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68th Primetime Emmy Nominations

emmy Last week the nominations for the 68th Primetime Emmys, which honor excellence in television, were announced. Like every year, the nominations in the drama and comedy categories are a mix of familiar names and newcomers. Since the television shows nominated in these categories run for multiple seasons, it makes sense that there would be repeat nominations each year. It is refreshing, however, to see new faces and titles added to the nominations list.

Although the nominations in the drama categories remain similar to last year, there are few new additions. New favorite Mr. Robot received multiple nominations for its first season, as did The Americans, finally recognized for its stellar fourth season. Game of Thrones also did well this year, with five acting nominations for Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, and Maisie Williams.

The comedy categories also showcase a few new faces. Nominated for outstanding comedy series, black-ish and Master of None also received additional acting nominations. Additionally, new actors in shows like Veep and Transparent received nominations for their work this past season.

Below, I have listed the nominees in the drama and comedy categories for Outstanding Series, Lead Actor and Actress, and Supporting Actor and Actress. With the mix of old and new in each category, it will be interesting to see which way the votes fall at this year’s Primetime Emmys. Who would you like to see win an Emmy?

Teens Create: T-Shirt Bags

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Hey teens! There are only a few more weeks of Summer Reading left (sign up here, if you haven’t already!), but there are still fun programs to come. This coming Tuesday, stop by and make a no-sew bag out of an old t-shirt! If you have an old t-shirt of your own you want to repurpose, make sure to bring it with you. Other t-shirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis and are for teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 19 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

The Art of Quilling

quillingQuilling, which dates back to the Renaissance, is the art of rolling small strips of paper into shapes and designs. This art form is simplistic enough to appeal to all ages, and can be used to create small, modest pieces or complex works of art.

This coming Saturday the Tomball Library is hosting an introduction to quilling program, open to families and all ages. Supplies are provided on a first come, first serve basis and attendees should leave with a completed quilling project. Meet in the Children’s Activity Room on Saturday, July 16th from 11:00am-1:00pm.

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

Independence Day Closure

July 4th Closure

In observance of the upcoming Independence Day holiday, the Tomball Library will be closed Saturday, July 2nd through Monday, July 4th. The library will reopen for business Tuesday, July 5th at 8:00 am.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe Fourth of July, and look forward to seeing you in the library for exciting summer programs next week!

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

A Murder of Crime Dramas

police lightI am a huge fan of TV - particularly of procedural crime dramas. For years, my favorite TV show has been Criminal Minds and I’ve watched the series so many times that I can pretty much place any episode within the first five minutes. (I honestly don’t know whether that’s a silly skill to be proud of, or if I need to find a better use for my time.) During the regular television season, I spend most of my TV time watching the whole gamut of network crime shows: NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Criminal Minds, Person of Interest and Elementary. But once the season finales air, I have to explore new TV options to fill the summer hiatus.

Although crime dramas are hugely popular on TV, they don’t all fit the same mold. Some are fairly formulaic, yes, but many bring something extra to the viewing experience. Sometimes it’s a plot full of twists and turns or a case that lasts the whole season; at other times it’s a unique detective or interesting setting. Last night, in my quest, I started watching Longmire, which features a Wyoming county sheriff who solves major crimes. With its rural setting, sweeping landscapes, and a sheriff reminiscent of classic Westerns, it’s a compelling show that fills the gap in my TV schedule.

If you’re looking for a new show to watch this summer, I have listed out some non-network crime dramas below. Each of these shows has multiple seasons and would make for a great summer binge session.

Teen Cupcake Wars

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Hey teens! On Tuesday, decorate a cupcake inspired by your favorite book using supplies both normal and wacky, then defend it to a panel of judges! Supplies are available on a first come, first served basis and are for teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 28 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Teen Sharpie Art

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The Teen Summer Reading Program is off to a great start! (If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?) On Tuesday, use colorful Sharpies and rubbing alcohol to create marbled patterns on tiles, then color pages from coloring books while they dry. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 21 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Teen Obstacle Course


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Hey teens! Can you beat the clock and make it through the library obstacle course? This course will feature challenges including a laser grid made of yarn, a box tunnel, library mini golf, and more! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 14 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Giant Jenga for Teens

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You won’t want to miss the first teen program of the summer! Test your skills with Giant Jenga! How high can you stack the tower before it comes tumbling down? For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 7 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

A Little Bit of Product Placement

reese's piecesIt’s impossible to escape advertising during a trip to the movies. From the cardboard standees in the lobby, to the commercials and trailers before the movie starts, we are inundated with advertisements the moment we walk inside the theater. And that advertising doesn’t stop when the opening credits role. Now, many movies make some of their profit product placement before the film even opens. Product placement is a technique that allows companies to promote their product or brand through unusual methods.

One of the most well-known examples of product placement in film is with Reese’s Pieces in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Originally, M&M’s were considered for the movie, but when Mars turned the offer down, it allowed a deal to be made with Hershey. After the movie hit theaters, sales for Reese’s Pieces, a less-popular candy at the time, went up dramatically.

Of course, not all product placement in movies is as subtle or as seamlessly integrated into the plot as Reese’s Pieces in E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. There are some movies, like The Internship (a movie I enjoy but that is not universally appreciated), that feel too much like one long commercial for a product. Other movies blatantly force advertising into the script, like an awkward conversation about the Omega watch in Casino Royale, instead of subtly using it. And some movies, like Transformers: Age of Extinction, are so overrun with product placements that don’t fit the plot or that are targeted toward one market at the detriment of another that it actually detracts from the action.

Below I have listed some of the most well-known products or brands seen in movies. Are there any product and movie pairs that I left off the list? Let me know in the comments!

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