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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.

Moves Like Jagger

twirlingIt’s no secret that I have a fondness for dance movies. I own a good number of them and have been known to watch the best dance scenes from each movie, one after the other. So when I stumbled across the book Mambo in Chinatown, the newest novel by author Jean Kwok, I knew it was meant to be. Mambo in Chinatown is about Charlie Wong, a Chinese American girl in her twenties who is struggling between respecting her family and her heritage, and following her dream to become a ballroom dancer. It’s a beautifully written novel that has quite a bit in common with some of my favorite dance movies.

A Musician's Life

street musicianWhether it’s a beautifully composed score supporting the emotionally tenor of a movie, or a carefully selected song overlaying the action, music has always been an important component in movies. It is not surprising that many filmmakers have chosen to bring that music to the forefront with biopics on famous musicians and composers and stories about fictional musicians. Unlike musicals, which tell stories through music and dancing, these movies focus on the lives and passions of the people who create the music.

This season alone, three different films focusing on musicians have opened in theaters, adding variety to the typical summer movie fare. One, Begin Again, is the fictional story of a producer and a musician as they make their own album in the streets of New York City. The other two are more traditional biopics. Jersey Boys, based on the hit Broadway musical, tells the tumultuous history of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons, while Get On Up follows the life of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. All three movies aim to seamlessly blend movies and music and uncover what it is that drives musicians to perform.

Stomp Rockets!

stomp rockets

Celebrate the end of Summer Reading with stomp rockets! Stop by the library on Tuesday to make a paper rocket, then take it outside to see how high it flies! All supplies – and a snack - provided. For teens and tweens, ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 5 at 3:00 pm.

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

emmyOne of the distinct advantages of the Primetime Emmy Awards is that nominated television series are divided into two categories:  drama and comedy. This same divide is fairly common in television awards shows, but only exists for movies at the Golden Globes. I have often wondered how the Academy Awards would differ if they followed suit and awarded Oscars for best comedy and best drama.

Science & Art

space stationSummer Reading is winding down, but we still have awesome teen programs coming up! On Monday, stop by the library to see the model of the International Space Station, on loan courtesy of NASA-Johnson Space Center. Then come participate in an activity about the science of the Space Station, hosted by a guest presenter. For teens and tweens.

Extreme Board Games

extreme board games

Hey teens! Stop by the library on Tuesday for Extreme Board Games! Challenge your friends to a giant game of checkers, a huge game of Twister, a jumbo game of bowling, and more. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 22 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

2014 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

emmy Yesterday, the nominations for the 66th Primetime Emmys were announced. It should come as no surprise that I love television and watch an embarrassing number of TV shows every week. I also love the glitz and glam of a televised awards show. So an awards show honoring the best in primetime television seems tailor made for my interests.

Geeky Crafts for Teens

geeky crafts

Hey teens! Are you feeling the summertime blues? Stop by the library on Tuesday for Geeky Crafts! Make 8-bit art out of perler beads, duct tape masterpieces and felt art. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 15 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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