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Harry Potter Yule Ball

Harry Potter

Hey teens! Celebrate the winter holidays with a Harry Potter-style Yule Ball! Grab your friends and stop by the library for dancing, food & fun. Costumes or formal attire encouraged, but not required. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, December 8th from 6:30-8:30 pm.

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

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

Bradley Cooper = Sexiest Man Alive

bradley cooperIt’s official! Bradley Cooper is People’s Sexiest Man Alive for 2011. Each year’s announcement always tends to be a bit divisive among readers, but there is no denying the talent and box office power of the actors chosen. Bradley Cooper is no exception. I first remember seeing him in 2001 when, relatively early in his acting career, he appeared as Will Tippin on the TV show Alias. Since then he’s had a successful career playing a variety of different roles. Whether he’s the romantic lead, the action hero or the comic relief, Bradley Cooper always manages to charm viewers. 

If you have never seen a Bradley Cooper film or you just want to re-watch an old favorite, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Bradley Cooper Movie (& TV) Picks:

To Write or Not to Write...

journal & penNovember is National Novel Writing Month! Some of you might already be hard at work, racing to reach 50,000 words by the end of the month. Most of you are probably like me, putting your novel off for another year because November is too much to handle on its own. The writing process is fairly solitary and, for those of us who aren’t deeply engrained in the art, shrouded in mystery. What drives a person to give shape to their imagination and pour out their soul on paper? This question has been studied in film for many years and, whether the movie revolves around real authors or fictitious characters, the answers are as creative, varied and inexplicable as the writers.

Whether you are working on your novel and need inspiration, or you need a break from November stress, browse the HCPL catalog and request an authorial movie today!

Kimberly’s Authorial Movie Picks:

Teens: Just Dance

danceHey teens! Need a break from studying? Come show off your best dance moves with Just Dance for the Nintendo Wii! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, November 8th from 5:00-6:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: 195/365 shall wii dance? Photo by: Josh Fassbind

The Penalty Box

hockey

It’s hockey season! I unabashedly adore hockey. I love the excitement of a perfectly executed goal and the adrenaline of a power play, the broken sticks and dirty fights, shouting at the opposing team’s goalie and ringing a cowbell. Most of all, I love cheering on the home team as they battle their way to victory. Here in Houston, we are fortunate enough to have our own American Hockey League team– the Aeros. Last year the Aeros made it all the way to game 6 of the Calder Cup playoffs; I was in the crowd at the Toyota Center that night, cheering them on. The Aeros ultimately lost, but I have high hopes for the new season!

Farewell Steve Jobs

apple iPodOn Wednesday, October 5, Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, passed away after a lengthy illness. I was late to join the club of enthusiasts devoted to Apple products, but since saving my pennies and buying my first iPod in 2004, I have been a loyal fan. Like many people around the world, I am saddened by the loss of such a charismatic, forward-thinking individual.

SAT Practice Test

pencilGetting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? Kaplan is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, October 8 from 10:15am to 2:15pm in the first floor Meeting Room. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, October 15 from 10:15am to 11:15am. Registration is required. For more information or to register for the test, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: Pencil Photo by: mammal

And the Emmy Goes To...

EmmyLike many people, last Sunday I watched the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Although not as glitzy and glamorous as the Academy Awards, I do enjoy seeing all my favorite television personalities in one room. Unlike the Oscars, where the top prizes are practically certain a few weeks before the awards show, the Emmys tend to have more surprises. This year the awards were particularly unpredictable, with frontrunners passed over for newcomers and underdogs. It certainly made for an exciting evening!

Comedy Awards:

Crafty Teens: Tissue Paper Flowers

pompomsHey teens! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and make beautiful tissue paper flowers! All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:00-6:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Blue Hanging PomPoms Photo by: Barb Watson

One-Two Punch

boxing glovesThis weekend, a movie I have been looking forward to for months finally arrives in theaters: Warrior. The story of two estranged brothers meeting in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, Warrior promises to be an intense addition to the inspirational sports movie genre. I always appreciate a good inspirational sports movie, but those featuring fighting are some of my favorites. I can remember watching Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport on TV repeatedly as a teenager and, to this day, it remains one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies.

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