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Marble Roller Coasters & Comic Canvases


marble roller coasters

Next week’s a big one for Teen Summer Reading! First, work with a team to design and build a roller coaster out of foam tubing. Then use marbles to take the coasters on a test run! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 14th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Then on Wednesday, come to the rescheduled Comic Canvases! Use paint, Mod Podge, old comic books and a canvas to create a work of art for your wall! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Wednesday, July 15 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat

sharkHappy Shark Week! In 1988, the very first Shark Week, an annual event that offers movies and documentaries that promote shark awareness, premiered on the Discovery Channel. Now in its 28th year, Shark Week is more popular than ever.

Of course, this fascination with sharks didn’t start with Shark Week. Thirteen years previously in 1975, Jaws was released to massive critical and fan acclaim. With masterful direction by Steven Spielberg, a script co-written by Peter Benchley (who wrote the novel the film was based on) and Carl Gottlieb, an ominous main theme by John Williams, and memorable performances by stellar actors and an often-faulty mechanical shark, Jaws has become not only a cult classic, but one of the greatest movies of the twentieth century.

Since that time, sharks have repeatedly served as the inspiration for movies – often in a slightly campy, yet terrifying capacity. In fact, many a sci fi creature feature has starred an outrageously unrealistic shark terrorizing beachgoers. But that’s not to say that sharks can’t be friendly. In Pixar’s Finding Nemo, for example, the sharks are learning that “fish are friends, not food!” No matter the role, sharks remain a familiar feature in movies.

If you’re in the mood for a shark movie or two, but missed some of this year’s Shark Week programming, the library has you covered! Check out the list below and request a shark movie today!

Super Perler Beads

super perler beads

July is here, and the Teen Summer Reading Program is still going strong. This week make your favorite superheroes and villains out of perler beads! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 7th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

And don’t miss the next session of Summer of Code later in the week! You don’t need to have attended the first two sessions to come this week. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, July 9th from 10:00-11:00am.

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

Ninja Stress Balls

ninja stress balls

June is nearly over. Have you signed up for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Create an account, log 5 books, and then pick up your prize at the library. It’s as easy as that!

This week, stop by the library and make a masked ninja stress ball! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 30 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Heroes & Villains Ball

heroes and villains mall

Calling all heroes and villains! Put on your fanciest cape and join us for an evening of dancing, crafts, a photo booth, and snacks. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 23 from 6:30-8:00 pm.

And don’t miss the second session of Summer of Code later in the week! Missed the first session? Don’t worry! You can still come and learn the basics of computer coding. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, June 25 from 10:00-11:00am.

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

Comic Canvases


COMIC CANVASES

The Teen Summer Reading Program is off to a great start! (If you haven’t signed up yet, what are you waiting for?) This week, use paint, Mod Podge, old comic books and a canvas to create a work of art for your wall! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 16 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Live Action Hungry Hungry Hippos


hungry hippos flyer

Don’t miss the first teen program of the summer! The hippos are hungry and need to be fed. Are you up for the challenge in a crazy, live action game of Hungry Hungry Hippos? For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Undercover

secretsEarlier this week, I finished watching the first season of Graceland, a current television show about a group of undercover federal agents living and working out of a government-seized beach house in California. The show is addictive, suspenseful and smart, with secrets and lies in every storyline. By the end of the season, my opinions about each character had changed so many times that I wasn’t quite sure who to trust. 

The world of undercover cops and federal agents has long been a source of inspiration for filmmakers. Audiences are fascinated by the idea of cultivating an undercover identity and infiltrating the criminal underworld. There is danger at every turn, secrets to guard and to uncover, and even the smallest misstep can lead to the very real possibility of exposure. Movies about undercover work not only give us a sneak peek into the criminal world, but into the psychology of what it might be like to live a lie. In nearly every undercover movie, there is a point where viewers worry the character might have crossed over the line and is in danger of becoming the very person they are trying to catch. It is this delicate balance between good and evil that invites filmmakers and audiences to explore the world of undercover cops time and again.

Of course, not every movie about undercover cops is dark and suspenseful. Some of them, like Miss Congeniality and 21 Jump Street, take a funnier, more light-hearted approach to undercover work. These movies may not delve as deeply into the psychology of undercover, but they certainly have their place.

If you’re in the mood for an undercover movie this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

San AndreasIn my years enthusiastically discussing movies with everyone I meet, I have noticed that even when people have wildly different tastes in films, they always (and this is a blatant generalization) agree on one thing: The Rock. Everyone loves The Rock. He is effortlessly cool and charismatic, imposing in stature, but an overall nice guy with a strong work ethic and a healthy appreciation for his fans.

Despite his immense popularity as an actor, Dwayne Johnson (better known as The Rock) didn’t start out in movies. In college, he played football for the University of Miami and had dreams of eventually going pro. But after a series of injuries left him benched, he turned to professional wrestling, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather. The first third-generation professional wrestler for the WWF, Johnson quickly made a name for himself in the ring. 

Memorial Day Holiday

Memorial Day

Each Memorial Day we honor the brave men and women who have fallen while serving in the United States Armed Forces. In observance of the holiday, the library will remain open regular hours Friday and Saturday, but will be closed this coming Monday, May 25. The library will reopen for business Tuesday, May 26 at 8:00 am.

However you might be celebrating, we wish you a safe Memorial Day, and extend gratitude to those who have given their lives in service to their country.

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