and the quest to remain Unbreakable.

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a good read. It is a very compelling story, and is written extremely well. It keeps the reader turning pages from beginning to end. The story in very inspiring as well, telling the tale of a man who has cheated death on countless occasions and persevered through the toughest of time to stay alive. It also educates the reader passively, taking the reader through the happenings of the war without boring them. It is a wonderful book, and is pretty much a must-read. You would like this book if you like… adventure and compelling stories. Also, it is a very inspirational book, and can certainly inspire you to persevere.

- Adithya, RRHS Student

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Student Review: The Sacrifice by Charlie Higson (Enemy Series #4)

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The Sacrifice is the fourth science fiction book in Charlie Higson’s The Enemy series. All of the books are set in a messed up world where all of the adults turn into zombie-like people that have a tendency to eat children. The Sacrifice is about children that live in London that try to survive in this world. Most of the children have formed independent groups that live together in a building, including the House of Parliament, a furniture store, or a museum, in order to survive isolated from the diseased adults. The main characters are Shadowman, Ed, Sam, and the Kid. They live in modern day London, and there is a disease that makes all of the adults want to eat children. The Enemy series is about the children trying to survive in this diseased world. Despite Ed’s protests, Sam and the Kid try to find Sam’s sister, Ella. Sam and the Kid go through the “forbidden zone” , which is full of diseased adults, to find Ella. After Ed finds out that Sam and the Kid have left, he enters the “forbidden zone” to try and find him. Meanwhile, Shadowman follows and elite group of zombies, called The Fear, to try to learn more about them. Shadowman attempts to warn other kids about how dangerous The Fear is, but no one listens to them. I would highly recommend this book. Higson kept the reader interested in the book at all times. There was never a point in the book where it was boring. After one group of adults attack Ed and his gang, another army of adults attack them. When Ed tries to escape the massive wave of vicious children-eating monsters, more adults block his exit. Every time Ed and his small army manage to conquer one obstacle, something else stands in their path. No matter how many adults Ed kills, more take their place. The Sacrifice is like a never-ending roller coaster. The action never stops. There are more than enough “zombies” to entertain the reader.

In addition to writing an action-packed book, Higson did a tremendous job of developing his characters. At times, the stupidity of the children will make the reader want to laugh out loud. Ed is smart and vicious when he is on a killing spree. On the other hand, Sam is hilariously dumb and could not kill a zombie to save his life. Without the Kid and the Kid’s quick thinking, Sam would be dead after the first few pages. Another character, Mad Matt, is another entertaining character. He has invented a stupid religion. Matt believes that the “Lamb”, who looks suspiciously like Sam, is a God, and shall save all of the children when the “Goat,” who looks like the Kid, is sacrificed. Matt has managed to convince hordes of kids that he is correct even though he is nuts. You would like this book if you like…fast-paced books with tons of blood and gore .

- Duy Nguyen, RRHS Student

BIMM, DIMM, and PIT -- Oh My!

Mrs. Pavone and Mrs. Taylor, our campus librarians, used a combination of different technologies to introduce the logistics of digital copyright protection to students in BIMM, DIMM, and PIT.

This lesson marked the maiden voyage of the iPads that the library received as part of the Next Generation Digital Classroom (NGDC) initiative. Mrs. Pavone and Mrs. Taylor combined the tablets with Blendspace, Google Drive, and WeVideo to provide a lesson that not only engaged the students but also allowed teachers to differentiate the instruction to meet students’ needs. Finally, because the entire lesson was platform agnostic, using online tools, students were able to work at their own pace...beyond the confines of the physical classroom...from anywhere they had Internet access.

Many students commented that they enjoyed the lesson and thought it was a lot better than last year’s, which was not nearly as interactive nor heavy in technology.

