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Teen Holiday Craft

holiday craftHey teens! Stop by and make an awesome holiday-themed craft using canvas & painted puzzle pieces! Keep it for yourself, or gift it to someone for the holidays. Don’t want to make something holiday-themed? That’s okay! Make any design you want using painted puzzle pieces. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10 and up. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, December 7 from 1:00-2:00pm.

See you there!

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

Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town…

Babbo NataleYou'd better watch out, you'd better not cry
You'd better not pout, I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town
- 'Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town', John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie

I’ve said this year after year, but it bears repeating: I love Christmas! Christmas was always a big celebration in my house as a child, so the holiday has always been my favorite. I love putting up decorations (in fact, I’ve already helped decorate 3 different trees!), singing Christmas carols, watching Christmas movies, making Christmas cookies, and picking out the perfect gifts for family and friends.

As a child, one of my favorite things about Christmas was, of course, Santa Claus. I loved picturing him in his workshop at the North Pole, preparing all year long with the elves for Christmas. There was nothing I wanted more than to take The Polar Express to the North Pole and hear the reindeer bells. I even wrote a letter to Santa every year and, once or twice, received a reply! And there was nothing more fun than waking up Christmas morning to find that Santa had eaten the cookies we set out and left presents under the tree.

Although Christmas movies take all forms and genres, Santa continues to be a popular theme. In some, like The Santa Clause, he is the main character, while in others, like Frosty the Snowman, he plays only a minor role. A few of these movies, like The Nightmare Before Christmas, even feature a character posing as Santa for some nefarious purpose. But no matter the role, Santa is always crucial to the climax of the story.

It’s early in December yet, but it’s certainly time to start watching favorite Christmas movies! If you’re in the mood for a movie featuring Santa Claus, check out one of the titles below. Many of the movies on the list are meant for children, but that doesn’t mean adults can’t still watch them and remember the magic and wonder of Christmases past.

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!

board game day

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

mini pinatas

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!

Friends

 

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

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