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Zombie Prom!

ZombiesDon’t miss the Teen Zombie Prom! It’s just like a real prom… but with zombies! Come in costume for dancing, food, a creepy craft, and a costume contest. (Actual zombies not eligible for best costume.) Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 26 from 6:30-9:00pm.

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

Ultimate Spoons Tournament

spoonsCalling all teens for the Ultimate Spoons Tournament! Collect four of a kind and covertly steal the spoon in this fast-paced game. Pay attention or you’ll be left without the spoon! Don’t know the game? Come anyway! We’ll teach you how to play and you just might snag the last spoon. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 19 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Demented Dolls

Demented DollsHey teens! Come to the library next Tuesday and make a creepy friend! Create a Demented Doll out of fabric and odds and ends. All supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring your own. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 12 from 3:00-4:30 pm.

And don’t miss Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Grab friends and watch a movie while you surf the net. Call the library each week for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm.

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

May the Odds Be Ever in Your Favor…

mockingjay pinThe Teen Summer Reading Program is practically here, and we’re kicking it off Panem-style with a Hunger Games Party! Come dressed as your favorite character and represent your district in trivia challenges, games and more. And here’s some advice… stay alive. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 5th from 3:00-4:30pm.

Don’t miss Teen Movie Night on Thursday! Grab friends and watch a movie while you surf the net. Call the library each week for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursdays from 7:00-9:00pm.

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

1.21 Gigawatts!

flux capacitorAs the school year winds down and the heat outside climbs higher, Men in Black 3, the first of the big-budget summer blockbusters, hits theaters. Unbelievably, it has been fifteen years since Men in Black introduced Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as wildly popular agents keeping tabs on alien life on Earth. I am absurdly fond of Men in Black and can’t wait to see the newest addition to the franchise, where Agent J time travels back to the year 1969 to work with a younger, but delightfully recognizable, Agent K.

Time travel is just as much a science fiction trope as alien invasion and sentient robots, and it’s one I particularly love. Ever since I was a little girl, watching reruns of the Fourth Doctor gallivanting through space and time in his TARDIS, I have had a weakness for a good (or, frankly, bad) time travel plot. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from, ranging from depressing (The Butterfly Effect) to hilarious (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure). Although I don’t want to tempt fate and sneak a peek at my own future, I wouldn’t turn down a ride in the DeLorean!

Picture This

wild thingsOn Tuesday, May 8, Maurice Sendak, beloved children’s author and illustrator passed away at the age of 83. Although Where the Wild Things Are, Sendak’s most beloved book, was never a favorite of mine as a child (I preferred the rhyming stylings of Dr. Seuss and the collage art of Eric Carle), I do have fond memories of Max and the wild things. I’m sure most of us can probably recall a favorite book or character from either our own childhood or from reading out loud to a child.

Picture books are an integral part of childhood. They introduce concepts and themes, visually stimulate the eye, and invite interaction between adult and child. It is not surprising that many of them have been the inspiration for films. A number of these picture books, like Mo Willems’ Knuffle Bunny and Don Freeman’s Corduroy, have been made into short films released through Scholastic Storybook Treasures and similar companies. Some, however, have been given the red carpet treatment and released in theaters. Either way, there is something magical about seeing a beloved picture book re-imagined on screen.

The Show Must Go On

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When I was growing up, musicals were an important part of my movie education. I adored Mary Poppins, cried over Fiddler on the Roof, and spent many an afternoon daydreaming about a pair of ruby slippers. Then, during my teenage years, I discovered Singin’ in the Rain and fell in love. I watched that movie every single day for an entire week. There was just something so winsome and happy about it. Could life really be all that dreadful when people were bursting into song and dance numbers during a rainstorm?

When Moulin Rouge hit the silver screen in 2001, it reinvigorated a fading genre and ushered in a new age of movie musicals. Musicals over the past decade have been an eclectic mix of charming, timeless, quirky and irreverent, but each one draws its essence from the classic movie musicals of the mid-1900’s. The runaway success of a recent string of Disney musicals and hit TV shows like Glee and Smash means that the movie and TV musical has a new generation of eager viewers.

Things That Go Bump in the Night

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In my last post, I wrote about HBO’s stunning high fantasy series Game of Thrones. I adore Game of Thrones and would firmly classify it as one of a kind, but I also have a long standing appreciation for supernatural television dramas. Filled with vampires, werewolves, magic, apparitions and other fantastical beings, supernatural dramas often create stories out of folklore, myth and urban legend. Television that falls within this genre can be whimsical, romantic, serious, or scary, but most all of them feature forces for good battling against evil.

If you’re in the mood for a supernatural TV series, browse the HCPL catalog and request a season today!

Kimberly’s Supernatural TV Picks:

The Butterfly Project

paper butterfliesStop by the library and create a paper butterfly! All butterflies will be donated to the Holocaust Museum Houston for an upcoming special exhibit honoring the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Craft stations with an assortment of supplies will be set up all day Thursday, April 12 outside the Children's area. All ages are invited to participate and donate a butterfly.

For more information, call (832) 559-4200.

Flickr CCcatherine swan butterflies Photo by: ohh_food

Game of Thrones

game of thrones mapLast year, HBO premiered Game of Thrones, a new television series based on George R. R. Martin’s high fantasy series A Song of Fire and Ice. After a slow start, the show swept the fantasy world, garnering praise from critics and fans alike. This Sunday, Game of Thrones returns with its highly anticipated second season. I, for one, have been counting down for months, excited to see where the series leads. (I know, I know. If I had read the novels in the break between seasons, I wouldn’t be so anxious about what’s in store for the characters I love and loathe.

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