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September Computer Classes

keyboardWant to learn more about computers? The library hosts free computer classes for adults! Whether you are interested in using a computer for the first time, or just want a refresher course, there is a class for you. We even offer two classes a month taught in Spanish!

All computer classes scheduled for September (and a bonus October class!) are listed below. Click on the class title to go to the registration page. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

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

Flickr CC: Keyboard Photo by cooper gary

Touchdown!

yard linesWe’re now partway through the NFL preseason and football fever is well and truly in the air. If I’m being honest, I’m a pretty terrible example of a football fan. My football knowledge is pretty basic, watching games live gives me anxiety (Will my team win? Why are we losing at the half?! That was a terrible call!), and I am really only invested in one or two teams at a time (the Houston Texans and, in college football, my beloved Texas Aggies). Despite all that, each year I find myself more and more caught up by the football fervor that sweeps over the country.

Fortunately, you don’t have to be a super fan to enjoy a football movie. I say fortunately because, as you’ve no doubt noticed, there are an awful lot of football movies coming out of Hollywood. It would be a shame to miss them when most feature actors popular with both critics and audiences (i.e., Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side and Mark Wahlberg in Invincible), and many are based on inspiring true stories. Some football movies add humor to the game, while others, like We are Marshall inspire viewers to rise above and persevere.

Whether you’re playing football, fantasy football or armchair football this season, check out one of these movies for a little bit of inspiration!

August Computer Classes

keyboardDid you know that the library hosts computer classes for adults? Whether you are interested in using a computer for the first time, or just want a refresher course, there is a class for you. We even offer two classes a month taught in Spanish!

All computer classes scheduled for August are listed below. Click on the class title to go to the registration page. Pre-registration is appreciated, but not required.

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

Flickr CC: Blogging? Photo by: Anonymous Account

The Western

west texas stormLast weekend, I went on a road trip to West Texas to visit family. If you have ever made that trip yourself, you know that driving across Texas is always a crazy experience. First, it takes a really long time to get anywhere by car because Texas is just that big. Not even the 80 mph speed limits make that much of a dent. Second, the scenery outside the car window is always changing as you travel across the state. From cityscapes and flatlands to the green trees of hill country and the brown expanse of West Texas, it is hard to believe it all belongs in one state.

Pudding Pictionary


pudding pictionary

The last week of Summer Reading is finally here! (If you haven’t logged your 5 books yet or picked up your prize, what are you waiting for?) We’re ending SRP in style, with two teen programs! First, on Tuesday, come play Pudding Pictionary – the messiest game of Pictionary, where pudding is the drawing board! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 4th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Then don’t miss the very last session of Summer of Code later in the week! Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, August 6th from 10:00-11:00am.

See you there!

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

67th Primetime Emmy Nominations

emmyLast week, the nominations for the Primetime Emmys were announced. Honoring excellence in primetime television, the Emmys are highly anticipated by those in the field and those of us who simply love television. As a self-professed lover of all things TV, the Emmys align perfectly with my interests.

Like most years at the Emmys, there are many familiar titles and faces nominated in the comedy and drama categories. Because of the multi-season nature of most television shows, this makes sense. This sort of repetitive nomination pattern is less likely to happen at, for example, the Oscars, where new movies are released in theaters each year, starring different actors and actresses, and written, directed and produced by different people. In television, a show might be nominated every year it runs, like Modern Family, or it might receive a nomination its first season, only to be replaced in future years by the next big show.

This year, however, there are a number of new names amongst the nominations. The Lead Actress in a Drama category is a prime example of this, with three new faces including Viola Davis and Taraji P. Henson, both strong, talented actresses who made the switch from movies to television, and Tatiana Maslany, who is finally nominated for her third season of incredible work on Orphan Black. This year also sees an increase in television produced by streaming companies like Netflix and Amazon. It will be interesting to see how this new format of television continues to impact the field in years to come.

With such an eclectic group of nominees, I, for one, am curious how the votes might fall this year. Will the Emmys go to the familiar faces in television, or will the new shows and faces be recognized for their addition to Primetime television?

Below, I have listed the nominees in the drama and comedy categories for Outstanding Series, Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actress. Who would you like to see win an Emmy this year?

Paracord Bracelets

paracord bracelets

The Summer Reading Program is quickly drawing to a close. Still haven’t signed up? Don’t worry! You have until August 8th to register, log your 5 books or 600 minutes, and claim awesome prizes!

And don’t forget to join us for a teen program on Tuesday. We’ll be making paracord bracelets that are both fashionable and useful during the zombie apocalypse! All supplies provided.  For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 28 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Henna & Summer of Code

Henna

Hey teens! There are only 3 Tuesday programs left this summer, and we know you won’t want to miss them. On Tuesday, stop by the library and draw temporary designs on your skin using henna paste! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 21 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Don’t forget: parental permission is REQUIRED to participate in this event. Permission forms are available at the Reference Desk and at the program.

And don’t miss the next session of Summer of Code later in the week! There are only 2 sessions left this summer! Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, July 23rd from 10:00-11:00am.

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

Marble Roller Coasters & Comic Canvases


marble roller coasters

Next week’s a big one for Teen Summer Reading! First, work with a team to design and build a roller coaster out of foam tubing. Then use marbles to take the coasters on a test run! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 14th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Then on Wednesday, come to the rescheduled Comic Canvases! Use paint, Mod Podge, old comic books and a canvas to create a work of art for your wall! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

sharkHappy Shark Week! In 1988, the very first Shark Week, an annual event that offers movies and documentaries that promote shark awareness, premiered on the Discovery Channel. Now in its 28th year, Shark Week is more popular than ever.

Of course, this fascination with sharks didn’t start with Shark Week. Thirteen years previously in 1975, Jaws was released to massive critical and fan acclaim. With masterful direction by Steven Spielberg, a script co-written by Peter Benchley (who wrote the novel the film was based on) and Carl Gottlieb, an ominous main theme by John Williams, and memorable performances by stellar actors and an often-faulty mechanical shark, Jaws has become not only a cult classic, but one of the greatest movies of the twentieth century.

Since that time, sharks have repeatedly served as the inspiration for movies – often in a slightly campy, yet terrifying capacity. In fact, many a sci fi creature feature has starred an outrageously unrealistic shark terrorizing beachgoers. But that’s not to say that sharks can’t be friendly. In Pixar’s Finding Nemo, for example, the sharks are learning that “fish are friends, not food!” No matter the role, sharks remain a familiar feature in movies.

If you’re in the mood for a shark movie or two, but missed some of this year’s Shark Week programming, the library has you covered! Check out the list below and request a shark movie today!

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