Kimberly C's blog

Duct Tape & Movies & Books, Oh My!

duct tape roseDon’t miss the last of the teen summer reading programs next week! First, come make something awesome out of colorful duct tape! All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 7 from 3:00-4:30pm.

And don’t miss the last Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Call the library for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, August 9 from 7:00-9:00pm.

Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? There’s still time, so what are you waiting for? All you have to do is read any 5 books (or for 600 minutes) this summer, log them online, and stop by the library for cool prizes!

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

2012 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Drama

EmmyA few weeks ago, the nominations for the 64th Primetime Emmys were announced. I did see the list when it was first released, but I was too caught up in anticipation for The Dark Knight Rises to fully process. Now that I have had time to browse the entire list, I’m happy to see that some of my favorites (including a few surprises!) were nominated. Although I don’t care quite as much for the Emmys as I do for the Oscars, I do have firm opinions about who I think should win in each category (and who I think should have been nominated). Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Drama categories. Who would you like to win?

Teen Spa Day

sugar scrubHey teens! We’re counting down to the end of summer with a spa day! Stop by to make your own lip balm and sweet smelling sugar scrub, and decorate hair clips. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 31 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Flickr CC: How To_Sugar Scrub-5 Photo by: Debra

Christopher Nolan Retrospective

Inception

Today The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s enormously successful Batman trilogy and the movie I have been waiting to see for months, finally opens in theaters. I have closely followed Christopher Nolan’s writing and directing career since first seeing Batman Begins in 2005, and I am constantly astonished at his incredible world building, complex plots, and depth of character. Since his first full length film in 1998, Following, Nolan has continued to experiment and grow as a director and as a screenwriter with his brother, Jonathan Nolan. Now, when the majority of summer releases are purely popcorn movies, Nolan has managed to perfect the art of the intelligent blockbuster.

Kimberly’s Thoughts:

Henna for Teens

hennaHey teens! Summer is starting to wind down, but we still have awesome programs each week!

On Tuesday, come create temporary designs on your skin using henna paste. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 24 from 3:00-4:30pm. Parental permission is REQUIRED to participate. Permission forms available at the Reference Desk.

And don’t forget Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Call the library for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, July 26 from 7:00-9:00pm.

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

Shrinky Dink Buttons

shrinky dinksHey teens! It's time for Shrinky Dink crafts! Draw on shrinking plastic to create awesome buttons. We will have needle and thread if you want to sew your finished buttons on clothing or a backpack from home. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 17 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Season of the Superhero

bat signalIt’s the season of the superhero! Lately, it seems as though all the biggest and best superhero movies hit theaters during the summer months. This summer was no different, with highly anticipated continuations and reboots (including The Avengers in May, The Amazing Spider-Man this week and The Dark Knight Rises just around the corner) opening with great fanfare and big ticket sales. 

I have always adored superhero movies. I love the costumes and the sweet romances, the big plots and the action sequences. Mostly, I love the battle between good and evil, where the hero prevails. Whether the hero of the hour wears a cape and flies, has mutant or alien abilities, or uses science and smarts to replicate super powers, they are always on the front line, saving the world from the dastardly villain.    

If your cape is at the dry cleaners and the Bat-Signal is dark, take the night off, browse the HCPL catalog and request a superhero movie today!

Kimberly’s Superhero Movie Picks:

Teen Steampunk Tea Party

teacupHey teens! Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? What are you waiting for? Create an account, read any 5 books (or for 600 minutes) this summer, log them online, and stop by the library for cool prizes!

And don’t forget the Steampunk Tea Party! Put on your best steampunk attire and sit down for a nice spot of tea (or lemonade!) and cookies. Whether you come in costume or not, join us for steampunk-inspired mustaches and flowers! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 10 from 3:00-4:30pm.

Teens Build It: LEGOs

LEGO Pool Party

Hey teens! Relive your childhood and create something spectacular out of LEGOs! Prizes will be given for the most creative designs. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 3 from 3:00-4:30pm.

And don’t forget Teen Movie Night! Call the library for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm.

Flickr CC: Pool Party Photo by: Katie Walker

The Armchair Traveler

plane wingWhen I was little, summer often meant piling people and luggage in the car and going on vacation. Many of our vacations were spent visiting extended family, but there were some epic road trips across the United States to see state parks, historical landmarks, and the occasional theme park.

Summer vacation is one of the things I miss the most, now that I’m all grown up. I would love to get in my car and head out on a two week drive, or fly across the ocean and visit other countries, but anything more than a quick weekend trip isn’t in the plans this summer. Fortunately, there are a number of movies that have a strong sense of place. Movies set in exotic (or, not so exotic) locales, where the setting is such a crucial part of the story, that by the end you feel as though you were actually there. A mini vacation, all from the comfort of your couch!

If you’re dreaming of a vacation this summer but just can’t make it work, browse the HCPL catalog and check out a movie today!

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