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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!

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

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:

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.

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