Monday, September 29, 2014

2014 College Fair & Book Give Away, Ctd.

English Teacaher, Jenine Wolfe, is the winner of the library's English Department Challenge for the recent RRISD College Night. Since she had the most students submit their participation forms for this event, she will be gifted with a class set of books.  Be sure to congratulate her on her prize.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Comic-Grasshopper Jungle: A History by Andrew Smith

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Grasshopper Jungle: A History, by Andrew Smith.

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 College Fair & Book Give Away

At some point between next Spring and Spring 2019 you, current Dragon scholar, will awake one morning to find yourself no longer a Dragon scholar! You will have become one of our honored alumni. Don’t plan to rest on those hard-earned laurels, though; by then, it will be time for you to get an even higher education.

Don’t wait until you launch that mortarboard though; start exploring your many options today!

Yes, even you, freshmen.

This Monday, September 22, from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM in the 1100 building, over 200 schools will be represented, each with someone ready to speak to you about your plans after your Dragon days are over.

Before you go, drop by your library or ask your English teacher for a signature form. Collect the signatures of eight College Fair representatives to pick a book from the librarians’ prize shelf!

- RET, Guest Blogger

Friday, September 12, 2014

Comic: Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Comic: The Three Little Wolves and The Big Bad Pig by Eugene Trivizas & Helen Oxenbury

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Student Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This book was a great book that took place back in the 1960s, and it would fall under the realistic fiction genre. The reason its falls under realistic fiction is because most of the events that occurred in the novel are real and believable, but some of them are not realistic.

The Finch’s live in a ghost town in the rural area of Alabama called Maycomb. The Finch family consisted of three people Jem (7), and Scout (6). Since they lived in a small town, they were able to make friends with everyone, except for Arthur (Boo) Radley. Legend has it that he killed his mom prior to Scout and Jem being born, and hasn’t come out of his house since. Meanwhile Atticus was a lawyer and a good one too. He was involved in a case with Tom Robinson, whom many accused of raping a girl, just because he was an African American, but you must read on to find out what happens with the case.

When I first started this book, it was a little bit confusing because of the time period in which it took place. I would suggest to Harper Lee to make the introduction better for younger audiences that haven’t experienced life in the 60s. But, after the first couple of chapters the story got interesting and kept me on my toes and wanting to read on. The reason I felt this way is because I could connect to some of the things Atticus would say to Scout or Jem, or relate to the things they did, such as build a tree house. 

Another great thing Harper Lee did was explain how life was in the 60s. She was able to show that blacks still haven’t gained all respect in the south, which helps readers of all ages figure what is happening and why. On the other hand a thing Lee could’ve improved on was explain what was happening during the trial case, and why. She could’ve used better words to explain what was happening in the moment to paint a better picture in the reader's mind.
This book is a great book for all ages. For the younger readers, it might be a little bit complicated because during the time period the book takes place in life is a whole different lifestyle than what is is today in 2014, but it’s great for the older readers that will understand the hard times humans had back in the day such as poverty.

All in all this is a great book, and I really enjoyed it. To Kill a Mockingbird really has everything from drama to fantasy. If you love to really enjoy your book, by being able to relate to things, then this is a great book for you.

- Andrew, RRHS Student

Friday, July 25, 2014

Comic: The Webcomics Handbook by Brad Guigar

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of The Webcomics Handbook, byBrad Guigar.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Student Review: The Number Devil by Hans Enzensberger, ctd.

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The Number Devil by: Hans Enzensberger is a children’s literature book about a boy named Robert who has twelve dreams that give him a better understanding of mathematics. Robert creates this imaginary man, the number devil, to help teach him about math. As Robert better understands math, he begins to enjoy it more and more.

Throughout Robert’s dreams he gains a better understanding of how to add, subtract, divide, and multiply all different kinds of numbers, like about hopping numbers, bonacci numbers, and triangle numbers. Each dream has a different location; for instance, one night they shrink to the size of bugs and are in a field of grass, and then the next night they are trapped in a cave. Though the setting is unpredictable the book's concepts build on each other becoming more complex each night.

