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Ninja Stress Balls

ninja stress balls

June is nearly over. Have you signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Create an account, log 5 books, and then pick up your prize at the library. It’s as easy as that!

This week, stop by the library and make a masked ninja stress ball! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 30 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Heroes & Villains Ball

heroes and villains mall

Calling all heroes and villains! Put on your fanciest cape and join us for an evening of dancing, crafts, a photo booth, and snacks. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

And don’t miss the second session of Summer of Code later in the week! Missed the first session? Don’t worry! You can still come and learn the basics of computer coding. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, June 25 from 10:00-11:00am.

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

Comic Canvases


COMIC CANVASES

The Teen Summer Reading Program is off to a great start! (If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?) This week, use paint, Mod Podge, old comic books and a canvas to create a work of art for your wall! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 16 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Live Action Hungry Hungry Hippos


hungry hippos flyer

Don’t miss the first teen program of the summer! The hippos are hungry and need to be fed. Are you up for the challenge in a crazy, live action game of Hungry Hungry Hippos? For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Undercover

secretsEarlier this week, I finished watching the first season of Graceland, a current television show about a group of undercover federal agents living and working out of a government-seized beach house in California. The show is addictive, suspenseful and smart, with secrets and lies in every storyline. By the end of the season, my opinions about each character had changed so many times that I wasn’t quite sure who to trust. 

The world of undercover cops and federal agents has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers. Audiences are fascinated by the idea of cultivating an undercover identity and infiltrating the criminal underworld. There is danger at every turn, secrets to guard and to uncover, and even the smallest misstep can lead to the very real possibility of exposure. Movies about undercover work not only give us a sneak peek into the criminal world, but into the psychology of what it might be like to live a lie. In nearly every undercover movie, there is a point where viewers worry the character might have crossed over the line and is in danger of becoming the very person they are trying to catch. It is this delicate balance between good and evil that invites filmmakers and audiences to explore the world of undercover cops time and again.

Of course, not every movie about undercover cops is dark and suspenseful. Some of them, like Miss Congeniality and 21 Jump Street, take a funnier, more light-hearted approach to undercover work. These movies may not delve as deeply into the psychology of undercover, but they certainly have their place.

If you’re in the mood for an undercover movie this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

San AndreasIn my years enthusiastically discussing movies with everyone I meet, I have noticed that even when people have wildly different tastes in films, they always (and this is a blatant generalization) agree on one thing: The Rock. Everyone loves The Rock. He is effortlessly cool and charismatic, imposing in stature, but an overall nice guy with a strong work ethic and a healthy appreciation for his fans.

Despite his immense popularity as an actor, Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock) didn’t start out in movies. In college, he played football for the University of Miami and had dreams of eventually going pro. But after a series of injuries left him benched, he turned to professional wrestling, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The first third-generation professional wrestler for the WWF, Johnson quickly made a name for himself in the ring. 

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!

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