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Once Upon a Time…

maleficent dragonWhen I saw Disney’s Sleeping Beauty for the first time as a little girl, I was completely captivated. I loved watching the fairies muddle through baking a cake and sewing a dress, Briar Rose and Prince Phillip’s first encounter in the forest, and the epic fight at the end of the film. But, most of all, I loved Maleficent. She could curse a person sixteen years in advance and turn into a dragon! In my mind, that made her the best fairy tale villain.

I was obviously not alone in that way of thinking, because 55 years later, Disney released a live action retelling of the fairy tale. But this time, they focused on Maleficent, one of the most beloved fairy tale villains. Maleficent strives to do what Wicked, the best-selling novel and the hit Broadway musical, did for the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz: tell the villain’s story, shed light on their motivations, and bring compassion to an otherwise evil character. Critical reviews so far have been mixed, but audiences seem united in finding Maleficent’s story, and Angelina Jolie’s performance as her, mesmerizing.

Live Action Pac-Man!

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Start Summer Reading off right with a game of live action Pac-Man! Whatever you do, don’t let the ghosts catch you! For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 10 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

As You Wish!

princess brideIn 1987 The Princess Bride, one of my favorite movies, opened in theaters to moderate success. Equal parts romance, comedy, adventure and fantasy, it offered something for everyone. Since its release on VHS and DVD, The Princess Bride has steadily become a cult classic based on its imminently quotable dialogue, quirky characters and charmingly bizarre plot.

The Princess Bride is just one of many iconic movies to come out of the 1980s, a prolific and varied decade that brought viewers a fantastic mix of award-winning classics and cult classics worth watching for nostalgia’s sake. It produced heroes like John McClane and Indiana Jones, and villains like Darth Vader, and it saw the start of some franchises that still continue today and the end of others. For many people, the movies of the ‘80s showed how to do everything, from skipping school to saving the world, with style.

Below I have listed a few of my favorite movies from the ‘80s. Let me know your favorites!

Library Hours this Memorial Day Weekend

US FlagsEach 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 26. The library will reopen for business Tuesday, May 27 at 8:00 am.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

ang leeEach May, we honor the men and women of Asian and Pacific Islander descent who have contributed to America’s rich historical and cultural heritage. First conceived as a week-long event in the late 1970’s, the celebration was extended in 1992 and is now commemorated each year in May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

There are many people of Asian-Pacific descent working in the American film and television industry and I wanted to take a moment this month to recognize their contributions. Whether working behind the scenes as writers and directors, or lighting up film and television screens as actors and actresses, their talents have helped shape Hollywood into a creative and innovative force. The following list is by no means complete, but does highlight a few of these talented individuals and their contributions.

Candy Sushi for Teens!

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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with us and make candy sushi! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Monday, May 5 from 1:00-2:00 pm.

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

Get on the 50+ Bus!

sam houstonTake a day trip out of town this May on the 50+ bus! Join us as we tour the Sam Houston Memorial Museum and the Texas Prison Museum, both located in Huntsville, Texas. The bus is free, but each bus rider is responsible for entrance fees at the museums ($4 for each museum) and lunch at the Farmhouse Café.

Stand & Cheer!

inspire othersIn 2006, the American Film Institute released a list of the 100 most inspiring American movies: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Cheers. It’s an interesting list that definitively answers the question, does a movie need to be sentimental to be inspiring? Looking over the broad range of genres present in this list, the answer is a definite no. Moviegoers can find inspiration in films that invite them to open themselves to love, stand up for what they believe is right, fight the good fight, and rediscover the innocence of childhood. Even superhero movies, like the recently released Captain America: The Winter Soldier, encourage audiences to aspire to be greater.

Grab & Go Crafts for Teens

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Hop into spring with a Grab & Go Craft! Stop by the library this Friday or Saturday, April 11-12, and pick up the materials and instructions to make your own origami bunny with a fuzzy tail! Supplies will be at the Reference Desks for teens 12- 18 years old.

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

A House Divided

captain americaEvery movie fan has that person. That one friend whose movie tastes align almost perfectly with their own, who is willing to re-watch old favorites, make fun of bad movies, and discuss each minute detail of a new movie. I am lucky enough to have two such people, one of whom is my younger brother.

Despite our almost ten year age difference, my brother and I have shockingly similar movie tastes. There have been many family gatherings were the two of us have staunchly defended a movie that everyone else disparaged. But the one movie debate we have on a regular basis, the one thing we can’t agree on, is the age old superhero battle: Marvel vs DC. I am, and will forever be, a DC girl. Superman has long held a special place in my heart as my favorite superhero. I love Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy so much, that I saw the The Dark Knight four times in theaters – on IMAX, no less. My brother, on the other hand, loves Marvel wholeheartedly. In fact, Captain America is his favorite of all the superheroes. And even though I appreciate Iron Man and the X-Men, and he enjoys Christian Bale’s Batman, we will always remain divided in our affections.

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