Welcome back!

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flickr: xurble

Welcome back!  We hope you had a restful summer and did some great reading.   In fact, be sure to share your summer reading HERE and you’ll be eligible for prize drawings from the library!

Our website has been refreshed over the summer, too.  If  you need to look up books, check out how to do a bibliography, or need links for teacher projects, look for our links on the left sidebar.

The Research Center space has had some changes over the summer, too — drop by and check them out!   And the Shrieking Shack is now a great brainstorming place for classes as well as a laptop lab.  If you need help with your iPad, check out the Juice Bar during lunch periods.   If you need more iPad help, you can also check out the WIFI page on WHSChaps.

Remember, we are here to help YOU!

It’s Summertime and the Reading is Yours….

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We know you are reading this summer!   Add the books you read to our Summer reading form and  you’ll be eligible for prize drawings in the fall!  (And we always have great prizes!)

You can also tweet what you are reading to @whslibraryrocks!   Do any of those things and you qualify to win great gift cards when you come back to school in the fall!

Check out our EBOOKS page on our website for instructions on using our ebooks all summer!

Don’t forget Westbank Library will also have a summer reading contest plus volunteer days for community service this summer, too!

Author visit this Wednesday! Join us for Jessica Brody…



Unremembered-FINAL1-709x1024Jessica Brody, the awesome author of the new Unremembered series along with some of my favorites, the Karma Club and My Life Undecided, will be visiting us this Wednesday to speak to English classes.

In My Life Undecided, a high school blogger turns all decisions over to her readers, and of course there are some ridiculous results that ensue.

If you are interested in pre-ordering a book or getting her autograph, come by the NGC library for more information or download this:  Orderform for Jessica Brody 03-04-15.

Check out some of Jessica’s work and writing on her blog, too!

New graphic novels to grab you

We’ve just gotten some cool new graphic novels in!   Be sure to check them out on the new books display!

marvel1Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal breaks new ground with a fascinating and somewhat confused superheroine, Kamala Khan.   Follow her adventures as she figures out what it’s like suddenly becoming a superhero while trying to remain true to your identity.

Another unlikely superheroine is El Deafo.   Young Cece Bell relays her experience wearing the Phonic Ear, an awkwardly large hearing aid, and how she finds her way trying to fit in with her friends in school.  El Deafo is her imaginary alter ego that she uses to confront stereotypes of deaf individuals.

In The Shadow Hero, author of Avatar, Gene Yang takes on the first Asian American superhero, Green Turtle, and tells his backstory as an unlikely and unwilling superhero whose mother trains him for his first el deafosuperhero gig.

And last but not least, in Tomboy, Liz Prince shares the autobiographical story of her life growing up as a non-girly girl, who just wants to break away from stereotypes and find acceptance for who she is.  (That theme sound familiar on this list of books?)  A great graphic novel and a great read–highly recommended.


What’s on my shelf?

Once in awhile, we’ll be sharing what we are currently reading and make a few recommendations for you!   Be sure to share your recommendations, or contact us to write a guest post!

This week it’s Mrs. Foote’s bookshelf.   I read a mishmash of styles and this month is no different!

The Treasure Map of Boys CoverI recently finished The Treasure Map of Boys by E. Lockhart.  I have to say I liked her previous book, The Boyfriend List, a little better.   But Treasure Map of Boys delivers up bake sales, a high schooler trying to figure out her confusing love life, and a girl trying to figure out how to focus on her own life.   E. Lockhart’s style is very readable and humorous at times.  I’d recommend starting with the Boyfriend List first, though!

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Paolo Bacigalupi

Also on my bookshelf is The Doubt Factory by Paolo Bacigalupi.  I got to meet him this summer at an author coffee, and he was so passionate about his book that it made me pick it up, even though I might not normally have chosen it.   Mix in the dark mood of last week’s The Good Wife, and add in social consciousness, and you have a suspenseful read.   Bacigalupi got interested in the ethics and mentality of those who work to protect substances that are not safe or healthy by delaying lawsuits or dismissing evidence.  The main character, Alix is kidnapped by a group of teenage activists and begins to realize her world isn’t what she thought it was.   Suspenseful and thought-provoking–it has kept me up late reading!  We have the book on order, but I have an advanced review copy if you want to read it!

The other book I just finished was the Power of Habit–a nonfic book about how to change habits.   The best tip I got from the book was a story about how Starbucks trains their employees by having them go through scenarios (like a rude customer) and planning AHEAD how they will act.  That way, when they face the situation, they are mentally prepared and can remain professional.   Great tip for anyone–when you are faced with a job when you work with a variety of people or any unpredictable scenario, practice writing down a few scenarios and how you might respond.   Plan ahead some possible disasters, practice your potential response, and then you’ll feel more prepared for what comes your way.

That’s what’s on my shelf!  Please share with us what you are reading!

Welcome back!

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We started the first day off with a visit from new EISD superintendent, Dr. Tom Leonard, who helped some of you with his great math skills!

We hope your summer was filled with new adventures, learning, rest, and some good reading, too.   Drop by and check out some of our new books that arrived while you were vacationing!  Be sure to suggest any new things you want us to order, too!

And welcome to the year!

Share your reading “bookation” with us!

Share your reading with us this Spring Break!   Just take a selfie of yourself reading a book and email the photo and your location to cfoote @ eanesisd.net!   We’ll add you to our map and discover the answer to the question….”Where is everybody reading?”

New Year–New E-books!

Looking for something to read when you are on a long bus ride this semester?  Forgot your ISR book on Fridays?   Remember that you can  check out library e-books to your iPad from anywhere that you have WI-FI access.

ebooks overdriveWe have added tons of new e-books for the New Year, so there’s something for everyone, from the Divergent Series to the New York Times Bestseller list!

Check out the Overdrive Shelf here to see new titles

or stop by Follett’s Shelf page to see what we have there!   Follett ebooks

For more help with passwords, logins, and how to find things, go to the E-books page for more info, or ask a friendly library staffer!  Happy Reading!