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Memorial Day Holiday

Memorial Day

Each Memorial Day we honor the brave men and women who have fallen while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In observance of the holiday, the library will remain open regular hours Friday and Saturday, but will be closed this coming Monday, May 25. The library will reopen for business Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00 am.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe Memorial Day, and extend gratitude to those who have given their lives in service to their country.

Kick off Your Sunday Shoes

dancing sculptureA high school dance is a rite of passage for many teenagers. Whether it is Spring Fling, the Homecoming Dance, a Winter Formal or Senior Prom, most people probably have a story or two from their own high school dance. These dances seem so important to the high school experience that they appear as turning points in many movies. In movies that feature a dance, relationships are made and broken on the dance floor, impassioned speeches are delivered, and the mean girls always learn their lesson.

Unfortunately, none of my high school dances involved spontaneous choreographed dancing, elaborately decorated ballrooms, or happily ever after like they do in the movies. But they also didn’t include buckets of blood, tears or murder, so I suppose I can handle the memories of uncoordinated dancing.

Below, I have put together a list of movies that feature a school dance. Although most of the movies don’t revolve around the dance, it does play a crucial part in the plot and the developing relationships of the characters. Which movie dance do you wish you could attend?

Avengers Assemble!

avengersThis weekend The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the highly anticipated next installment in Marvel’s blockbuster superhero movies, hits theaters. Unlike many superhero movies that focus on the origin story of one particular hero, The Avengers brings together a massive cast of actors and actresses. Some of the actors, like Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Downey Jr, are well-known veterans of film, while others, like Elizabeth Olsen, are relative newcomers not only to the Marvel universe, but to Hollywood.

But one thing all of these actors and actresses have in common is talent and charisma. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the moves and TV shows this group has done outside their work as Marvel superheroes. If you can’t make it to the movies this weekend to see The Avengers: Age of Ultron, or you just want to see what your favorite superhero does in his or her downtime, check out some of these other titles!

Paul Bettany (Jarvis/Vision) A Beautiful Mind; A Knight’s Tale; Inkheart; Master & Commander: The Far Side of The World

Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine)Crash; Flight; Hotel Rwanda; House of Lies; Ocean’s Eleven, Twelve & Thirteen; Traffic

Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man)Chef; Home for the Holidays; The Judge; Sherlock Holmes; Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Chris Evans (Steve Rogers/Captain America)Fantastic 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer; The Losers; Snowpiercer; Sunshine; TMNT; What’s Your Number?

A Furniture Facelift

furnitureEarlier this year, the Tomball Library celebrated its 10th anniversary on the Lone Star-College campus. After ten years of constant use, we thought it was time for a furniture facelift. New chairs (in lovely purple fabrics to match the colors in the carpeting) and tables are now scattered throughout the first floor of the library. Look for them by the book drop, the shelves of DVDs, the shelves of New Books, and other places.

Stop by the library sometime soon and tell us what you think of our new furniture!

Vroom, Vroom...

deloreanTwo weeks ago Furious 7, the highly anticipated addition to The Fast & The Furious movie franchise, released in theaters to huge box office numbers. Much of this box office success is, of course, generated by fans of the series. But a far more solemn reason behind Furious 7’s success is that it was the last movie filmed by Paul Walker before he passed away in a tragic accident last year. The success of this movie stands as a testament not only to the draw of action movies in general, but to Walker’s enduring legacy as a respected and beloved actor.

Movies revolving around cars had long been a staple in Hollywood before The Fast & The Furious premiered in 2001. That franchise is, perhaps, unique in its success, but it is not unique in its portrayal of the culture of cars and the people who drive them. However, a movie doesn’t necessarily have to be about cars for it to feature a recognizable vehicle. In fact, some movie cars are so iconic, like the DeLorean in Back to the Future, that, even though they are not the central plot of the film, they almost become an extra character in the movie.

Below, I have listed a few movies that prominently feature cars. Some of these are firmly entrenched in car culture, while others simply feature an iconic car. Which is your favorite?

50+ Bus Trip to Chappell Hill Lavender Farm

lavender

Join us for a relaxing bus trip to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm! Entrance to the Lavender Farm is free, but you may cut lavender to take home for $5 a bunch. Lunch will be at Must Be Heaven in Brenham, followed by shopping and wandering in Downtown Brenham. Please bring money for lunch and any shopping you might wish to do.

We will meet in the library lobby on Thursday, May 7th at 9:00 am. The bus will leave promptly at 9:15 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.

Flickr CC: Field of lavender Photo by: antgirl

Earth Day Seed Bombs

wildflowersGet ready for Earth Day with us! Come by the library and make colorful seed bombs to beautify your yard. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens, ages 10 and up. Meet in the second floor Conference Room on Monday, April 6 at 1:00 pm.

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

Flickr CC: Texas A&M Wildflower Field Photo by: sarowen

Holiday Hours This Weekend

easter eggsThe library will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 2nd and will remain closed the rest of the weekend in honor of the Easter holiday. It will reopen normal hours on Monday, April 6th. Reminder: Since the library will be closed, there will be no AARP Tax Aide on Saturday, April 4th.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy weekend. Don’t forget to stock up on books and DVD’s for the long weekend!

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

Flickr CC: easter eggs Photo by: lucymay6

Inconceivable!

ferris buellerThe Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Napoleon Dynamite, A Christmas Story, Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Mummy, Airplane!, Pitch Perfect and Clueless.

A seemingly random assortment of movies that all have one thing in common: They are all extremely quotable. They are so quotable that lines from these movies have made their way into everyday conversation. (In fact, one of my younger brothers still retorts, in true Napoleon fashion, “your mom goes to college” when provoked.)  Movie quotes are as important to the longevity of a movie as the acting, the plot, and the visual effects. They are so important, in fact, that the American Film Institute released a list in 2005 of the 100 best movie quotes.

Below, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite quotes from the AFI’s list, 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes. Which quote from the list is your favorite? Is there a quote you think should have been on the list?

  • I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather (#2)
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  • Here’s looking at you, kid. Casablanca (#5)

AARP Tax Aide

taxesApril 15th will be here before you know it! Don’t let it sneak up on you this year. Let AARP help you get your taxes filed before the deadline!  Our dedicated AARP volunteers are at the library three times a week, helping 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 from 12:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm until April 15.

Please bring these items with you:

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