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Family Program: Hawaiian Dancing

hawaiian dancingThis year, we are celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, held annually in May, with Hawaiian dancing! Join us on Saturday to learn some traditional Hawaiian dance moves from a guest instructor. This is a family program, so dancers of all ages and skill levels are invited to attend. This program will be held in the first floor Meeting Room (L129) this coming Saturday, May 13 at 11:00 am.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: Hula Photo by: MitchellShapiroPhotography

May Book Clubs

books and flowersLooking to try something new this spring? Why not join one of our book clubs? Each month, we have book clubs for adults, teens and children that meet to discuss books in a variety of genres. Each of our 7 book clubs (yes, that’s right – 7!) is open to new members, so take a look at the list below to see what they are reading in May. If you find a book club you are interested in joining, stop by the library and see if we have a copy of the book on hand!

Book Clubs for Adults:

Paranormal Book Club on Monday, 5/8 @ 6:30pm: Prudence by Gail Carriger
Inspirational Book Club on Thursday, 5/11 @ 7:00pm: At Bluebonnet Lake by Amanda Cabot
After Austen Book Club on Monday, 5/22 @ 7:00pm: Love and Friendship by Whit Stillman
Mystery Book Club on Thursday, 5/25 @ 1:00pm: Phantom Instinct by Meg Gardiner
Afternoon Book Discussion on Tuesday, 6/6 @ 3:00pm: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Book Club for Teens:

Homeschool Book Club* on Monday, 5/15 @ 1:00pm: I Am Princess X by Cherie Priest

Book Club for Children in grades 3-5:

Chapter Chats* on Monday, 5/22 @ 5:00pm: Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm

*These book clubs will take a break during Summer Reading. Look for more information about them next fall!

For more information about any of these book clubs, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Easter Weekend Closure

easter eggsIn observance of the upcoming Easter holiday, the library will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 13. The library will remain closed through the weekend, and reopen for business Monday, April 17 at 8:00 am.

Reminder: Since the library will be closed, there will be no AARP Tax Aide on Saturday, April 15. The last day of Tax Aide will be Monday, April 17 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a happy and safe weekend.

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Women's History Month: Female Directors

kathryn bigelowIn 2009, Kathryn Bigelow made history by becoming the first woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director. She won for her film The Hurt Locker, about an army bomb squad unit during the Iraq War. Since her win in 2009, no woman has received a Best Director nomination. In fact, in the history of the Academy Awards, only three other women received nominations for Best Director: Lina Wertmuller for Seven Beauties in 1976, Jane Campion for The Piano in 1993, and Sofia Coppola for Lost in Translation in 2003.

Although this minimalistic showing of women in the Best Director category does present, women’s involvement in the film industry as directors is not quite as dire as the Academy Awards would suggest. For years, women have fought to hold as strong a presence behind the camera as they have had in front of it. They have directed cult classics and blockbusters, genre-setters and award winners, visual masterpieces and character-driven films. In short, women have been breaking down barriers in film as they have in every other profession, and they will continue to do so until there are no barriers left. 

Women’s History Month (celebrated annually each March) may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy an excellent movie ably directed by a woman. Below, I have listed just a few of the women working in the field, along with some of their most well-known films. Check out the list to see a fraction of what women have contributed to film over the years.

April Book Clubs

books and flowersLooking to try something new this spring? Why not join one of our book clubs? Each month, we have book clubs for adults, teens and children that meet to discuss books in a variety of genres. Each of our 7 book clubs (yes, that’s right – 7!) is open to new members, so take a look at the list below to see what they are reading in April. If you find a book club you are interested in joining, stop by the library and see if we have a copy of the book on hand!

Book Clubs for Adults:

  • Afternoon Book Discussion on Tuesday, 4/4 @ 3:00pm: The Plague of Doves by Louise Erdrich
  • Paranormal Book Club on Monday, 4/10 @ 6:30pm: Omens by Kelley Armstrong
  • Inspirational Book Club on Thursday, 4/11 @ 7:00pm: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
  • After Austen Book Club on Monday, 4/24 @ 7:00pm: Murder at the Brightwell by Ashley Weaver
  • Mystery Book Club on Thursday, 4/27 @ 1:00pm: The Farm by Tom Rob Smith

Book Club for Teens:

Book Club for Children in grades 3-5:

  • Chapter Chats on Monday, 4/3 @ 5:00pm: The Wild Robot by Peter Brown
  • Chapter Chats on Monday, 4/17 @ 5:00pm: Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang

For more information about any of these book clubs, call the library at 832-559-4200.

