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Teen Scream-In

PumpkinAre you ready for Halloween? Don’t miss the Teen Scream-In! This is a joint program between LSC-Tomball Community Library and Barbara Bush Branch Library. It will be held Friday, October 22 from 6:30pm-9:30pm (after the library closes!) at the Barbara Bush Branch Library. We will be holding a costume contest, a mad scientist laugh contest, and a Scream Queen contest. There will also be crafts, games, movies, food and lots of fun!

The Scream-In is for teens ages 12 to 17. Teens must have three signed permission forms to attend the event. Registration forms can be picked up at the Reference Desk and must be turned in by Thursday, October 21. Space is limited.

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

Fall = New TV

autumn leavesDespite the scorching temperatures today, it is, as of September 22nd, officially fall! I love this time of year. In Houston we may not have the multitude of changes that sweep over other parts of the country, but we do have our own version of fall. The temperatures will (slowly) start to drop and the leaves will (eventually) change color. There will be acorns and dry leaves for crunching, pumpkins for carving and pie-making, and bonfires for marshmallow roasting. Most important of all, there will be new episodes of my favorite television shows!

If you are like me, each new TV season brings not only old favorites, but new shows I wish I had time to watch and returning shows that suddenly spark my interest. If I watched everything I wanted to, I’d never do anything else!

Books on the Bayou: Persepolis

PersepolisBooks on the Bayou, an annual community-wide event, will be discussing the graphic novel Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi. Please join us for a screening of the film (rated PG-13), followed by a discussion of both the film and the graphic novel. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room (L129) on Wednesday, September 22 at 6:30 pm.

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

Football, Football, Football!

footballs on a fieldFootball season is here! At least that’s what the radio tells me. This morning while I was sitting in traffic, I quickly noticed that every single station was discussing opening weekend, speculating on how the Texans will do this season, or finalizing fantasy football teams. I admit, this wasn’t my favorite thing to listen to during my commute, but it did get me thinking about movies. I may not be the world’s (or even the library’s) biggest football fan, but I do like good football movies. They make me think of fall and marching bands, team spirit and hot dogs, and standing on the bleachers at

college, cheering on my team.

If you are in the mood for a football flick, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Football Movie Picks:

Free SAT Practice Test

pencils in a jarGetting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? This month the Princeton Review is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, September 18 from 10:30am to 2:30pm. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, September 25 from 10:30am to 12:30pm. Registration is required.

Don’t forget: The library also has study guides! Check out this post for information on finding the best study guide for you.

For more information or to register for the test, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

When Nature Strikes Back

thundercloudHave you ever stopped to consider just how many types of disaster movies Hollywood has produced over the years? The Earth has almost come to an end because of natural disasters, epidemics, meteors, aliens, man-made disasters, and giant monsters – just to name a few. Why does the movie-going public have such an obsession with disaster movies? Perhaps we simply like to watch humanity battle some powerful force and, ultimately, triumph? Or maybe we just like the special effects?

If you are in the mood for a natural disaster flick, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly's Natural Disaster Movie Picks:

Back to the Chalkboards!

School LockersDespite the excruciating temperatures, summer break is coming to a close and the school year is beginning. High school is such a defining period in any teenager’s life that Hollywood directors have shot countless movies set in their halls. John Hughes and the Brat Pack are notable for some of the most iconic movies about American teenagers, but the genre has touched on all aspects of high school life. My high school days have come and gone, but I still nurture a deep appreciation for all movies set in high schools. (In fact, I think I love them more now that I don’t actually have to go to school myself the next day!)

If you are feeling nostalgic about high school, getting ready to start school, or trying to convince your summer-obsessed teenager that high school is necessary, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s High School Movie Picks:

Last Teen Summer Activities

scrabbleNeed one last hurrah before the school year starts? Next Tuesday come to the library for Teen Game Day! Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, show off your dance movies with Just Dance, be a Guitar Hero, or break out the board games. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 17th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

And don’t forget Teen Movie Night! Teens choose the movie from pre-selected options. Bring friends, snacks and drinks. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab every Thursday from 7:00-9:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Robot Scrabble Photo by: Jenn and Tony Bot
 

Dancing Across the Screen

dancing on a benchThis Friday, August 6th, the movie I have been waiting for all summer finally opens in theaters: Step Up 3D. I know what you’re all thinking; I can practically hear the groans. The fact of the matter is that I adore silly teenage dance movies. My love for this film niche began years ago when Patrick Swayze danced his way into my pre-teen heart, and it has grown over the years. There is just something about dance movies. I love the drama that always leads up to the big final performance, the inevitable romantic plot and, most important of all, the dancing. I will probably never be able to dance like the actors in my favorite dance movies, but I can certainly appreciate their talents and do a little dance in my seat!

Set Sail with a Movie

boatsTwo weeks ago, I blogged about the perfect movies for a hot summer day: beach movies. But sometimes I want more than a beach. Sometimes I want to be out on a boat with the waves gently knocking against the hull, the sea birds flying above, and the wind rushing through my hair. Sometimes I want to push out to the middle of a lake and spend all day idly floating. Sometimes I want to navigate down a river, tube through rapids, and watch the trees on the banks as I float past.

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