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50+ Bus Trip to Houston Zoo Lights!

zoo lightsJoin us on Thursday, December 3 for a festive 50+ bus trip to see the Zoo Lights at the Houston Zoo! Please meet in the lobby of the LSC-Tomball Community Library by 3:15 pm, as the bus will leave promptly at 3:30 pm. We will eat an early dinner at Niko Niko’s before seeing the Zoo Lights, then arrive back at the library by 9:30 pm.

Please bring money for dinner and entrance to Zoo Lights. The Zoo Lights entrance fee is $14.95 per person.

Must be 50 or better to attend. Space is limited, and registration is required. Seats on the bus are limited, so register early! 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.

Flickr CC: Zoo Lights 2013-VIP-0058-3107 Photo by: Houston Zoo

Teen Board Game Day!

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Hey teens! Keep the mid-semester blues away with board games! Grab your friends and siblings and join us for board game day. We’ll have checkers, Battleship, Connect 4, and many more games for you to choose from. All supplies (and snacks!) provided, but feel free to bring your favorite game with you. For teens and tweens ages 10 and up. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, November 2nd at 1:00pm.

See you there!

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

The Year of the Spy

spiesIn just a few weeks, Spectre, one of the movies I’ve been looking forward to all year finally opens in theaters. The latest in the Daniel Craig-helmed Bond films, Spectre is the highly anticipated follow-up to Skyfall, which opened to critical and audience praise in 2012.

In an odd turn of events, however, Spectre is just one of many spy movies released in theaters this year. These spy movies run the gamut from comic book-inspired (Kingsman: The Secret Service) or funny (Spy), to big-budget sequels (Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation) or TV spin-offs (The Man from U.N.C.L.E.). This weekend also sees the release of another addition to the genre, Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer negotiating a prisoner exchange during the Cold War.

Spies have long been an object of fascination for movie producers. James Bond alone has been the star of many movies over more than 50 years. There is something oddly compelling about their confidence and poise, their ability to read every situation and succeed in their mission. Looking at the diverse array of spy movies coming out this year alone, it is clear that Hollywood’s fascination with that occupation is still holding strong.

If you’re in the mood for a spy movie this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a copy today!

Star Wars Reads Day

star wars readsCelebrate Star Wars Reads Day at the LSC-Tomball Community Library! We’ll have tons of books to check out, crafts to create, and prize drawings. And don’t forget to come in costume and pose for a picture with special costumed guests from the 501st Legion! Free for all ages. Saturday, October 10 from 1:00-3:00pm.

The first 30 kids get a free inflatable lightsaber, so don’t be late!

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

See you there!

Flickr CC: light reading Photo by: Peter Hopper

The Master of Suspense

hitchcockIt’s finally October, which means Halloween is just around the corner! If I’m being completely honest, Halloween isn’t my favorite of the fall holidays. I much prefer the food and family togetherness of Thanksgiving and, well, everything about Christmas. One of my favorite things about Halloween, though, is the movies.

As a kid I loved classic horror movies like Frankenstein, Dracula and The Wolfman. They weren’t really that frightening, but they still gave me a scare! Now I tend to gravitate towards a different sort of movie at Halloween: psychological thrillers. These are the movies where every character has a secret, no one knows who to trust, and the tension is palpable. In my opinion, no one in Hollywood understood psychological thrillers better than the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock.

In a career spanning almost six decades, Hitchcock saw the transition from silent films to talking pictures, and black and white to color. He directed movies in both England and the United States, and successfully captured television audiences with his long-running show Alfred Hitchcock Presents. His movies were famous for their psychological twists and turns, unusual camera angles, use of music (or the lack thereof) to underscore tension, director cameos, and blonde heroines. Not only was Hitchcock a master of creating and sustaining suspense (the playground scene in The Birds is a classic example), but he also found ways to push what was acceptable in movies. The shower scene in Psycho, for example, was more violent than American audiences were used to at the time and ushered in a new wave of horror films. Although Hitchcock never won an Academy Award for his direction (he was nominated five times), he remains one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.

If you’re in the mood for a Hitchcock classic this cool weekend, browse the list below and request your favorite!

Mini Piñatas for Teens

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Hey teens! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us and make mini piñatas! All supplies are provided. Teen programs are for teens and tweens ages 10 and older. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, October 5 from 1:00-2:00pm.

See you there!

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

Thank You to the Friends of the Tomball Library

After years of dedicated service, the members of the Friends of the Tomball Library have decided to retire. Their volunteer efforts supported staff and the community through countless successful Summer Reading Programs, holiday celebrations, building moves, and more. We at the library appreciate their efforts to spread a love of literacy and the library throughout the community. These committed volunteers have touched the lives of many people in the community, and we express thanks for their years of steadfast service.

Here’s to a wonderful retirement!



Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration

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Hispanic Heritage Month is an annual celebration honoring American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. Held every year from September 15th to October 15th, it allows people the opportunity to learn more about the histories and cultures of these countries.

Join us on Saturday, September 26th from 2:00-4:00pm for a Hispanic Heritage Month Celebration at the Tomball Library. This celebration will feature a performance from the dance troupe Ballet Folklorico Las Americas at 2:00pm, a children’s craft and light refreshments. This is a free event for the whole family. 

The Friends of the Tomball Community Library will also be hosting a book sale and membership drive during the Celebration. Look for more information on the sale next week!

See you there!

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

It’s TV Time, Again

tvEvery year I look forward to fall and all it brings with it: cooler temperatures (scarf weather!), pumpkin-flavored everything, my favorite holidays (Thanksgiving & Christmas), and new episodes of favorite TV shows. I love TV, but I admit that last season I somehow fell drastically behind with many of my favorite shows. In fact, I didn’t clear several shows from the DVR until just a couple of weeks ago. And, I still have 2 shows that are only half watched! It wasn’t that I didn’t want to watch the shows as they aired. I just, for one reason or another, didn’t have time. Now I’m enjoying binge-watching episodes each weekend in preparation for the upcoming seasons.

If, like me, you fell behind last season, or you’re simply curious about a new (or older!) show currently airing, check out the list below and see what HCPL has to offer! Most of these shows premiere on TV in the next two or three weeks. But with cliffhanger endings the norm for many shows nowadays, new episodes can’t come fast enough!

  • Fall TV Picks:

Have Fun Storming the Castle!

princess bride mapIn general, I’m not much of a nonfiction reader. I tend to be a plot-driven reader, and plot just isn’t what drives a nonfiction book. But over the past year and a half, I have broadened my horizons, listening to several celebrity memoirs and essay collections during my commute to and from work. The first three of these (Tina Fey’s Bossypants; Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging out Without Me? (and Other Concerns); and Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please) were all in theme: life lessons from smart, funny women working in comedic television and movies. I’m not that well-versed in sitcoms and sketch comedy, but I enjoyed listening to these women reflect on their lives, the lessons they have learned through their work in television and comedy, and the people who helped them along the way.

This past week, I have been listening to yet another nonfiction audiobook, As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride. Written by Cary Elwes, who played Westley, the dashing hero in The Princess Bride, this book is full of behind-the-scenes stories and fond reminiscences. The Princess Bride has long been one of my favorite movies, so listening to Cary Elwes (with guest appearances by various other members of the cast) recount stories about the experience of making it has made for an enjoyable commute.

Here are some of my favorite stories shared by Elwes:

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