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Book Hunters in Brief #138: The Olympics

This week, Book Hunters in Brief, along with the rest of the world, turns its attention to Rio and the 2016 Summer Olympics.

Non-Traditional Sports

If you're a sports person, it's likely you've played some basketball, baseball, and football over the years. They are classics but they can sometimes get old too. Why not mix things up by trying something a little different? How about archery or rugby or speed skating?

Grab a few friends and start a new sporting tradition:

2012 Summer Olympics

If you are like me,  you might find yourself staying up late to watch your favorite Summer Olympic events on TV. They have been so exciting to watch! Here are a few book so you can learn more about the Olympics and/or a specific event.  Let me know if I missed a sport that you enjoy. I would be happy to make additional suggestions.

Watch the Olympics Like a Pro

How to Watch the OlympicsYou're a sports nut, and you've been counting down the days until Opening Ceremony this year.  Or, you just want to know how that horse thingy works in the gymnastics competition.  How to Watch the Olympics by David Goldblatt and Johnny Acton is the book for you.  

Take Me Out to the Ball Game!

baseballsIt’s the middle of summer and halfway through baseball season. I’m not a huge baseball fan myself, but I do enjoy a good baseball movie. Baseball movies remind me of sitting in the nosebleed section at the ballpark, eating hot dogs and peanuts, singing “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” during the seventh inning stretch, watching fireworks after the game, and cheering on my favorite team.

If you’re like me and can’t make it out to Minute Maid Park to watch the Astros play, there are plenty of baseball movies to get you through the season. Browse the HCPL catalog and request your favorite today!

Kimberly’s Baseball Movie Picks:

Football, Football, Football!

footballs on a fieldFootball season is here! At least that’s what the radio tells me. This morning while I was sitting in traffic, I quickly noticed that every single station was discussing opening weekend, speculating on how the Texans will do this season, or finalizing fantasy football teams. I admit, this wasn’t my favorite thing to listen to during my commute, but it did get me thinking about movies. I may not be the world’s (or even the library’s) biggest football fan, but I do like good football movies. They make me think of fall and marching bands, team spirit and hot dogs, and standing on the bleachers at

college, cheering on my team.

If you are in the mood for a football flick, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s Football Movie Picks:

Poetry in Motion

Cover Art: Casey at the Bat by E. L. Thayer: Illus. by C. F. Payne

Like most of the planet beyond our borders, I've been watching a good deal of the World Cup. Despite the hornet's nest drone of the ubiquitous vuvuzelas and the fact that soccer players tend to react like they've been trepanned with a soup spoon whenever an opposing player so much as gives them a hard stare, I've been enjoying it.

World Cup Fever

soccer ballThe World Cup is in full swing and it seems like everyone I know has developed a strong case of soccer fever. Even though I haven’t mustered quite as much enthusiasm for the World Cup as some of my friends, I have seen a few games and monitored my favorite team’s progress.

If you are one of the many people living, breathing and eating World Cup, or if you just don’t understand and want to see what the big deal is, there are plenty of great movies centered around soccer. Take a break from the World Cup (or fit in a movie while South Africa sleeps!), browse the HCPL catalog and request a soccer movie today!

Kimberly’s Soccer Movie Picks:

Calling All Coaches

 Spring is almost here!  It's no longer chilly enough to be uncomfortable, yet it's not too humid to be unbearable.  A lot of parents and families find themselves outdoors this time of year watching youth sports.  Some parents even find themselves coaching those sports.  If you're a newly nominated coach or even a returning coach looking for new strategies, you can find some helpful and informative guides at the library:
 

Discover the Winter Games Anew!

For those of you who have missed the myriad of commercials playing on television these days, the Winter Olympic Games are about to start in Vancouver on February 12th. This is only the third time in the History of the Olympics that Canada, the second largest nation on Earth, will host the Olympics. I am looking forward to this year’s winter Olympics, especially in light of what happened in the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing. Forty-eight new World Records and over a hundred thirty new Olympic Records were set in 2008. If we see anything as exciting at that in the 2010 games, they will be glorious to watch.

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