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Memorial Day Weekend Holiday Hours

Memorial DayWe will be open on Saturday, May 28 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.  We will be closed on Monday, May 30.  We will reopen on Tuesday, May 31 at 10:00 am.

We wish you a peaceful Memorial Day.

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Spring Branch-Memorial Library--The Page Turners

All the light we cannot seeTitle to be discussed: All the light we cannot see by Anthony Doerr.  Date of meeting: Tuesday, June 12, 2016, 6:30 p.m.  Summary: "Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure's agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall. In another world in Germany, an orphan boy, Werner, grows up with his younger sister, Jutta, both enchanted by a crude radio Werner finds. He becomes a master at building and fixing radios, a talent that wins him a place at an elite and brutal military academy and, ultimately, makes him a highly specialized tracker of the Resistance. Werner travels through the heart of Hitler Youth to the far-flung outskirts of Russia, and finally into Saint-Malo, where his path converges with Marie-Laure."

June Computer Classes

Computer flowerJoin us for computer classes in June and improve your technology skills!  This month we are offering:

Beginner Word 2013—June 2
Intermediate Word 2013—June 9
Beginner Excel 2013—June 16
Intermediate Excel 2013—June 23
Computer Basics—June 30

All sessions are scheduled for Thursdays from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm.

Sign up at the Information Desk or call 713-464-1633.

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Green Thumb 2016 Gardening Series--Propagation and Seed Saving

Seed bankThe Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the Harris County Master Gardeners invite you to their June program on propagation and seed saving.  Learn how to easily grow more of the plants you love at (almost) no cost to you. 

Place: Spring Branch-Memorial Library

Date:  June 21, 2016

Time:  6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Cost: Free

Photo credit © Permaculture Research Institute

Afterschool Gaming

        Gaming 

           For Teens     
               

    
  May: 3, 17, 24  and 31                                         

 Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.                                
  Ages: 12-18
Space is limited.

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Teen Tuesday – Intro to Fandoms June 7th @ 3:00 PM [11+]


Have you ever heard of a Fandom? Do you know what a Fandom is? Do you know what Fandoms are out there? Are you completely confused?
 

If you are (or aren’t), you can come to the Parker Williams Branch for the beginning of our Summer of Fandoms on June 7th at 3 PM.

We will be explaining what a Fandom is, what Fandoms are out there, and how to celebrate your newly found love of Fandoms. You will be able to find us in the Library Community Room. 

 

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Summer Reading @ HCPL Starts June 6!

Harris County Public Library’s Summer Reading Program kicks off June 6 with new incentives & new ways to participate.

Harris County Public Library’s annual Summer Reading Program has never been just about reading. Summer at HCPL is about reading and all the ways it helps you engage more fully with the world around you. With that in mind, for the first time, HCPL will offer incentives not only for what you read, but for what you do, as well.

A Little Bit of Product Placement

reese's piecesIt’s impossible to escape advertising during a trip to the movies. From the cardboard standees in the lobby, to the commercials and trailers before the movie starts, we are inundated with advertisements the moment we walk inside the theater. And that advertising doesn’t stop when the opening credits role. Now, many movies make some of their profit product placement before the film even opens. Product placement is a technique that allows companies to promote their product or brand through unusual methods.

One of the most well-known examples of product placement in film is with Reese’s Pieces in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Originally, M&M’s were considered for the movie, but when Mars turned the offer down, it allowed a deal to be made with Hershey. After the movie hit theaters, sales for Reese’s Pieces, a less-popular candy at the time, went up dramatically.

Of course, not all product placement in movies is as subtle or as seamlessly integrated into the plot as Reese’s Pieces in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. There are some movies, like The Internship (a movie I enjoy but that is not universally appreciated), that feel too much like one long commercial for a product. Other movies blatantly force advertising into the script, like an awkward conversation about the Omega watch in Casino Royale, instead of subtly using it. And some movies, like Transformers: Age of Extinction, are so overrun with product placements that don’t fit the plot or that are targeted toward one market at the detriment of another that it actually detracts from the action.

Below I have listed some of the most well-known products or brands seen in movies. Are there any product and movie pairs that I left off the list? Let me know in the comments!

HOOPLA demo this Friday, June 3rd at 5:00pm in the computer lab.


Did you get a new phone, tablet or laptop recently?

 

Do you need more ebooks, streaming music & video in your life?


If the answer is YES then you need HOOPLA in your life. You can get hands on assistance with HCPL newest digital content provider, HOOPLA at our library. A library staff member will assist participants with the download, installation, setup, and use of this service and to answer questions as well. Bring your smartphone, tablet, or other device for hands on assistance. A valid HCPL library card is required to use this service

Sugar Shockers! with the Houston Food Bank August 3rd @ 2:30 PM [3+]


     Learn interesting facts and figures about the different amounts of sugar that you find in food that you eat every day. The Houston Food Bank's Nutrition Education experts will shock and amaze us all in the Library Community Room at 2:30 PM on August 3rd at the Parker Williams Library.

 

 

 

 

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