50+ Bus Trip: Holocaust Museum

holocauseJoin us for a visit to the Holocaust Museum Houston. Entrance to the museum is $12.00 (or $8.00 for AARP members or those who are 65 or older) and lunch will be at your own cost at Mo’s Irish Pub.

We will meet in the library lobby on Thursday, April 6th at 8:15 am. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 am, and return to the library by 3:00 pm. Must be 50 or better to attend. Space is limited, and registration is required. You may register in person, over the phone, or online at the HCPL Events Calendar.

The bus is provided courtesy of the Harris County Precinct 4 Senior Adult Program.

For more information or to register, call the library at 832-559-4200.

AARP Tax Aide

taxesWe are halfway through tax season and April 18th will be here before you know it. If you have yet to file your taxes, AARP is at the library and ready to help individuals with simple tax returns. Assistance is on a first come first serve basis, so get here early to secure your spot. AARP Tax Aide will be provided on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm until April 17.

Please bring these items with you:

1. Valid identification with current address for yourself & your dependents
2. Social security cards for yourself and your dependents
3. Your wage, salary and income statements (W2 and/or 1099)
4. Last year's income tax return statement
5. If you are a homeowner, the amount of property tax paid in 2016
6. If you bought a new vehicle (or anything of high value, i.e., a ring, a boat, etc.) in 2016, the amount of sales tax you paid or the value of the item
7. Documentation for deductible expenses (mortgage interest, real estate taxes paid, medical expenses, charitable contributions, mileage for volunteer work)
8. Documentation for items that qualify for tax credit (child care, post-secondary education, home purchase contract & closing statement for homes purchased in the past year)

For more information, call the library at 832-559-4200.

89th Academy Awards


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Last night, this year’s movie awards season concluded at the 89th Academy Awards. The ceremony opened with a burst of energy with Justin Timberlake singing his Oscar-nominated and catchy hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling”. Host Jimmy Kimmel carried the momentum along with good natured jokes about the attendees (including initiating a sympathy standing ovation for Meryl Streep, a “lackluster actress”), pre-taped gags (nominees reading mean tweets about themselves), and tiny parachutes carrying snacks and candy periodically falling from the ceiling.

The funniest segment of the telecast came when Kimmel surprised a group of tourists on a Hollywood tour bus by bringing them into the theater, walking them along the front row, and introducing them to the A-list celebrities. I think we all wanted to be Gary from Chicago as he met Denzel Washington and took a selfie with Mahershala Ali’s brand new Oscar.

The biggest surprise of the night came at the end of the telecast when Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway, who were there to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bonnie & Clyde, came out to announce the Best Picture winner. After opening the envelope and stalling for a minute, they announced La La Land as the big winner of the night.

Makey Makey at Teen Tech Week!

makey makeyHey teens! Ever wonder what it would be like to play a video game using only bananas and a computer? Stop by the library during Teen Tech Week and find out! We will be using Makey Makey kits to design circuits, use silly key pads, and play computer games. 

There will be two Makey Makey sessions available during Teen Tech Week: Monday, March 6 from 1:00-2:30pm OR Wednesday, March 8 from 5:00-6:30pm. These programs are for teens and tweens, ages 10 and up. Space is limited in each session and registration is required. Register in person at the reference desk or by calling the library.

For more information or to register, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CCMakey Makey at CyborgCamp Seattle 2012 Photo by: Amber Case

2017 Oscar Nominations: Best Actress & Best Supporting Actress

Academy AwardsThe Academy Awards are less than a week away, so it is time to take a closer look at the ten women nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress. (If you missed Donna’s post earlier this week about the men nominated for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor, go here!) This year, the winner for supporting actress seems to be a lock, but there could still be some room for surprise in the best actress category.

This year, this is the first Academy Award nomination for three of the women (Isabelle Huppert, Ruth Negga, Naomie Harris). Of the remaining seven, three have not previously won (Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Michelle Williams), three have previously won once (Natalie Portman, Nicole Kidman, Octavia Spencer), and one (Meryl Streep) has won three times.

Many of these films are still in theaters, so not yet available in HCPL’s catalog, but make sure to browse through previous works by the actresses. And don’t forget to tune in to the Academy Awards telecast this Sunday, February 26th on ABC!

Best Actress:

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