The author did a very good job of teaching the reader all of the math in the book, but he rarely ever called the concept by its real name for instance I had to look up what he meant by bonaci numbers, and hopping numbers are really squared numbers. Another thing that bugged me is that the material in this book is at a ninth grade math level, but is written in a elementary reading level. The book’s plot line was weak because of this, it was too simple. I lost my interest to finish the book very quickly. The characters, the actions taking place, all of it was very childlike and irrational. It would have made a better book if it had a more in depth plot or on a higher reading level.

Although I did not enjoy this book, I think that many kids in elementary school who are in advanced placement or would like to learn more about math would love this book because it is so silly and unpredictable. Maybe even parents or teachers could read this book to their kids almost like tricking them into learning through an amusing story. You would like this book if you like… math and simple plot lines you will love this book.
- Kamy, RRHS Student

Friday, July 11, 2014

Comic: The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of The Cuckoo's Calling, by Robert Galbraith.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Student Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher, ctd.

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In a small town, a girl named Hannah kills herself, but prior to that she made 13 cassette tapes addressing the people that influenced her decision and could have helped. The story follows a boy who is terrified of why he is on the tapes that she made. It is very well written and really pulls you in with a great plot and very interesting characters. You would like this book if you like… Go Ask Alice.

- Thor, RRHS Student

Friday, June 27, 2014

Comic: Fatale by Jean-Patrick Manchette

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Fatale, by  Jean-Patrick Manchette.

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Student Review: The Number Devil - A Mathematical Adventure by Hans Magnus Enzensberger

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A young man named Robert was not seeing much importance in mathematics; his pretzel glutton teacher, Mr. Bockel, giving ridiculous problems to solve, and no remote fascination of its workings. However, Robert would have a series of twelve dreams that change his entire outlook on mathematics, along with where it resides. He is confronted by a slender, sly Number Devil, who introduces him to irrational numbers, infinite series, prime numbers, and fractals. The wonders and devilish-preciseness of mathematics is illuminated to Robert through bizarre, Alice-in-Wonderland-like visions. I highly advise other individuals to immerse themselves into this adventure. Those who may be in the same circumstance as Robert would especially be enlightened into how amazing mathematics are, despite how tarnished its image might be from teachers like Mr. Bockel. The Number Devil is also an unbearably enticing book for math fanciers, who spend time solving mental equations. This story has no genuine age distribution, as the knowledge is invaluable among all ages.

- Jacob, RRHS Student

Friday, June 13, 2014

Comic: Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it) by Gary Taubes

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Why We Get Fat (and what to do about it), by Gary Taubes.

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Comic: Bandette by Paul Tobin & Colleen Coover

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Student Review: Jumping Into C++ by Alex Allain

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     Jumping Into C++ is an expository book written about the computer programming language C++. The book revolves around the fundamental aspects of programming and teaches beginners how to program using one of the major languages. It is very accessible to people with little to no experience with computers who might shy away from reading it.
     Jumping Into C++ begins with Alex teaching you step by step how to download and install a compiler to help write and execute your own code. Immediately after, Alex jumps you into very basic fundamentals including If-Statements, Strings, and Variables. Within the first 10 pages Alex gives you enough information to create a simple calculator. As you delve deeper into the book, you will begin to understand the truly great features it provides. After every chapter there is a short mini-quiz to test yourself on the knowledge just recently taught, as well as sample code for you to practice and play with. To challenge your progressive knowledge of the material the book gives you challenges such as “Create the game Battleship.” Nearing the end of the book, you have more freedom to manipulate code with all of the functions and material you have learned.

