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Teen Read Week Button Battle

buttonsNext week is Teen Read Week and we are celebrating with a book-themed button battle! Which dystopian world would you rather live in: Divergent or The Maze Runner?

Vampires Bite

vampireDespite the continuing heat outdoors, fall has arrived in Houston and Halloween is just around the corner! As a kid, I loved Halloween. I loved dressing up each year in a homemade costume and trick-or-treating with my friends, eating more candy than I was supposed to, and staying up too late watching old black and white scary movies. Now, my Halloweens are quieter. There is still candy (because it wouldn’t be Halloween without a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup shaped like a pumpkin), but sadly, my trick-or-treating days have long since come to an end. I do, however, still love a scary movie, particularly one featuring a blood-sucking vampire or two.

Sugar Skull Pumpkins

sugar skull pumpkinCelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month & paint sugar skull faces on tiny pumpkins! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, October 6 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

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

Banned Books at the Movies

banned booksBanned Books Week, celebrated annually during the last week of September, was established in the 1980's to bring awareness to the long-lasting effects of book challenges. It is a recognition of every person’s freedom to read. At the library, we not only support your right to read whatever books you want, but your right to watch movies based on those books.

For the past 24 years, the Office of Intellectual Freedom has recorded book challenges from across the country and compiled them into lists. The books on these lists range from classic works of literature, to new and popular novels for all age ranges. While it is no secret that Hollywood finds inspiration in books on a regular basis, you may not be aware just how many banned books have provided the plots for award-winning films and box office hits. This fall alone saw the release of two movies based on banned books: The Giver, Lois Lowry’s dystopian classic, and in November, the latest installment in The Hunger Games series, Mockingjay Part 1.

Below is a list of just some of the movies based on books from the American Library Association’s lists of challenged or banned books. Do you have a favorite?

Fall Into Television

tvFall is my absolute favorite time of year. When fall blows in, it brings cool, crisp air, sidewalks strewn with crunchy leaves, more pumpkin-flavored foods than any one person could possibly eat, sweater weather, and Thanksgiving turkey. Fall also means the return of some of my favorite television shows after the summer hiatus.

I will be the first person to admit I like the short break from new TV over the summer. It means I finally have time to marathon the shows I’ve been meaning to watch, or rewatch old favorites. In fact, I spent part of this summer rewatching all of Criminal Minds, one of my favorite TV shows. But after a few weeks, I start to miss watching new episodes of favorite shows every week. The cliffhangers from the previous season start to get to me, and I find myself wanting answers immediately.  Most of all, I find myself missing the characters who, after watching them week after week for so many seasons, I feel connected to and who feel like a part of my own life.

66th Primetime Emmy Awards

Emmy StatueLast night, the winners of the Primetime Emmy Awards were announced in a live telecast. Usually held on a Sunday night, this was the first time the Emmys had been moved to a Monday since 1976. This year’s ceremony, like any awards show, had its ups and downs.

After last year’s bizarre Emmys, where half of the winners were a complete surprise to everyone, this year the Academy chose to, for the most part, play it safe. Continuing its streak, Modern Family took home the award for outstanding comedy for the fifth year in a row, while Breaking Bad won outstanding drama for the second year in a row. Three of this year’s acting winners in drama and comedy (Jim Parsons, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Anna Gunn) had won the Emmy last year, and seven of the eight winners in comedy and drama had previously won at least once in the last five years for their performances in the same role.

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.

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