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The Thunderbird Library

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Our library is an essential part of our school community! It is a place where students come to think, create, share, and grow. In the library, learners will:

  • gain new knowledge by thinking critically and solving problems;
  • they will collaborate with others to achieve common goals;
  • they will collect, organize, and share resources;
  • they will explore their personal interests and employ a growth mindset; and
  • they will learn how to act responsibly as a digital citizen.

So please come on down to the THES library and see what we have to offer!


About the Librarian

Debby Harris was born and raised in a small town on the Gulf coast called Port Lavaca, but after graduating from the University of Texas, she, her husband, and their pup Huckleberry moved to Florida, then Germany, and then Norway. After having a little one in 2018, they wanted to be closer to family, so they came back to where it all started – Austin!Amidst all the moving, she has taught middle and high school English while also getting her Master’s in Information Science. Overseas, she was the program coordinator at a research library. Her most recent position was raising her toddler while also working remotely for Dell Medical School library. Before Covid, she was also volunteering at the Twin Oaks Branch of the Austin Public Library.

Her hobbies include jigsaw puzzles, reading (of course!), and boardgames. Also, on the weekends, her family loves to hang out at any coffee shop that has a playground!

Mrs. Harris is committed to help make our Thunderbirds lifelong learners and readers!

Mission statement:

“The mission of AISD libraries is to nurture a lifelong appreciation of reading and learning by assuring that students and staff have opportunities for successful access, evaluation and use of information and literature.”

Volunteer in the Library!

There are a number of ways you can help in the library and Mrs. Harris would LOVE your help.

Shelving and Organization: Volunteers are always needed to help put books back on the shelves. This can be done any time during the school day and even 5 minutes can make a difference!

Special events: Books Fairs, Poem in your Pocket Day, World Read Aloud day, etc.

If you would like more information about any of these opportunities, please contact Mrs. Harris at