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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

2016 Texas Teen Book Festival

Texas Teen Book Festival (#TTBF)--a celebration of the teen reading experience--is a partnership between the Texas Book FestivalBookPeople, and venue sponsor St. Edward’s University. This FREE one-day event invites teens to meet many of the most popular and critically acclaimed young adult authors. This year's festival will feature 34 authors and have an expected attendance of over 4,000 teens, parents, teachers, and librarians from across the state.

Some features of the 
2016 festival include:
  • Mindy Kaling (The Mindy Project and Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?), Leigh Bardugo (The Grisha Trilogy and Six of Crows) and Laini Taylor, (Daughter of Smoke & Bone series and Strange the Dreamer) as the keynote speakers. 
  • authors Sabaa TahirRene S. Perez IIDavid ArnoldCaleb RoehrigE.K. Johnston, and Jeffery Self competing in an epic battle of BC vs. AD at the annual Texas Throwdown Game Show. 
  • a new workshop with BarrioWriters.org.
  • a special event with Alamo Drafthouse. On the evening of Friday, September 30, the Texas Teen Book Festival, Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar, and Penguin Teen will host a very special screening of the 1983 film adaptation of S.E. Hinton’s YA classic, The Outsiders. Authors Sabaa TahirDavid Arnold, and RenĂ©e Ahdieh will join the exclusive event for a Q&A session with Sarah Pitre from Drafthouse and Forever YA.
  • the festival's first Fierce Reads Costume Contest!


***The festival is free and open to everyone***

Saturday, October 1, 2016
8:00 AM – 6:30 PM
St. Edward’s University, 3001 South Congress, Austin, TX 78704

Book Sales start at 8 AM and will last all day.


Keynote Author(s) and Special Events: 
  • In Conversation with Mindy Kaling
  • TTBF Texas Throwdown Game Show - Sabaa Tahir, Rene S. Perez II, David Arnold, Caleb Roehrig, E.K. Johnston, & Jeffery Self
  • Afternoon Keynote - Laini Taylor
  • Closing Keynote - Leigh Bardugo
  • Badgerdog Poetry Workshop with Carrie Fountain
  • Badgerdog Poetry Workshop with Sasha West
  • Barrio Writers Writing Workshop with Sarah Rafael Garcia
  • Fierce Reads Costume Contest
  • Typewriter Rodeo
  • Fiction Contest Winners announced

Festival Schedule: Download the 2016 Schedule here.

Click HERE for more information.

Book Review: Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks

Image from RRHS Catalog

This book is an incredible romantic tear-jerker. As the book progresses, you see the love and compassion between Alex and Katie. As Katie’s past becomes revealed, the reader understands why she is a closed book with new people. I like this book because it plays with emotions. You would like this book if you like… romance.

- Kathryn, RRHS Student

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Gene Luen Yang: 2016 MacArthur Fellow

If you've ever closed the cover of American Born ChineseBoxers and Saints, or any of his Avatar: The Last Airbender stories and thought, "That Gene Yang is a genius!", you're in good company. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have named the accomplished comics creator as one of this year's MacArthur Fellows, receiving a "Genius Grant" of $650,000.

The list of fellowship recipients dates back to 1981, but has historically been heavily populated with scientists, activists, and artists in fields that are more traditionally revered than comics. In recent years, however, cartoonists and graphic novelists have been recognized as their art form gained critical attention. Ben Katchor (Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: The Beauty Supply DistrictThe Cardboard Valise) was named in 2000, followed by Alison Bechdel (Fun Home: A Family TragicomicAre You My Mother?: A Comic Drama) followed in 2014. Gene Yang is by far the most mainstream of this trio of comic geniuses, with graphic novels aimed at budding programmers (Secret Coders), history buffs (Boxers and Saints), and superhero fans (New Super-Man).

Your Dragon Library just so happens to have several of Gene Yang's graphic novels ready for you to crack open and see why he's considered among 
   the best at his craft.

  RET3, Guest Bloggers

Monday, September 19, 2016

Banned Books Week: Celebrating the Freedom to Read, Sept. 25 - Oct. 1


"By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restrictions in libraries and schools. While books have been and continue to be banned, part of the Banned Books Week celebration is the fact that, in a majority of cases, the books have remained available. This happens only thanks to the efforts of librarians, teachers, students, and community members who stand up and speak out for the freedom to read.Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read. Typically held during the last week of September, it highlights the value of free and open access to information. Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community – librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types – in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular." American Library Association


Want to participate in Banned Books Week?!

  • Banned Books Virtual Read-Out! - Proclaim the importance of the freedom to read by posting videos to be featured on a dedicated YouTube channel.
  • The Sledding Hill - In support of Banned Books Week, playwright Jarrett Dapier has offered his complete stage adaption of this Chris Crutcher novel to the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom . Click HERE to download and read. There are no limitations to reading, sharing, or printing Dapier's play. Want to perform the play?
  • Webinar - Jessica Herthel, Christine Badacchino, and Wendy Doniger will share their experiences with censorship of their books in webinar titled "Battling Bannings: Authors Discuss Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read."

Thursday, September 29th, 2016
10 AM CST