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The Return of Fall TV

tvTo some people, the end of summer means the beginning of a new school year. To others, it means a slow drop in temperatures to something slightly more bearable. For me, the end of summer means the return of my favorite fall television shows. The steady rise in popularity of off-season TV means that, more often now, there are plenty of shows to keep viewers occupied during the summer months. However, my favorite TV shows are still the network dramas and sitcoms that air September to May.

There are always plenty of new TV shows ready to hook viewers and become a vital part of the weekly lineup, and this year is no different. But fall TV is more than trying out new shows. It’s about finally getting answers to last season’s cliffhangers and discovering more about favorite characters. That connection with TV characters and that willingness to set aside time each week to escape into someone else’s imagination is why so many shows come back season after season with familiar faces and fresh ideas.

If you’re out of the TV loop, or just want to catch up on previous seasons of current TV, browse the HCPL catalog and see what we have to offer! And if you’re still trying to prep the DVR for the upcoming seasons, check out this handy guide to all the primetime network shows.

Fall TV Picks:

Battle of the Books Champions

After weeks of intense voting, the Battle of the Books has reached an end and the champions have been named! There were some close weeks throughout the tournament, but the final votes were decisive. Here are the winners, as chosen by library customers this summer:

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Adult Fiction: The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Young Adult Fiction: The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins)

Children’s Fiction: Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling)

Congrats to the winners and thanks to all the loyal customers who tirelessly voted week after week. Did your favorite book win? Let us know in the comments!

Back to School

lockersAlong with the continued blistering heat, August brings with it the end of lazy summer days and the beginning of a new school year. But if movies have taught us anything, it’s that locker-lined high school hallways are teeming with drama, comedy and romance worth watching. Whether the story is about teenage love or social status, cut-throat sports or academia, the high school years have provided many popular movie topics. Even when these movies don’t seem anything like our own experiences, there are enough similarities to bring back memories of carefree teenage years and the feeling of being on top of the world.

Teen Summer Writing Contest Winners

writingOn Tuesday, the winners of the Fifth Annual Teen Summer Writing Contest were announced at a reception held at the Tomball Library. Mary Lindsey, a local author of popular YA novels, was on hand to offer some motivational words on writing and hand out the awards. Hosted in conjunction with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Writing Contest was a huge success. Poems and short stories were submitted by teens from both branches, various other HCPL branches, and several states across the country. Thanks to all the teens who wrote and submitted fantastic entries!

Congratulations to all our winners for their outstanding poems and short stories!

Battle of the Books: Final Showdown

hunger gamesAfter a long summer of intense voting, it’s finally here: the last Battle of the Books showdown! For the next two weeks (that’s right, two!), cast your ballot for your favorite books in the following match-ups:

In adult fiction, The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien) will battle with The Help (Kathryn Stockett).

In YA fiction, The Hunger Games (Suzanne Collins) will battle with Eragon (Christopher Paolini).

In children’s fiction, Harry Potter (J.K. Rowling) will battle with Charlotte’s Web (E.B. White).

Which book do you think should be crowned the Ultimate Battle of the Books Champion? Stop by the library by Saturday, August 24 to cast your vote!

And the 12th Doctor Is…

TARDISLast Sunday after much secrecy and speculation, the BBC finally revealed the actor cast as the 12th Doctor in the popular television show Doctor Who: Peter Capaldi. First airing in 1963, Doctor Who is the longest-running science fiction show on TV. It is structured such that the Doctor, a traveler through time and space, regenerates after traumatic experiences, allowing new actors to take over the role. Regenerations and subsequent casting decisions are generally met with mixed emotions and widely varying opinions from fans of the show, and Sunday’s announcement was no different.

A Scottish actor, screenwriter and film director, Peter Capaldi has appeared in a wide range of television shows and movies since the beginning of his career in the early 1980s. He also directed a live action short film (Franz Kafka’s It’s a Wonderful Life), for which he won an Academy Award in 1995. A multi-talented actor, Capaldi is perhaps best known for his role as the spin-doctor Malcolm Tucker in the British TV show The Thick of It, and its spin-off movie In the Loop.

Duct Tape Crafts

duct tape rosesDon’t miss the last teen program of Summer Reading! Make something awesome out of colorful duct tape! Choose from roses, wallets, bracelets and more. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 6 at 3:00pm.

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

Battle of the Books – The Final Weeks

harry potterThe Battle of the Books is in its final three weeks! Have you been voting and keeping track of your favorites? We have had a few close races, and we’re getting closer to picking ultimate champions in all three categories. Here’s where we stand at the end of 8 weeks of voting:

This week, Gone with the Wind goes head to head with The Lord of the Rings in adult fiction, The Hunger Games races against The Maze Runner in YA fiction, and Harry Potter is up against Nancy Drew in children’s fiction.

Next week, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will battle against The Help in adult fiction, Eragon must stand against I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You in YA fiction, and Charlotte’s Web will duke it out with Bridge to Terabithia in children’s fiction.

The winners of these two weeks of voting will battle for the title of Battle of the Books Champion!

Each week’s winners have been marked on the brackets near the Reference Desk, so stop by to take a look at what didn’t make it! And if your favorite book was knocked out, you know what you need to do: VOTE!

2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

EmmyLast week, the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmys were announced. As always, they were met with excitement from some and disappointment from others. Every year, it seems that network comedies are less represented in the nominations, but standout favorites like 30 Rock, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory continue to hold their own against the influx of cutting edge cable comedies. It will be interesting to see if Modern Family (the perennial favorite) or 30 Rock (which just celebrated its final season) can win voters over enough to take home trophies at this year's ceremony.

Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Comedy categories. Who would you like to win? Was your favorite snubbed in this year’s nominations? Let me know in the comments!

Outstanding Comedy Series:

Room Art in a Jar

mason jarsSummer is winding down, but we still have awesome teen programs coming up! On Tuesday, stop by the library for Room Art in a Jar. Get creative and make something pretty with mason jars and craft supplies. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 30 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Flickr CC: The Humble Mason Jar Photo by: Chiot’s Run

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