     I highly recommend this book to any person wishing to learn more about programming or beginning to learn the language of C++. Alex was a teacher at Harvard University so his information and knowledge on the topic is very credible and extensive. Also, Alex being a teacher allows for easier connections to the reader and insight on how to overcome the difficult problems within the field. The literature within the book itself is not very hard, but you must learn some new vocabulary words that refer to programming. There are not many books regarding programming that are wildly relatable and easy to comprehend for novices, so this one is a diamond in the rough. The integration of sample code, quizzes, and practice problems gives opportunities for the many different types of learners to all understand the material at a solid level. If I could improve a single thing regarding the book it would be to give more extensive definitions regarding the new vocabulary words you look up. Some words in the book are glossed over fairly quickly without giving the reader a true understanding of what they mean. The book is fairly good at avoiding this, but you might have to look a few words up in order to comprehend easier.

     The ideal person to read this book is logistical, creative, and attentive to detail. Computer programmers are also very step-by-step due to technological limitations. As you will soon learn while reading this book, a computer will only do what it is told to do. This literal translation makes those attentive types have a much easier time in the early stages of programming. As you go on, your skills will develop however, and it becomes less and less of an issue. Another solid characteristic is to be good at problem solving. Within programming, you will encounter many circumstances where you might need to find an alternate solution, or utilize your knowledge to complete a problem in an uncommon way. 

     If you are uncertain whether or not you might like programming, I would certainly try it out. The skill is one of the greatest you can obtain in this generation and it gives you a deeper insight on how technology is created. I give this book my highest marks because it’s the one textbook you’ll enjoy to read, while learning a major real life application. Even if programming isn’t going to be your field of work, a basic understanding of it will help you immensely in many job environments. Especially with the world vastly increasing in terms of scientific power and technological advancements, the skill to program will become very valuable in the near future.

- Matthew, RRHS Student

Monday, May 12, 2014

Children's Book Week: May 12-18, 2014

Today marks the beginning of the 95th Children's Book Week - the longest-running national literacy initiative in the country. This annual celebration is administered by Every Child A Reader, and the Children's Book Council is an anchor sponsor.

The canonical image of children’s literature is the picturebook. Although RRHS students and faculty have long since moved on to more text-rich and challenging works, the picturebook still has much to offer even the seasoned reader . Picturebooks can be valuable tools for developing visual understanding at ALL levels.  Consequently, secondary educators can use them to introduce sophisticated concepts that students will later analyze in longer texts in a way that is more easily accessible while satisfying viewing and representation TEKS.

Each year, commemorative events are held nationwide at schools, libraries, bookstores, etc. Thus, in honor of this week, we invite dragons of all ages to peruse your library’s picturebook collection.

For more information about Children’s Book Week and its highlights click HERE.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Comic: Fatale by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips

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Friday, May 2, 2014

Say It With Your Chest


Round Rock High School (RRHS) sophomore published a book of spoken word.
Say It With Your Chest was chosen by publisher Red Orchid as one of their 30 Writer Career Launch contest works to publish. When it was selected, the publisher had no idea that the manuscript was written by a 16-year-old and had to quickly adapt their contract to accommodate a minor. In fact, publisher Melanny Henson called Lighteard’s prose “clean, engaging and brimming with heart,” and “felt it would appeal well to a broad audience.”

On Friday, May 2nd, the Round Rock High School Library celebrates the launch of Lighteard’s debut book, Say It With Your Chest! The celebration will include presentations each class period, during which time the author will be available for Q&A sessions, readings, and autographs. Books will be available to purchase and/or order. Students will have the opportunity to ask Lighteard about the writing and publishing process, as well as for tips for their own writing.

Monday, April 28, 2014

80s Celebration: National Library Week Observance

Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 1, the library will conclude its year-long celebration of 100 Years of Round Rock High School with a 1980s celebration in honor of National Library Week. Each day, there will be the 80s themed event detailed below during all lunches as well as candy and prizes! In addition, faculty who dress up in support of the theme can do so in the comfort of jeans. So, come out to the 1100 building, and join in the totally rad fun.

  • Monday: 80s Dance Lesson
  • Tuesday: Lip Sync Contest
  • Wednesday: Retro Photo Booth
  • Thursday: Video Game Contest 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Thursday, April 24, 2014