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Tragic Love Stories

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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

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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!

2013 Oscar Nominations

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This morning, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the nominations for the 85th Academy Awards. Honoring achievements in film, the Oscars are highly anticipated by Hollywood and movie goers alike. The most prestigious of the movie awards, it is always exciting to see how the nominations stack up. This year’s nominees are a mix of the expected and the unexpected, with some heavy hitters and fan favorites passed over for relative unknowns. There are also a number of names familiar to annual watchers of the Academy Awards. It will be interesting to see how the newcomers do against seasoned veterans.

So far this awards season, I have only seen one of the nominated films. Most of these films are still in theaters, but if you’re like me and don’t have time to visit the movies, browse the HCPL catalog and request other movies featuring these nominated actors and actresses!

Stay Connected to Your Library

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Are you on Facebook or Twitter? So is the library! Both sites are updated regularly with information about upcoming events, interesting things happening in the community, tidbits about books and libraries in general, and anything else that strikes our fancy. So what are you waiting for? Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter today!

Thanks for Being Our Best Customer!

fireworksAs we approach the end of 2012, we want to thank you for the joy it has been to serve you. We will be closing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 31st, and will re-open in the new year on Wednesday, January 2nd, at 8:00 a.m. We hope your New Year’s celebrations are wonderful and we look forward to serving you again at the library in 2013.

Flickr CC: New Years Fireworks - Sydney Harbour Photo by: Philip Bouchard

Poll Results: Gandalf vs Dumbledore

gandalf vs dumbledoreLast week, we polled library customers to see who they thought would win in a wizard battle: Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings, or Dumbledore from Harry Potter. Although Gandalf held a solid early lead, Dumbledore rallied at the end of the week to snag the title in a well-fought duel.

Don’t miss another opportunity to express your opinion in a new poll next month!

A Classic Christmas

christmas treeChristmas time is here
Happiness and cheer
Fun for all that children call
Their favorite time of the year…
- Christmas Time is Here, Vince Guaraldi

We are now halfway through December and there is no denying it: Christmas is in the air! Since I was a little girl, Christmas has always been my favorite holiday. I have fond memories of “helping” to decorate the tree, writing letters to Santa (and sometimes getting responses!), and making special Christmas cookies with Mom.

I also remember all the wonderful Christmas movies my parents showed me. There were claymation classics when I was young and, during my teenage years, black and white movies and holiday-themed musicals. Now that I am older, I have added many recent movies (Elf and A Muppet Christmas Carol, for example) to my holiday viewing, but these more traditional movies will always be my Christmas favorites.

If you’re in the mood for more traditional holiday fare, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

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