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I Am A Librarian!

librarianIn 1999, the action-adventure film The Mummy was released in theaters. It opened to middling critical reception, but, ultimately, was a box office success. I remember seeing it at the movie theater shortly after it was released and enjoying it immensely. Since then, it has become one of my favorite movies and is, in my opinion, a perfect genre film.

In The Mummy, Brendan Fraser plays Rick O’Connell, an erstwhile adventurer who agrees to lead Evelyn, a librarian and Egyptologist played by Rachel Weisz, and her brother to the lost city of Hamunaptra. Of course, things don’t go as planned – they never do when you accidentally raise a cursed mummy from the dead. One of my favorite pieces of dialogue in the movie occurs while Evelyn is talking to Rick:

  • Evelyn: Look, I... I may not be an explorer, or an adventurer, or a treasure-seeker, or a gunfighter, Mr. O'Connell, but I am proud of what I am.
  • Rick: And what is that?
  • Evelyn: I... am a librarian!

As a librarian myself, I have always loved this piece of dialogue. Librarians don’t often show up in movies, and when they do, they are generally written to the old stereotype: stuffy, staid, and grouchy. Evelyn isn’t like that at all, and it makes for a refreshing change of pace. While I don’t necessarily want to go off and battle reanimated mummies, I do appreciate that someone thinks that I could with my librarian know-how.

Below, I have put together a list of movies that feature a librarian or other library staff member. Some of these movies hammer straight through the stereotypes, while others embrace them. Either way, it is fun to see what Hollywood imagines my job!

Where's Orbit?

orbitorbit orbit

If you visited the library over the summer, you might have noticed our ongoing scavenger hunt to find Orbit. Each week, we hid a paper Orbit, the green alien mascot of the Houston Astros, somewhere in the library, then gave two clues to his location. Those who found Orbit, could report his location to a librarian and put their name in a drawing for a plush Orbit.

On August 6th, Summer Reading came to a close, and with it, the weekly scavenger hunt for Orbit. We had a huge response throughout the summer but, in the end, Luke was our big winner. These are just a few of the pictures from his mini photo shoot with Orbit!

Congrats to Luke, and thanks to everyone who found Orbit each week and helped make this summer so much fun!

Here Comes the Bride

heartsLast weekend, I attended the wedding of one of my younger siblings. It was a crazy weekend full of unexpected issues, but, ultimately, the wedding was beautiful for all involved. This wedding was only the latest in a string of ceremonies and receptions I have attended in the last six months. Love is definitely in the air!

Weddings, both the planning and the actual event, have long been a favorite topic in film. They can be the overarching theme of a movie, as in My Big Fat Greek Wedding, or simply a pivotal part of the plot, as in The Princess Bride. The wedding day in movies is often one where anything that can go wrong, will. While no one wants their wedding day to be a catastrophe (or even a little bit bumpy) in real life, it provides plenty of laughs on screen!

If you’re in the mood for a movie this weekend (and, let’s face it, it’s far too hot to be outside!), check out one of these wedding favorites.

Teens: Marble Roller Coasters

marble roller coasters

Summer Reading is coming to a close. (Have you registered? There’s still time!) We know you won’t want to miss the last program of the summer! On Tuesday, bring your friends and work together to build a roller coaster out of foam tubing. Then use marbles to take all the coasters for a test run! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 2 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

50+ Bus Trip to Space Center Houston

nasaJoin us for an exciting visit to Space Center Houston! Entrance to Space Center Houston costs $24.95 (or $12.95 with 15+ attendees) and lunch will be at your own cost at one of the Space Center Houston restaurants.

We will meet in the library lobby on Tuesday, August 9th at 8:45 am. The bus will leave promptly at 9:00 am, and return to the library by 4:30 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.

68th Primetime Emmy Nominations

emmy Last week the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmys, which honor excellence in television, were announced. Like every year, the nominations in the drama and comedy categories are a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Since the television shows nominated in these categories run for multiple seasons, it makes sense that there would be repeat nominations each year. It is refreshing, however, to see new faces and titles added to the nominations list.

Although the nominations in the drama categories remain similar to last year, there are few new additions. New favorite Mr. Robot received multiple nominations for its first season, as did The Americans, finally recognized for its stellar fourth season. Game of Thrones also did well this year, with five acting nominations for Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams.

The comedy categories also showcase a few new faces. Nominated for outstanding comedy series, black-ish and Master of None also received additional acting nominations. Additionally, new actors in shows like Veep and Transparent received nominations for their work this past season.

Below, I have listed the nominees in the drama and comedy categories for Outstanding Series, Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actress. With the mix of old and new in each category, it will be interesting to see which way the votes fall at this year’s Primetime Emmys. Who would you like to see win an Emmy?

Teens Create: T-Shirt Bags

t-shirt bags

Hey teens! There are only a few more weeks of Summer Reading left (sign up here, if you haven’t already!), but there are still fun programs to come. This coming Tuesday, stop by and make a no-sew bag out of an old t-shirt! If you have an old t-shirt of your own you want to repurpose, make sure to bring it with you. Other t-shirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis and are for teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 19 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

The Art of Quilling

quillingQuilling, which dates back to the Renaissance, is the art of rolling small strips of paper into shapes and designs. This art form is simplistic enough to appeal to all ages, and can be used to create small, modest pieces or complex works of art.

This coming Saturday the Tomball Library is hosting an introduction to quilling program, open to families and all ages. Supplies are provided on a first come, first serve basis and attendees should leave with a completed quilling project. Meet in the Children’s Activity Room on Saturday, July 16th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

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

Independence Day Closure

July 4th Closure

In observance of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, the Tomball Library will be closed Saturday, July 2nd through Monday, July 4th. The library will reopen for business Tuesday, July 5th at 8:00 am.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe Fourth of July, and look forward to seeing you in the library for exciting summer programs next week!

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

A Murder of Crime Dramas

police lightI am a huge fan of TV - particularly of procedural crime dramas. For years, my favorite TV show has been Criminal Minds and I’ve watched the series so many times that I can pretty much place any episode within the first five minutes. (I honestly don’t know whether that’s a silly skill to be proud of, or if I need to find a better use for my time.) During the regular television season, I spend most of my TV time watching the whole gamut of network crime shows: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest and Elementary. But once the season finales air, I have to explore new TV options to fill the summer hiatus.

Although crime dramas are hugely popular on TV, they don’t all fit the same mold. Some are fairly formulaic, yes, but many bring something extra to the viewing experience. Sometimes it’s a plot full of twists and turns or a case that lasts the whole season; at other times it’s a unique detective or interesting setting. Last night, in my quest, I started watching Longmire, which features a Wyoming county sheriff who solves major crimes. With its rural setting, sweeping landscapes, and a sheriff reminiscent of classic Westerns, it’s a compelling show that fills the gap in my TV schedule.

If you’re looking for a new show to watch this summer, I have listed out some non-network crime dramas below. Each of these shows has multiple seasons and would make for a great summer binge session.

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