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Teens: Just Dance

danceHey teens! Need a break from studying? Come show off your best dance moves with Just Dance for the Nintendo Wii! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, November 8th from 5:00-6:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: 195/365 shall wii dance? Photo by: Josh Fassbind

The Penalty Box

hockey

It’s hockey season! I unabashedly adore hockey. I love the excitement of a perfectly executed goal and the adrenaline of a power play, the broken sticks and dirty fights, shouting at the opposing team’s goalie and ringing a cowbell. Most of all, I love cheering on the home team as they battle their way to victory. Here in Houston, we are fortunate enough to have our own American Hockey League team– the Aeros. Last year the Aeros made it all the way to game 6 of the Calder Cup playoffs; I was in the crowd at the Toyota Center that night, cheering them on. The Aeros ultimately lost, but I have high hopes for the new season!

Farewell Steve Jobs

apple iPodOn Wednesday, October 5, Steve Jobs, the visionary behind Apple, passed away after a lengthy illness. I was late to join the club of enthusiasts devoted to Apple products, but since saving my pennies and buying my first iPod in 2004, I have been a loyal fan. Like many people around the world, I am saddened by the loss of such a charismatic, forward-thinking individual.

SAT Practice Test

pencilGetting ready to take the SAT? Need to improve your scores? Kaplan is hosting a free SAT practice test here at the library. The practice test will be offered on Saturday, October 8 from 10:15am to 2:15pm in the first floor Meeting Room. Students will be given their scores and a detailed analysis the following Saturday, October 15 from 10:15am to 11:15am. Registration is required. For more information or to register for the test, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Flickr CC: Pencil Photo by: mammal

And the Emmy Goes To...

EmmyLike many people, last Sunday I watched the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards. Although not as glitzy and glamorous as the Academy Awards, I do enjoy seeing all my favorite television personalities in one room. Unlike the Oscars, where the top prizes are practically certain a few weeks before the awards show, the Emmys tend to have more surprises. This year the awards were particularly unpredictable, with frontrunners passed over for newcomers and underdogs. It certainly made for an exciting evening!

Comedy Awards:

Crafty Teens: Tissue Paper Flowers

pompomsHey teens! Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month and make beautiful tissue paper flowers! All supplies provided. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, September 20th from 5:00-6:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Blue Hanging PomPoms Photo by: Barb Watson

One-Two Punch

boxing glovesThis weekend, a movie I have been looking forward to for months finally arrives in theaters: Warrior. The story of two estranged brothers meeting in the Mixed Martial Arts arena, Warrior promises to be an intense addition to the inspirational sports movie genre. I always appreciate a good inspirational sports movie, but those featuring fighting are some of my favorites. I can remember watching Jean-Claude Van Damme in Bloodsport on TV repeatedly as a teenager and, to this day, it remains one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies.

School Day Blues...

dorm roomIt’s official! Summer is over and the school year has begun. Like most Americans, I went to a public high school, but I always wondered what it would be like to attend a boarding school. I didn’t actually want to live away from home, but boarding school always seemed so exotic. Fortunately for me and all the other kids stuck in public schooling, there are plenty of movies set at boarding schools in America and abroad. Most of these movies are realistic depictions of boarding schools now, but some are firmly set in a fantasy world. (I know I’m still waiting for my Hogwarts letter!) Sometimes boarding school really does look like the exciting place I imagined as a kid, but most often it has the same drama as a regular high school.  

Whether you went off to boarding school each September or took the bus to a public high school, there are plenty of great movies set at boarding schools. Browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Kimberly Boarding School Movie Picks:

Teen Summer Writing Contest Winners

fountain penLast week, the winners of the Teen Summer Writing Contest were announced at a reception held at the Tomball Library. Hosted in conjunction with the Barbara Bush Branch Library, the Writing Contest was a huge success. Over 100 entries were submitted by teens from both branches, various other HCPL branches, and five states across the country. Thanks to all the teens who wrote and submitted fantastic entries!

Congratulations to all our winners for their outstanding poems and short stories!

Teen Luau

pineapple boy and girlHey teens! Stop by the library next week for the End of Summer Luau! We’ll eat food, play games, make leis and have fun. Don’t miss out! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 2nd from 3:00-4:30pm.

And don’t forget the last Teen Movie Night of the summer! Call the library at 832-559-4200 for the movie title. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab on Thursday, August 4th from 7:00-9:00pm.

Have you registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program yet? There's still time! All you have to do is register and log your progress (5 books or 600 minutes) online by August 6th, then stop by the library for cool prizes! You can even pick up your prizes at the Luau!

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