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Fall 2018 StudyCon

by Kristi R. Johnson

StudyCon returns tonight for students at the San Antonio campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. The Academic Center for Excellence will have food, games, workshops, and, for the first time, a Foam Dome! Feel free to take out all of your test-taking anxiety on your friends in a massive Nerf Battle.  And as always, your friendly resident tutors and consultants will be on hand to provide the usual academic assistance.

The StudyCon book raffle and giveaway will also be returning with popular books to be given to students at the event, along with other various prizes. Be sure to stop by and browse the titles.

This semester the books include Star of the North by D.B. John (Contemporary Fiction), The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo (YA), Dry by Neal Shusterman & Jarrod Shusterman (YA), The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA), and the complete Sea of Ink and Gold series by Traci Chee (YA/Fantasy).

But that’s not all: This semester, there will also be a grand mystery prize near the end of the night for anyone who entered the raffle, but had not won anything. One lucky student will receive a mystery bag containing a gorgeous decomposition notebook, a $25 gift card to a local bookstore, and a series of comic books. Which comic books? Well, I’ll just say that the hero is from the Marvel Universe. Let the wild speculations commence!!!

See you there!

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StudyCon!!!

by Kristi R. Johnson

Tonight, StudyCon is back for students at the San Antonio campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. Finals are once again upon us, and the Academic Center for Excellence will have food, games, workshops, and, oh yes, therapy dogs! It simply would not be StudyCon without a set of four-legged friends.  And as always, your friendly resident tutors and consultants will be on hand to provide the usual academic assistance.

The StudyCon book raffle and giveaway will also be returning for a second semester. Five more popular books will be raffled off to students at the event, along with other various prizes. Be sure to stop by and browse the titles.

This semester, the five books will be The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (Classic Fiction), A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle (Graphic Novel version by Hope Larson), Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (YA), I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika Sánchez (YA), and Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi (YA).

See you there!

6th Annual San Antonio Book Festival

by Kristi R. Johnson

This Saturday, April 7th, the San Antonio Library Foundation will put on the 6th Annual San Antonio Book Festival, which is truly one of my favorite days of the year. The event will once again take place in and around the Central Library and the Southwest School of Art. And of course, it’s free!!!

With over 90 authors and 50 exhibitors, there will be plenty to do and see to keep any book lover of any age delighted and entertained. Food trucks will keep you fed, and Barnes and Noble will be there, making sure the books of the authors you came to see will be stocked and readily available.

Plus, the book festival has grown and changed to include more than what happens on Saturday. On Thursday April 5th at 5:00pm, YA author Jason Reynolds will be at the new Bibliotech East branch (also free). The Book Appètit Literary Feast featuring Paul Poundstone on Friday April 6th may be sold out, but there are still tickets available for The Moth Mainstage, also on Friday, at 7:00pm at the Majestic Theatre.

Even though I already heard him speak at this year’s Librarypalooza at Brandeis High School, I am still excited to once again hear from Jason Reynolds. I have managed to read only one of the several books he has authored, but Long Way Down made an impression with me, and I can see why his words resonate so much with young readers. I even featured the novel on Door Stop Novels, my book blog where I basically read whatever books sound interesting to me and do my best to provide a thorough review.

Another author that seems to have found an audience with the younger crowd is Neal Shusterman, author of the Arc of a Scythe series (Scythe and Thunderhead). And then there is Ijeoma Oluo, author of So You Want to Talk About Race, a collection of essays on today’s racial climate. I would love to be able to include one or two more authors, but with a lineup this good, tough decisions had to be made.

The events on Saturday will begin at 9:00am and continue until 5:00pm, so there is plenty of time to check out this year’s San Antonio Book Festival for yourself.

Word Nerd Wednesdays

by Kristi R. Johnson

Happy end of the fall semester word nerds! You made it to the final week of what many consider to be the hardest semester for college students. Although, let’s face it, at times spring semester is no picnic either.

I hope everyone is able to enjoy a restful break. And if you’re looking for some books to help fill your time, and you have an inclination towards fantasy and/or YA, may I recommend the first two books in Traci Chee’s Sea of Ink and Gold series. Both The Reader and The Speaker explore a world where reading is a skill only a few have, and books and stories hold tremendous power. In other words, it is a place where word nerds run things and their power is sought for both good and evil. Fascinating stuff.

Happy Holidays!

Word Nerd Wednesdays

by Kristi R. Johnson

Tonight is StudyCon for students at the San Antonio campus of Our Lady of the Lake University. With finals coming up and the end of the Fall semester within reach, the Academic Center for Excellence will have food, games, course workshops, and therapy dogs (yes, dogs…as in four-legged animals with fur) set-up in the library to help students unwind and stay sane during this difficult time. And of course, there will still be a space for studying and tutors/consultants available…it is the library after all.

I am here to announce the first-ever StudyCon book raffle and giveaway. Five popular books published in 2017 will be raffled off to students at the event. Just be sure to show up and submit your name for whichever titles you would like. Most likely there will be a limit as to how many titles one person can win, but you must stop by at some point and submit your name to even be considered.

This year, the five books will be The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (YA), When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon (YA), Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds (YA), You Are Here by Jenny Lawson (nonfiction), and Born a Crime by Trevor Noah (memoir). Technically that last one was published in late 2016, but it is so good I figured I would include it anyway.

And before you ask, yes, I handpicked these myself. I have read and featured four of them on my book blog (with Miles Morales being the exception) for good reason; any one of them would make a great end-of-year present.