Kimberly C's blog

Free SAT Practice Test

pencilHey teens! Getting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? The Princeton Review is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, March 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, April 2 from 10:00am to 12:00pm. 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

When Irish Eyes are Smiling…

Irish landscapeSt. Patrick’s Day is nearly here, but you don’t have to be Irish to appreciate the holiday. In fact, everyone is at least a little bit Irish on St. Patrick’s Day!

I think it is easy to fall into the habit of romanticizing Ireland - imagining the green hills, dancing leprechauns and pots of gold, enchanting accents, and charming small towns. But there is far more to Ireland than the pretty picture Hollywood has painted for us. Fortunately, Ireland has a number of well-respected movie producers, directors, screenwriters, and actors striving to show the rest of the world the Ireland they know. It is not always the idyllic picture we expect, but it is brimming with history and passion.

Teen Tech Week!

shadow with cameraNext week, March 6-12, is Teen Tech Week! Show off your tech skills with digital cameras and photoshop fun. Come make awesome avatars, 2D-virtual photos or animated gifs for your online profile. Cameras will be provided for use during the program. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 8 from 4:00-5:00 pm.

Flickr CC: digital camera Photo by: tamaki

And the Oscar Goes To...

Hollywood

Like many movie (or fashion!) buffs, I spent last night watching the Academy Awards. Voted on by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Oscars are the crowning moment in a hotly contested awards season. Even when all the awards seem like sure bets and the broadcast runs long, there is something so effortlessly romantic about the Oscars.

Every year, I join a group of friends, fill out my ballot, cross my fingers and hope my favorites win. There is oohing and aahing over the dapper men and elegant women on the red carpet (and the inevitable gasps of horror when someone makes a fashion misstep), cheering when my favorite wins and frustration when they don’t.

Tweet, Tweet!

Twitter LogoAre you on Twitter? We are! We’ll be tweeting about upcoming events, interesting things happening in the community, tidbits about books and libraries in general, and anything else that strikes our fancy. Come browse through our tweets and, if you have your own Twitter account, follow us to get the latest scoop!

A Lot Like Love...

love locksValentine’s Day has come and gone, but February is still the month of love! Last week, in the spirit of the month, I wrote about classic love stories in film. Full of grand gestures and promises, these films make viewers long for a sweeping romance of their own.

But not all love stories have to be tragic and passionate. Some of my favorites are light-hearted romantic comedies. These movies are often looked down upon by critics and labeled as too “girly”, but the genre is constantly expanding and pushing the boundaries of what makes a watchable, believable romantic comedy. There is certainly something to be said about love with a dash of screwball humor, a sprinkling of witty banter, and a pinch of awkward situations.

If you’re in the mood for a romantic comedy, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today! 

Kimberly’s Romantic Comedy Picks:

Love Is In the Air...

heartValentine’s Day is just around the corner and love is in the air! Although there is a part of me (all right, it’s a pretty big part) that adores movies with huge explosions and impossible stunts, there is an even bigger part that loves sappy love stories gloriously rendered on film. In some ways, these love stories are just as improbable as the action-packed thrillers, but that doesn’t seem to matter. What does matter is that they are grand and sweeping, sweet and funny, sometimes sad, but always hopeful.

In 2002, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of the 100 Greatest Love Stories of all time. I don’t know if I agree with the entire list, but it is worth a look. Where did your favorites rank?

Teen Crafty Tuesday: Valentines

craft supplies and valentinesHey, teens! Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? Stop by the library and make awesome Valentines to give to your friends! All supplies provided, but feel free to bring your own. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, February 8 from 4:00 - 5:00 pm

Flickr CC: Valentine's Cards 2010 | Marin 365; Day #42 Photo by: cproppe

 

On a Musical Note...

musical score & batonOne of my favorite aspects of a movie, beyond the plot and the characters, the dialogue and the costumes, is the orchestral soundtrack. I love how a skilled composer can use the score to build emotion, foreshadow danger, identify characters, establish setting and, most important of all, pull the viewer into the heart of the movie. I firmly believe that a film without a score to support it would fall apart. At the very least, the movie would lack the added emotional depth a successful film score provides.

Teen Game Day!

Wii Remote

Need a break from the new semester? Come to the library for Teen Game Day! Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, show off your dance movies with Just Dance, or be a Guitar Hero. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, January 11th from 4:00-5:00 pm.

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

Flickr CCDunny Moofia Wii Party - Bring a Wrist Strap! Photo bye: _mubblegum

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