ACE Library Updates

Breaking news from the ACE Library:

  • We have a research database subscription! Access it by clicking on the Research Links tab above and following the log-in instructions. Explore, try search terms, and conduct your research using the database from anywhere with Internet access! For more information about how to effectively use this great research asset, come see me in room 301. I’ll also be making the rounds to show off our new resource in different classes in the coming weeks.
  • I have officially hit the 1,500th cataloged book. We’re nearly finished with cataloging the fiction library, and when this is accomplished, library cards will be distributed and we’ll try to have a mini celebration for our grand opening. Books can still be checked out via the paper check out system until this happens.
  • We’re now accepting parent volunteers to help catalog both the remaining fiction titles and all of the nonfiction library. Please email me at to schedule volunteer times. I’d love any help I can get!
  • We’re receiving some great donations! We can always find space for more, too! Please drop off any books – be they appropriate fiction titles for age range (K – 12) or nonfiction titles that could be of interest to our amazing gifted students. Students are really into researching neuroscience, origami, history, biographies, architecture, film studies, and robotics. Any great books are always welcome! We’re primarily donation based, so please, feel free to unload any books that students may have outgrown or that you think might be a good fit for our collections.

In other news, dragon books seem to be all the rage for ACE readers lately. Whether they’re from Chris D’Lacey’s The Last Dragon Chronicles or Emily Rodda’s many books based in Deltora, students can’t seem to get enough of them. Other popular series continue to be Jeff Kinney’s The Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Lincoln Pierce’s Big Nate.

I’ve instated a Library Requests list where the students can write titles they’d like us to procure. Graphic novels in general seem to be a favorite.

These are just a few examples of books that we are lacking in numbers or that keep flying off our shelves in droves.

If anyone has any need for book recommendations, research assistance, or anything else library related, always know my door in 301 is open to all. I’ll post more updates about the ACE Library as they occur.

Thanks for reading!



About ACE Academy Library

The ACE Academy Library serves the population of ACE Academy: K-12 aged gifted and talented students living in Austin, TX.
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