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A Furniture Facelift

furnitureEarlier this year, the Tomball Library celebrated its 10th anniversary on the Lone Star-College campus. After ten years of constant use, we thought it was time for a furniture facelift. New chairs (in lovely purple fabrics to match the colors in the carpeting) and tables are now scattered throughout the first floor of the library. Look for them by the book drop, the shelves of DVDs, the shelves of New Books, and other places.

Stop by the library sometime soon and tell us what you think of our new furniture!

Vroom, Vroom...

deloreanTwo weeks ago Furious 7, the highly anticipated addition to The Fast & The Furious movie franchise, released in theaters to huge box office numbers. Much of this box office success is, of course, generated by fans of the series. But a far more solemn reason behind Furious 7’s success is that it was the last movie filmed by Paul Walker before he passed away in a tragic accident last year. The success of this movie stands as a testament not only to the draw of action movies in general, but to Walker’s enduring legacy as a respected and beloved actor.

Movies revolving around cars had long been a staple in Hollywood before The Fast & The Furious premiered in 2001. That franchise is, perhaps, unique in its success, but it is not unique in its portrayal of the culture of cars and the people who drive them. However, a movie doesn’t necessarily have to be about cars for it to feature a recognizable vehicle. In fact, some movie cars are so iconic, like the DeLorean in Back to the Future, that, even though they are not the central plot of the film, they almost become an extra character in the movie.

Below, I have listed a few movies that prominently feature cars. Some of these are firmly entrenched in car culture, while others simply feature an iconic car. Which is your favorite?

50+ Bus Trip to Chappell Hill Lavender Farm


Join us for a relaxing bus trip to the Chappell Hill Lavender Farm! Entrance to the Lavender Farm is free, but you may cut lavender to take home for $5 a bunch. Lunch will be at Must Be Heaven in Brenham, followed by shopping and wandering in Downtown Brenham. Please bring money for lunch and any shopping you might wish to do.

We will meet in the library lobby on Thursday, May 7th at 9:00 am. The bus will leave promptly at 9:15 am, and return to the library by 4:30 pm. Must be 50 or better to attend. Space is limited, and registration is required. You may register in person, over the phone, or online at the HCPL Events Calendar.

The bus is provided courtesy of the Harris County Precinct 4 Senior Adult Program.

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

Flickr CC: Field of lavender Photo by: antgirl

Earth Day Seed Bombs

wildflowersGet ready for Earth Day with us! Come by the library and make colorful seed bombs to beautify your yard. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens, ages 10 and up. Meet in the second floor Conference Room on Monday, April 6 at 1:00 pm.

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

Flickr CC: Texas A&M Wildflower Field Photo by: sarowen

Holiday Hours This Weekend

easter eggsThe library will close at 5:00 pm on Thursday, April 2nd and will remain closed the rest of the weekend in honor of the Easter holiday. It will reopen normal hours on Monday, April 6th. Reminder: Since the library will be closed, there will be no AARP Tax Aide on Saturday, April 4th.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe and happy weekend. Don’t forget to stock up on books and DVD’s for the long weekend!

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

Flickr CC: easter eggs Photo by: lucymay6


ferris buellerThe Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Napoleon Dynamite, A Christmas Story, Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Mummy, Airplane!, Pitch Perfect and Clueless.

A seemingly random assortment of movies that all have one thing in common: They are all extremely quotable. They are so quotable that lines from these movies have made their way into everyday conversation. (In fact, one of my younger brothers still retorts, in true Napoleon fashion, “your mom goes to college” when provoked.)  Movie quotes are as important to the longevity of a movie as the acting, the plot, and the visual effects. They are so important, in fact, that the American Film Institute released a list in 2005 of the 100 best movie quotes.

Below, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite quotes from the AFI’s list, 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes. Which quote from the list is your favorite? Is there a quote you think should have been on the list?

  • I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather (#2)
  • Here’s looking at you, kid. Casablanca (#5)

AARP Tax Aide

taxesApril 15th will be here before you know it! Don’t let it sneak up on you this year. Let AARP help you get your taxes filed before the deadline!  Our dedicated AARP volunteers are at the library three times a week, helping individuals with simple tax returns. Assistance is on a first come first serve basis, so get here early to secure your spot. AARP Tax Aide will be provided on Mondays from 12:00-4:00pm, Wednesdays from 10:00am-2:00pm and Saturdays from 11:00am-3:00pm until April 15.

Please bring these items with you:

Teen Tech Week @ The Movies

robotEach year in March, libraries celebrate Teen Tech Week. Hosted by YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association), a division of the American Library Association, Teen Tech Week promotes technology services in the library through programming geared towards teenagers. At Harris County Public Library, we support our customers in their creative and technological endeavors with programming, books and materials, computers and equipment.

Movies have come a long way in the last 125 years, evolving from minute-long scenes filmed without sound and in black and white, to the feature-length movies of today enhanced digitally in post-production. But no matter how fast technology advances, our imaginations always see endless possibilities: time travel, flying cars, artificial intelligence and virtual reality. For years, filmmakers have explored these potential technological futures – whether positive or negative - through movies.

Just this past weekend Chappie, a film about a robot who can think and feel for himself and his implications for humanity, opened in theaters. Movies like Chappie and the ones on the list below allow us to envision a different future. They inspire audiences to think outside the box and take steps to bring some of those technological advances to pass.

If you’re in the mood for a bit of inspiration this Teen Tech Week, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

87th Academy Awards

academy awardLast night, the movie award season came to a satisfying conclusion at the 87th Academy Awards, the biggest night of the year for Hollywood. Like always, the live telecast brought the glitz and the glam, the laughs and the tears. First time Oscars host Neil Patrick Harris kicked off the night with an appropriately musical tribute to movie magic. Joined by Anna Kendrick and Jack Black, Harris’ song reminded audiences at home and in the Dolby Theatre why movies are so captivating. It was a charming beginning to a fun night of one-liners, bits, and one show-long magic trick.

Emotions were high throughout the ceremony as winners took to the stage with speeches that ran the gamut of funny (when one of the screenwriters for Birdman thanked his dog Larry), heartfelt (when The Imitation Game screenwriter, Graham Moore, told kids to “stay weird”) and impassioned (the many speeches that mentioned social and political activism). My personal favorite speech of the night was given by supporting actor winner J.K. Simmons, when, after saying his thanks, he closed his speech by strongly advising everyone listening to call their parents, if possible.

Oscar Snubs in Movie History

north by northwest minimalist posterThe goal of the Academy Awards is to honor the best of the best in film and, the majority of the time, they do just that. But sometimes they might get it a little bit wrong. In retrospect, maybe the best picture winner wasn’t quite as outstanding as it seemed. Maybe one of the other nominated films has proven itself an enduring classic, a movie worth re-watching time and again. And sometimes, the best film of the year, the one that reaches classic movie status, wasn’t even nominated.

As happens every year, this year’s Oscar nominees have been met with mixed feelings. There can only be so many nominees in the best picture category and, each year, there are wonderful movies that are left off of the final ballot. This year’s favorite movies not up for a best picture nomination include, among others, a bestselling book made into a film (Gone Girl), a beloved stage musical made into a film (Into the Woods), an inspiring biographical account (Unbroken), and a science fiction epic (Interstellar). But perhaps one of the biggest mysteries of this year’s Oscars is, of course, the absence of The LEGO Movie from the best animated feature nominees. Maybe everything isn’t as awesome as it should be at the Oscars?

If you are suffering from awards season burnout, check out one of these classic films instead! They may not have received a best picture nomination, but they are more than worthy of a second (or third, or fourth…) look!

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