Kimberly C's blog

Teen Game Day!

wii bot

Hey teens! Stuck at home during Spring Break and looking for something fun to do? Grab your friends and come to the library for Wii classics: Mario, racing, bowling, dancing & more! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 12 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Flickr CC: Wii Bot Photo by: Jenn and Tony Bot

Bags for Spring

bagsWant to support your local library and reduce your carbon footprint? Buy one of our new reusable bags, provided by the Friends of the Tomball Library, and be the coolest person at the library! Bags are now available for a donation of $3.00 in purple, pink or lime green, colors perfect for spring. All proceeds are used to support the library. Stop by the Customer Service desk by the front door of the library to buy your bag and show your support!

2013 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

academy awardsThis Sunday, a hotly contested awards season will come to a close with the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. This year, the nominated actors appear in comedies, biopics, musicals and dramas, but all offer strong performances. Between the ten, they have thirty-five Oscar nominations and ten wins.  All but two of the actors have previously received Oscar nominations, and seven have won at least one statuette. While the Best Actor competition seems uncontested, the field is wide open in Best Supporting Actor. It will be interesting to see which nominees actually take home the award on Sunday!

Best Actor:

Spring Cleaning = Book Donations

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Spring is just around the corner and with it, spring cleaning! If you clear off some space on your book or media shelves this spring, keep the library in mind for donations. Donations of new and gently-used items are sold in our Friends of the Library Bookstore, located near the front entrance of the library. All proceeds are used to support the library.

The Friends of the Library will gladly accept the following materials:

  • - Gently-used hardcover and paperback books
  • - VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and audio books in good and working condition
  • - New magazines of general interest, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Texas Monthly, cooking or decorating magazines, and select children’s magazines
  • - Computer books that are less than five years old

While we appreciate your generosity and your willingness to support the library, we are unable to accept the following materials:

  • - Any items that are moldy, dirty, water-stained, without covers or that have torn pages
  • - Encyclopedias
  • - Medical books or textbooks that are more than ten years old
  • - Back issues of magazines about current events, fashion, finance, sports or technology

Thank you for your donations and your continued support of the library!

What Tomball’s Reading Now

booksCurious what’s been popular at Tomball recently? Check out the list of books with the most requests by Tomball customers. See anything that piques your interest? Add your name to the request list!

Adult Fiction

Tragic Love Stories

broken heart

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I decided to take a break from Oscar blogging and focus on a more holiday appropriate theme. A couple of February’s ago, I blogged about the twitterpated, lighthearted side of love. Unfortunately, most of us have come to the sad realization that not all love stories end with happily ever after. Some stories are tragic and heart wrenching, while others end with quiet sadness. Yet despite their unhappy end, these movies are, at their core, stories of love found and love lost. And even though we know the relationship playing out on screen will end poorly, we continue watching, a box of tissues by our side and a pint of ice cream at the ready.

If you’re in the mood for a tragic love story this February, browse the HCPL catalog and request a DVD today! Or if you want a lighter love story, browse these posts on classic love stories and romantic comedies!

Kimberly’s Tragic Love Story Picks:

Go on a Blind Date with a Book!

blind date displayFeeling adventurous this Valentine’s Day? Stop by our new display full of wrapped presents and go on a blind date with a book! Pick the mystery present that appeals to you, check it out still wrapped, then see what adult fiction novel it contains. But don’t worry! If the blind date isn’t to your taste you can always end it early and try again.

We hope you enjoy your blind date with a book!

Oscar Trivia

academy awards

After last week’s post regarding the oldest and youngest winners of acting awards at the Oscars, I was curious what other Academy Awards-related trivia I could find. Below, I have compiled a list of some of the most interesting bits of trivia I discovered about the films and people nominated and awarded Oscars.

  1. 1) At the 1st Academy Awards, Best Picture was awarded to Wings, to date the only silent film to win.
  2. 2) At the 2nd Academy Awards, Best Picture was awarded to The Broadway Melody, the first film with sound to win.
  3. 3) At the 12th Academy Awards, Best Picture was given to Gone with the Wind, the first film in color to win. Gone with the Wind also holds the record for the longest film to win Best Picture.
  4. 4) Only two sequels have won Best Picture: The Godfather Part II and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

Rearranging Books in the Teen Room

Lone StarAttention all readers of the Texas Lone Star list! We have done a bit of rearranging in the Teen Room. Now, Lone Star books from the current list and last year’s list will be located inside the Teen Room on the last section of shelves by the teen magazines. Books from older lists are now shelved in Young Adult fiction inside the Teen Room.

If you still can’t find the Lone Star books or just have questions, come talk to a librarian. And check out this awesome post for a look at the 2013 Lone Star list!

Flickr CC: Lone Star State Photo by: Brandon Watts

The Tween Homeschool Book Club Presents…

Last fall, we introduced a new book club to our line-up: the Tween Homeschool Book Club. Aimed specifically at homeschooled tweens between the ages of 10 and 14, this is an exciting new book club with a great group of kids. In December, tweens read Brian Selznick’s The Invention of Hugo Cabret, then created their own silent film (with the help of the Silent Film iPad app!). Check out their awesome silent film creation, The Blue Rescue!

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