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New graphic novels to grab you

January 20, 2015 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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?

September 23, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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!

September 2, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Welcome back to the library!photo (3)

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!


Need some database help?

April 3, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized


Share your reading “bookation” with us!

March 7, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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!

January 13, 2014 · No Comments · Uncategorized

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!


A visit to the White House

November 25, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

So last week, I was amazingly fortunate to be named a White House Champion of Change and Innovation, and was able to travel to Washington, D.C. for the ceremony.  And as it turns out, someone else came to the ceremony–the President!

Champions of change group

It was a really awesome day to get to both talk about techie libraries and to get to meet the President and to represent the Chaps community!  We got to share the iPad project and about what it means to be a connected, Tweeting, and iPad friendly librarian!  We also got a chance to tour the White House (and see the “First Dogs”).

It made me feel very grateful to be here and work with so many wonderful and creative students and staff!   So thank you for all you do!  Now let’s go change education for the better!

–Mrs. F



Need some bibliography help?

November 11, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Never fear–if you need help with your bibliography, the library is here to help!   Mouse over the image, click on the icons and let the friendly kitten guide you to some help!

flickr image: dougwoods


Happy Teen Read Week!

October 17, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

GeneYangvisit3It’s been a busy Fall!    It was great to have author Gene Yang (@geneluanyang) here to share his graphic novel goodness a few weeks ago.
It was cool hearing how he persevered with his comic novel career even in uncertain times.  (And if you were there, you found out, he did “win the girl” after all!)

Also, if you haven’t checked out his AWESOME website, take a look!

Thank you for sharing your favorite books with us during Teen Read Week–it looks like Percy Jackson, Divergent, and Fault in Our Stars are big favs!      If you didn’t get a chance to try your hand at our character trivia contest, stop by.  You could win a free book!

Also, thanks this week for signing the  Declaration of the Right to Libraries for ALL students.  If you didn’t get a chance to sign it, you can sign  online hereteenreadweek

Libraries CAN change lives!  (or at least make them better!)

Check out your teacher’s classroom door to see their favorite books too, and have a happy Homecoming Weekend!


Welcome back with authors, sci fi, and more!

September 9, 2013 · No Comments · Uncategorized

Wow, summer is over and September is already here!   Join us in the library this month for some cool stuff!

Last week, it was our celebration of Star Trek’s first tv episode!   Congrats to winners of our trivia contest and the two winners of Spock Ears!



In two weeks, our next celebration is Stephen King’s birthday!  You know–the guy who wrote Pet Sematary Cujo, and Under the Dome?  Come by on September 20 to check out our Stephen King display and have a bite of a Stephen King birthday cake!


And best of all, don’t forget to check out the Austin Teen Book Festival, right here at the Austin Convention Center, on September 28th.   You won’t believe all the awesome authors coming–everyone from Maggie Stiefvater to Sarah Dessen to S.A. Bodeen and Brian Yansky!    And the author of brand new title, Solstice, that I can’t wait to read because it is set in Austin, Texas!  The festival is free, open all day, and you can meet and greet your favorite authors.  Hope we see you there!