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Silent Film Star!

the endThere are only four more weeks of summer reading left, but we’ve got lots of awesome programs still to come! On Tuesday, bring your friends and come star in a silent movie! We’ll provide the props, you provide the acting chops. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00-4:30pm. Parental permission is REQUIRED to participate. Permission forms available at the Reference Desk.

Then, on Thursday, spend the day at the library for part 2 of the Magical Movie Marathon! Bring food, drinks and friends for an exciting trio of movies, or check out the schedule and stop by for your favorite. For all ages, but some movies are rated PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, July 18 from 1:00-9:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Untitled Photo by: fliegender

Henna & Magical Movies

hennaHey teens! Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? The library has you covered! On Tuesday come draw temporary designs on your skin using henna paste. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Remember: Parental permission is REQUIRED to participate. Permission forms available at the Reference Desk.

Then, on Thursday, spend the day at the library for part 1 of the Magical Movie Marathon! Bring food, drinks and friends for an exciting trio of movies, or check out the schedule and stop by for your favorite. For all ages, but some movies are rated PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, July 11 from 1:00-9:00pm.

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

Battle of the Books - Weeks 3 & 4

lord of the ringsIt may be hard to believe, but we are now four weeks into Battle of the Books! Here’s how weeks three and four went in the epic battle for book dominance. (And, in case you missed it, here’s the blog post for updates on the first two weeks of voting.)

Later this summer in Adult fiction, Lord of the Rings will be battling it out against To Kill a Mockingbird, while A Game of Thrones will go toe to toe with The Help.

In Young Adult fiction, The Maze Runner battles with Beautiful Creatures, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower dukes it out with I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.

In Children’s fiction, Nancy Drew is up against Chronicles of Narnia, while Matilda must stand against Bridge to Terabithia.

Each week’s winners have been marked on the brackets near the Reference Desk, so stop by to see what we’re voting on this week and what’s still to come! And if your favorite book didn’t make it through the first round, you know what you need to do: VOTE!

Flickr CC: Lord of the Rings Photo by: Frank Escamilla

That's a Laugh

movie theaterIt should come as no surprise that moviegoers love a good laugh. So far this summer, three very different comedies have been released in theaters: The Internship (a buddy comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn), This is the End (an apocalyptic comedy), and The Heat (a buddy action comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy). Even many of the big budget action films this summer have had enough funny moments and one-liners to keep audiences laughing. When real life is too overwhelming, we turn to movies for an escape into the light-hearted, the screwball and the gut-bustingly hilarious.

In 2000, the American Film Institute released their list of the 100 funniest American movies: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs. Below, I have listed some of my favorite titles on the list. What are your favorites? What movies would you add from the years since the list was released?

Minute to Win It!

clockSummer reading is almost half over (have you signed up yet?), but we still have awesome programs coming up! Test your skills at Minute to Win It with a series of 60 second challenges using common household items. The team with the most challenges met at the end of the game wins! For teens and tweens ages 10 and up. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 2 at 3:00pm.

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

Flikr CC: Time Management Photo by: Ryan Hyde

Fairy Tale Ball!

fairy taleIt's time for the Fairy Tale Ball! Put on your best fairy tale inspired costume, grab your friends, and get ready to dance until you turn into a pumpkin! All fairy tale creatures are invited – even the scary ones! For teens and tweens ages 10 and up. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30-8:30pm.

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

Battle of the Books - Weeks 1 & 2

battle of the books

Battle of the Books is off to a great start, with many passionate voters dropping their ballots in the box to keep their favorite books in the game. Here’s how we stand at the conclusion of the first two weeks of voting.

Later this summer in Adult fiction, Pride & Prejudice will be battling it out against Gone with the Wind, while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will go toe to toe with One for the Money.

In Young Adult fiction, Hunger Games battles with City of Bones, while Crank dukes it out with Eragon.

In Children’s fiction, Harry Potter is up against Diary of a Wimpy Kid, while Charlotte’s Web must stand against Wonder.

Each week’s winners have been marked on the brackets near the Reference Desk, so stop by to see what we’re voting on this week and what’s still to come! And if your favorite book didn’t make it through the first round, you know what you need to do: VOTE!

Truth, Justice, & the American Way

superman statueMan of Steel, the highly anticipated reboot to the Superman movie franchise opens in theaters today. Although I love the complexity and grittiness of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, the snark of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and the cleverness of X-Men, Superman will always be my favorite superhero. He is the superhero who flies around in a bright red cape, hides his identity behind a pair of glasses and a reporter’s pen, and dodges bullets and sees through walls. He is the superhero who goes out of his way to protect human life despite his own position as an outsider. In every incarnation, whether live action movie, long running TV series, or children’s cartoon, Superman stands for hope.

If you can’t make it to the movie theater this week but want to catch up on Superman’s adventures, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Room Art & Superheroes!

lego avengersHey teens! Need to get out of the house this summer? We’ve got you covered! On Tuesday, come make awesome art for your room with a blank canvas, paint, magazine cutouts and mod podge! All supplies provided. Room Art: Painting will be in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00pm. For teens and tweens ages 10 and up.

Then, on Thursday, spend the day at the library for the Superhero Movie Marathon! Bring food, drinks and friends for an exciting trio of movies, or check out the schedule and stop by for your favorite. Trivia, games and prizes in between each movie! For all ages, but all movies are rated PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, June 20 from 1:30-9:00pm.

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

Teen Cardboard Fortress Battle

cardboard box manKick off summer reading fun with a Cardboard Fortress Battle! Pick your team, build a fortress out of cardboard boxes and duct tape, design your paper flag, then play mini capture the flag battles in an epic struggle to win the war! Two teams, two cardboard fortresses - tons of fun! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:00pm. For tweens and teens ages 10 and up.

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

Flickr CC: Meet Danbo! Photo by: Sally Crossthwaite

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