Friday, March 28, 2014

Comic: Get Jiro by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, & Langdon Foss

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Get Jiro, by Anthony Bourdain, Joel Rose, & Langdon Foss.

Comic from unshelved.com

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Student Review: Croak by Gina Damico

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Lex has hurt her last classmate; as a result, her parents send her to live with her Uncle Mort whom they think owns a farm but is actually a Grim Reaper. Lex has more power than most Grims, so she must keep it a secret from everyone. I would recommend this if you like books that are suspenseful and funny even in hard times.  You would like this book if you like… drama, dark humor, mystery, and death.

- Isaiah, RRHS Student

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

What's Your Style?

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The library was gifted the What's Your Style? series by Lerner Publishing Group as part of its "Free Book Friday" blog contest. Drop by to explore the books that are being heralded as

"... a fun mix of fashion and self-discovery, with a little DIY thrown in for good measure. The layout is magazine-like: slick and well designed, bright illustrations, numerous photos of clothing and celebrities, and even a multiple-choice quiz to help determine which style would best express the reader's individuality. Each book provides examples of famous people who model that particular look and also offers choices of colors, patterns, and styles to make that look work for the not-yet-a-celebrity reader. Makeup tips, hairstyle examples, and advice on choosing accessories to represent each style are also included.

Emphasis is placed on exploring options to find the best way to highlight the reader's own personal style. Creativity is also encouraged through various projects to craft accessories, like scarves or headbands. There are also ideas for refashioning shoes and clothing for a new look. Finally, the author provides a playlist of songs and suggestions for movies and television shows to suit the newly discovered fashion vibe." —VOYA

Friday, March 21, 2014

Comic: Here I AM by Patti Kim and Sonia Sanchez

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Here I AM, by Patti Kim and Sonia Sanchez.
Comic from unshelved.com

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Student Review: Divergent (Divergent #1) by Veronica Roth

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The main character, Beatrice, is part of a faction that thinks of others rather than themselves. When the kids turn 16, they get to choose a faction. Beatrice chooses a faction that is opposite of her faction at the time. They all go through training, but several kids drop out by the end of it. At the end of the training, the other factions that oppose Beatrice's old faction go into a war. This book is a good read; it goes by fast, and the story is just outstanding. The story is good for everyone. You would like this book if you like… The Hunger Games, The Giver, and dystopian books.

- Jordan, RRHS Student

Monday, March 17, 2014

RRPL's Teen Early Release Gaming Event


Round Rock Public Library will have a representative from Nintendo coming on Wednesday, March 19 from 2:00 - 3:30 PM to share the new Donkey Kong Tropical Freeze for Wii U. Pizza and drinks will also be served while supplies last.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Comic: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes by Anita Loos

Looking for a good book?  Try reading this comic-style book talk of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, by Anita Loos.

Comic from unshelved.com

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Big Art Day


As part of the 2014 Big Art Day celebration, the library is proud to host student exhibits.  According to the Texas Art Education Association (TAEA), 

"Big Art Day is an art happening to raise awareness of art education and art as a creative force in our communities on a BIG statewide scale. It is an attempt ... to engage all art educators, their students and communities in a single day art event."  

To this end, Dragon Artists have displayed their artwork in the library windows, showcased some of the library's art books, reproduced portraits of famous artists, and used faculty-designs to create hand mandalas. They're even having a contest where students can enter to win a Starbuck's gift card by identifying famous works of art.

So, as you go about your day, embrace Picasso's dictum and take a moment to visit the library, the 100 building student center, the 1100 concourse, and the cafeteria in order to enjoy the purpose of art - washing the dust of daily life off your soul.


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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

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At the close of the nineteenth century, once-proud China is in the thrall of European powers with superior weapons wielded by soldiers experienced in colonial conflicts. The government is a puppet, forced to keep the land safe for swarms of foreign merchants and missionaries, lest their home countries seize control of China directly. All of this seems distant to Little Bao in his small village. In the summer, he enjoys watching travelling troupes of players perform operas about ancient heroes and imagines these operatic characters all around him for the rest of the year as he helps tend the crops. After Little Bao’s father is badly beaten by foreign soldiers, his village floods. In the wake of starvation that follows, a kung fu practitioner named Red Lantern Chu arrives and begins training young men in the martial art. He is a brother-disciple of The Big Sword Society, a loosely organized brotherhood dedicated to fighting the injustices of “foreign devils.” Bao trains with Red Lantern’s teacher, Master Big Belly, who imparts to him mystic visions. When he takes up arms against foreigners and Chinese Christian converts, or “secondary devils,” he sees himself as a mysterious, black-robed operatic god whose name he does not know, while his fellow Big Sword Society fighters become legendary characters more familiar to him. Bao dreams of the persona he takes on, finding him harsh and demanding, always holding him back from helping friends and family. Eventually, he confronts the stranger in his dreams, who reveals himself as Ch’in Shih-huang, the first to unify all of China under one rule. This alter-ego urges Bao to put aside personal concerns, and surrender all in order to keep China whole. Bao renames his group The Society of the Righteous and Harmonious Fist, and leads them to Peking to root out the poison which he believes has infected the heart of his nation. Along the way, he sacks a walled Christian enclave, where he kills Vibiana from Saints, and then burns a church filled with women and children under the watchful glare of Ch’in Shih-huang. Once in Peking, he hesitates to attack the communities of foreigners and the troops garrisoned there as his relationship with his female counterpart — the head of the Red Lanterns — blossoms. Only when it is too late does he make his move. I recommendBoxers, especially in combination with Saints, as a dramatic and stirring but thoughtful perspective on a conflict driven as much by mutual incomprehension and clashing values as belligerence and arrogance. Few, if any, characters are outright villainized; their worthy and petty motivations are generally well-illuminated, leaving the reader to genuinely consider both how they might act given the complex situation, and if it might have been possible to avoid the bloody conflict. The art of Boxers, while drawn and laid out in much the same manner as Saints, does not depict the same drab world that Vibiana inhabits. Rather, Bao’s world is both more colorful in general and more brightly accented when elements from his imagination or real conflict enter the panel. This may be symbolic of the more favorable position Bao inhabits in traditional Chinese society compared to Vibiana, as well as the more exciting life he leads. You would like this book if you like… A Chinese Life, Rashomon, Onward Towards Our Noble Deaths, or The Great War.

- RET3, Guest Blogger