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School Day Blues...

dorm roomIt’s official! Summer is over and the school year has begun. Like most Americans, I went to a public high school, but I always wondered what it would be like to attend a boarding school. I didn’t actually want to live away from home, but boarding school always seemed so exotic. Fortunately for me and all the other kids stuck in public schooling, there are plenty of movies set at boarding schools in America and abroad. Most of these movies are realistic depictions of boarding schools now, but some are firmly set in a fantasy world. (I know I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter!) Sometimes boarding school really does look like the exciting place I imagined as a kid, but most often it has the same drama as a regular high school.  

Whether you went off to boarding school each September or took the bus to a public high school, there are plenty of great movies set at boarding schools. Browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly Boarding School Movie Picks:

Teen Summer Writing Contest Winners

fountain penLast week, the winners of the Teen Summer Writing Contest were announced at a reception held at the Tomball Library. Hosted in conjunction with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Writing Contest was a huge success. Over 100 entries were submitted by teens from both branches, various other HCPL branches, and five states across the country. Thanks to all the teens who wrote and submitted fantastic entries!

Congratulations to all our winners for their outstanding poems and short stories!

Teen Luau

pineapple boy and girlHey teens! Stop by the library next week for the End of Summer Luau! We’ll eat food, play games, make leis and have fun. Don’t miss out! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 2nd from 3:00-4:30pm.

And don’t forget the last Teen Movie Night of the summer! Call the library at 832-559-4200 for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, August 4th from 7:00-9:00pm.

Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? There's still time! All you have to do is register and log your progress (5 books or 600 minutes) online by August 6th, then stop by the library for cool prizes! You can even pick up your prizes at the Luau!

2011 Primetime Emmy Nominees

EmmyLast Thursday the nominees for the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards were announced. Amidst all the Harry Potter pandemonium of last week, I missed the initial announcement, but I’m glad to see that some of my favorite shows, actors and actresses have been nominated for awards this year. Although I don’t care quite as much for the Emmys as I do for the Oscars, I do have firm opinions about who I think should win in each category (and who I think should have been nominated). A number of categories this year seem to have obvious frontrunners. It will be interesting to see if the safe choices win, or if there are any upsets.

Teens: Duct Tape Crafts

duct tape handbagsHey teens! Stop by the library this week and make something awesome out of colorful duct tape! All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 26 at 3:00pm.

And don’t forget Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Call the library at 832-559-4200 for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, July 28 from 7:00-9:00pm.

There’s still time to register for the Summer Reading Program. All you have to do is read any 5 books (or for 600 minutes) this summer, log them online, and stop by the library for cool prizes!

Brrr!

snow

It’s the height of summer and, boy, is it hot! When the daily temperature is in the triple digits and walking from the car to the door has me covered in a sheen of sweat, I can’t help but wish for cooler climes. When beach days and migration aren’t an option, I like to curl up on the couch and watch cold weather movies. I can’t honestly say that watching movies with snow makes me feel less like I’m about to suffer heat stroke, but it’s always worth a try. If nothing else, I am inside with the AC while the movie is playing!

If you’re in need of colder weather but stuck in Texas, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Cold Movie Picks:

LEGOs & Movies

Lego Indiana JonesHey teens! Relive your childhood and create something spectacular out of LEGOs! Prizes will be given for the most creative designs. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday July 19 at 3:00pm.

And don’t forget Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Call the library for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, July 21 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Flickr CC: Everyone needs a getaway Photo by: Kenny Louie

Teens: Harry Potter Release Party

Harry PotterHey teens! The last Harry Potter movie (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2) comes out in theaters on Friday. Are you ready? Get geared up for the end of the series with a Harry Potter Release Party! We’ll have food, crafts, games and prizes. Costumes encouraged, but not required. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 12th at 3:00pm.

For more information about this and other Harry Potter-themed programs, call the library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: We are only as strong as we are united Photo by: Juliana Coutinho

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

baseballsIt’s the middle of summer and halfway through baseball season. I’m not a huge baseball fan myself, but I do enjoy a good baseball movie. Baseball movies remind me of sitting in the nosebleed section at the ballpark, eating hot dogs and peanuts, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch, watching fireworks after the game, and cheering on my favorite team.

If you’re like me and can’t make it out to Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros play, there are plenty of baseball movies to get you through the season. Browse the HCPL catalog and request your favorite today!

Kimberly’s Baseball Movie Picks:

Crafty Teens: Memory Boxes

craft suppliesHey teens! Need a break from the summer heat? Stop by the library next week and decorate a memory box to take home! All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own decorative items. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 5th from 3:00-4:30pm.

Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? All you have to do is read any 5 books (or for 600 minutes) this summer, log them online, and stop by the library for cool prizes!

Call the library at 832-559-4200 for more information.

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