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A Holiday for Feasting

thanksgiving feastLast night, I finally had a chance to watch Chef, a movie I had missed in theaters this past summer despite my best intentions otherwise. In this movie, Jon Favreau plays a chef who, after receiving a scathing review from a powerful food blogger, opens a food truck and drives it across the country, stopping in food-famous cities along the way. A thoughtful, well-acted film about reigniting creative passions and rekindling family relationships, Chef also offers countless scenes filled with mouth-watering regional foods.

With Thanksgiving in less than a week, movies about food feel particularly appropriate. Although the holiday is ostensibly about spending time with loved ones and giving thanks for what we have, no Thanksgiving celebration is complete without a proper feast. Whether the feast includes traditional Thanksgiving dishes or more exotic fare, the food is what brings families and friends together in celebration.

Alright, Alright, Alright!

matthew mcconaugheyThis past weekend, Interstellar, a movie I have been looking forward to since first seeing the teaser trailer last December, finally released in theaters. An intelligent and ambitious science fiction epic about a group of scientists who travel through a wormhole in space in search of a new habitable planet, Interstellar is the newest feature film from critically-acclaimed director Christopher Nolan. The film was as visually-stunning, emotionally-moving, and intellectually-stimulating as I had hoped, and, as Gravity did last year, does much to further our view of space in cinema. But although the cinematography and visual effects of Interstellar are stunning, the driving force behind the plot is Matthew McConaughey’s fantastic performance as Cooper, the everyman chosen to pilot the mission into space.

Halloween Screams

halloweenWith Halloween only a week away, this weekend is the perfect time to stay in and have a scary movie marathon. Personally, I don’t watch many of the horror films that have come out in recent years. There is too much gore for me and, frankly, I’m just too easily spooked. Ever since watching The Ring while home alone and almost having a heart attack from all the scares, I just can’t handle most contemporary horror movies.

Teen Read Week Button Battle

buttonsNext week is Teen Read Week and we are celebrating with a book-themed button battle! Which dystopian world would you rather live in: Divergent or The Maze Runner?

Vampires Bite

vampireDespite the continuing heat outdoors, fall has arrived in Houston and Halloween is just around the corner! As a kid, I loved Halloween. I loved dressing up each year in a homemade costume and trick-or-treating with my friends, eating more candy than I was supposed to, and staying up too late watching old black and white scary movies. Now, my Halloweens are quieter. There is still candy (because it wouldn’t be Halloween without a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup shaped like a pumpkin), but sadly, my trick-or-treating days have long since come to an end. I do, however, still love a scary movie, particularly one featuring a blood-sucking vampire or two.

Sugar Skull Pumpkins

sugar skull pumpkinCelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month & paint sugar skull faces on tiny pumpkins! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, October 6 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

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

Banned Books at the Movies

banned booksBanned Books Week, celebrated annually during the last week of September, was established in the 1980's to bring awareness to the long-lasting effects of book challenges. It is a recognition of every person’s freedom to read. At the library, we not only support your right to read whatever books you want, but your right to watch movies based on those books.

For the past 24 years, the Office of Intellectual Freedom has recorded book challenges from across the country and compiled them into lists. The books on these lists range from classic works of literature, to new and popular novels for all age ranges. While it is no secret that Hollywood finds inspiration in books on a regular basis, you may not be aware just how many banned books have provided the plots for award-winning films and box office hits. This fall alone saw the release of two movies based on banned books: The Giver, Lois Lowry’s dystopian classic, and in November, the latest installment in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1.

Below is a list of just some of the movies based on books from the American Library Association’s lists of challenged or banned books. Do you have a favorite?

Fall Into Television

tvFall is my absolute favorite time of year. When fall blows in, it brings cool, crisp air, sidewalks strewn with crunchy leaves, more pumpkin-flavored foods than any one person could possibly eat, sweater weather, and Thanksgiving turkey. Fall also means the return of some of my favorite television shows after the summer hiatus.

I will be the first person to admit I like the short break from new TV over the summer. It means I finally have time to marathon the shows I’ve been meaning to watch, or rewatch old favorites. In fact, I spent part of this summer rewatching all of Criminal Minds, one of my favorite TV shows. But after a few weeks, I start to miss watching new episodes of favorite shows every week. The cliffhangers from the previous season start to get to me, and I find myself wanting answers immediately.  Most of all, I find myself missing the characters who, after watching them week after week for so many seasons, I feel connected to and who feel like a part of my own life.

66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy StatueLast night, the winners of the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in a live telecast. Usually held on a Sunday night, this was the first time the Emmys had been moved to a Monday since 1976. This year’s ceremony, like any awards show, had its ups and downs.

After last year’s bizarre Emmys, where half of the winners were a complete surprise to everyone, this year the Academy chose to, for the most part, play it safe. Continuing its streak, Modern Family took home the award for outstanding comedy for the fifth year in a row, while Breaking Bad won outstanding drama for the second year in a row. Three of this year’s acting winners in drama and comedy (Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Gunn) had won the Emmy last year, and seven of the eight winners in comedy and drama had previously won at least once in the last five years for their performances in the same role.

Teen Summer Writing Contest Winners

writingOn Tuesday, the winners of the Sixth Annual Teen Summer Writing Contest were announced at a reception held at the Tomball Library.

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