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Mystery Solved

bean bags

After spending a week at the dry cleaners, the bean bags have returned to the Teen Room! Please be gentle with them, as they are newly repaired and cleaned.

Flickr CC: Bean Bags Photo by: r d h

It's a Holiday Celebration!

Tap Happy Dancers

Last Saturday, we ushered in the season with a cheery Holiday Celebration featuring the Tap Happy Dancers, an outreach of Klein United Methodist Church, and a visit from Santa. Thanks to the Friends of the Tomball Library for hosting the event and to all those who participated!

If you missed it, check out these awesome pictures of the festivities!

The Case of the Missing Bean Bags

bean bagsAre you missing the bean bags in the Teen Room? Don’t worry, they aren’t gone for good. The bean bags are taking a well earned vacation at the dry cleaners and will be back, good as new, next week!

Flickr CC: A Hill of Beans Photo by: Esther17

People's Sexiest Man 2012

Channing Tatum

Amidst the chaos of preparing for Thanksgiving, People announced their Sexiest Man Alive 2012. In case you missed the announcement, this year’s pick is rising star Channing Tatum. I first saw Tatum in the dance flick, Step Up, but he had already acted in several other movies prior to that. Since that time, Tatum has kept busy, moving from supporting to starring roles in a variety of box office hits. Although the Sexiest Man Alive title tends to be pretty divisive and opinions always seem to differ, there is no denying the acting talents of each year’s winner. Tatum may not often offer deep insights through his acting, but he does excel at both physically demanding and comedic roles. No matter the role, Tatum’s charming personality never fails to win viewer approval.

If you’re in the mood for a Channing Tatum film, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

A Channing Tatum Retrospective:

The Vampire Invasion

vampire

Today, November 8th, is Bram Stoker’s 165th birthday. Since Dracula, Stoker’s classic Gothic novel, was published in 1987, vampires have evolved on the page and on the screen. Vampire lore has changed time and again and the creatures have been presented in every possible way: terrifying, appealing, deadly, mesmerizing, campy, and even sparkly. The huge success of the recent Twilight films, the last of which is set to release in theaters next week, proves that vampires are just as popular now as they were when Dracula first appeared in print.

If you’re in the mood for a classic vampire movie or you just want to catch up on the Twilight Saga, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Spooky Halloween

jack o' lanternsIt’s the end of October. The time of year when, theoretically, we dust off our jackets, watch TV while curled under a blanket on the couch, eat soup every night, and plan the outdoor excursions we didn’t want to take at the height of summer. The end of October also brings with it the first of the fall holidays: Halloween. Although Halloween isn’t one of my favorite holidays, I do love certain aspects of it. Candy is highest on that list, but I also adore Halloween themed movies, particularly those appropriate for the whole family. This year alone, three new movies in the spirit of Halloween (Paranorman, Hotel Transylvania and Frankenweenie) were released in theaters, proving that the market for family friendly Halloween movies is growing.

If you’re in the mood for a family friendly Halloween movie this fall, browse the HCPL catalog and check out a DVD today!

Kimberly’s Halloween Movie Picks:

Backwards & in High Heels

Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers

In 1933, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers first danced their way across the silver screen as supporting characters in Flying Down to Rio. Over the next seven years, Astaire and Rogers would partner in eight more movies, easily dancing their way into moviegoers’ hearts. After The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle in 1939, Astaire and Rogers went their separate ways, each establishing their own solo careers. Rogers quickly won an Academy Award for Best Actress in the movie Kitty Foyle (1940), then continued on to act opposite stars like Cary Grant in Monkey Business (1952). Astaire, on the other hand, continued dancing in movie musicals like Holiday Inn (1942) with Bing Crosby and Easter Parade (1948) with Judy Garland, each with enduring universal appeal.

In 1949, Astaire and Rogers collaborated one last time in The Barkleys of Broadway after Judy Garland had to step down. (Incidentally, this was their first and only picture shot in Technicolor.) Over the course of their careers, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced together in only ten films, but they will forever be remembered as the most iconic dancing duo in Hollywood.

2012 Primetime Emmy Winners

emmy awardLike many TV enthusiasts, last Sunday I watched the 2012 Primetime Emmy Awards.  I have to confess, I wasn’t overly thrilled with the complete list of winners, but all of the nominees were deserving of recognition for their work in television. Even if my some of my favorites didn’t take home the statue, the telecast itself was enjoyable with moments both funny (an intentional speech mix-up in the Lead Actress in a Comedy category, and the faux In Memoriam to Jimmy Kimmel as sung by Josh Groban) and touching (a standing ovation for Michael J. Fox, and Ron Howard’s heartfelt tribute to Andy Griffith).

If you missed the nominations, check out these blog posts to find the complete list in the Drama and Comedy categories. And if you missed the ceremony on Sunday, the winners in Drama, Comedy and Miniseries or Movie are listed below.

Are You Ready for Fall TV?

tvSeptember is a month of beginnings: The beginning of school, the start of football season, the official first day of fall and, most importantly, the season premieres of many fall television shows. With many cable channels taking advantage of network reruns to air TV shows of their own, the summer months are no longer the TV dead zone they were previously. But there is nothing quite like favorite shows airing new episodes just in time to help push viewers through the slog towards Thanksgiving and the winter holidays. This fall, I’m most anxious to see how the huge cliffhangers at the end of The Vampire Diaries and NCIS are resolved. What shows are you most looking forward to watching?

If you’re out of the TV loop, or just want to catch up on previous seasons of current TV, browse the HCPL catalog and see what we have to offer! And if you’re still trying to prep the DVR for the upcoming seasons, check out this handy guide to all the primetime network shows.

Kimberly’s TV Picks:

A Thrill A Minute

north by northwestThis past weekend Premium Rush, an action-packed film starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as a bike messenger in New York City, opened in movie theaters. The movie wasn’t thought provoking and certainly didn’t inspire introspection, but after spending ninety minutes watching chaotic bike chases through the busy streets and back alleys of NYC, I did leave the theater with phantom pains and an elevated heart rate. In 2001, the American Film Institute unveiled a list of the 100 Most Thrilling American Films. The list is a mix of silent and CGI, psychological thriller and high action. I’m not sure I agree with every movie on the list, but it is worth browsing. Did your favorite thriller make the list?

If you’re in the mood for a thriller this Labor Day weekend, watch an old favorite or browse the HCPL catalog and request a new movie today!

A Few Films on the AFI 100 Thrillers List:

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