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When Nature Strikes Back

thundercloudHave you ever stopped to consider just how many types of disaster movies Hollywood has produced over the years? The Earth has almost come to an end because of natural disasters, epidemics, meteors, aliens, man-made disasters, and giant monsters – just to name a few. Why does the movie-going public have such an obsession with disaster movies? Perhaps we simply like to watch humanity battle some powerful force and, ultimately, triumph? Or maybe we just like the special effects?

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

Kimberly's Natural Disaster Movie Picks:

Back to the Chalkboards!

School LockersDespite the excruciating temperatures, summer break is coming to a close and the school year is beginning. High school is such a defining period in any teenager’s life that Hollywood directors have shot countless movies set in their halls. John Hughes and the Brat Pack are notable for some of the most iconic movies about American teenagers, but the genre has touched on all aspects of high school life. My high school days have come and gone, but I still nurture a deep appreciation for all movies set in high schools. (In fact, I think I love them more now that I don’t actually have to go to school myself the next day!)

If you are feeling nostalgic about high school, getting ready to start school, or trying to convince your summer-obsessed teenager that high school is necessary, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Kimberly’s High School Movie Picks:

Last Teen Summer Activities

scrabbleNeed one last hurrah before the school year starts? Next Tuesday come to the library for Teen Game Day! Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, show off your dance movies with Just Dance, be a Guitar Hero, or break out the board games. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 17th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

And don’t forget Teen Movie Night! Teens choose the movie from pre-selected options. Bring friends, snacks and drinks. Meet in the second floor Computer Lab every Thursday from 7:00-9:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Robot Scrabble Photo by: Jenn and Tony Bot
 

Dancing Across the Screen

dancing on a benchThis Friday, August 6th, the movie I have been waiting for all summer finally opens in theaters: Step Up 3D. I know what you’re all thinking; I can practically hear the groans. The fact of the matter is that I adore silly teenage dance movies. My love for this film niche began years ago when Patrick Swayze danced his way into my pre-teen heart, and it has grown over the years. There is just something about dance movies. I love the drama that always leads up to the big final performance, the inevitable romantic plot and, most important of all, the dancing. I will probably never be able to dance like the actors in my favorite dance movies, but I can certainly appreciate their talents and do a little dance in my seat!

Set Sail with a Movie

boatsTwo weeks ago, I blogged about the perfect movies for a hot summer day: beach movies. But sometimes I want more than a beach. Sometimes I want to be out on a boat with the waves gently knocking against the hull, the sea birds flying above, and the wind rushing through my hair. Sometimes I want to push out to the middle of a lake and spend all day idly floating. Sometimes I want to navigate down a river, tube through rapids, and watch the trees on the banks as I float past.

Teen Un-Birthday Party!

un-birthdayNext Tuesday, August 3rd, come celebrate your un-birthday with a party! We will have cupcakes, ice cream and old school party games. Bring your friends and join in the fun! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, August 3rd, from 3:00-4:30 pm.

The Teen Summer Reading Program is almost over. Have you registered yet? If you haven’t, there is still time! Teens who register and log 5 books or 600 minutes by August 7th get a free book. If you have finished but haven’t received your prize, stop by the Un-Birthday Party and pick up your free book!

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

Teen Game Day!

MarioDon’t forget the weekly Tuesday activities for teens! Next Tuesday come to the library for Teen Game Day. Challenge your friends to a Mario Kart race, show off your dance movies with Just Dance, be a Guitar Hero, or break out the board games! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 27th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

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

Flickr CC: Mario Kart Wii promo event, NYC, 4/24/08 - 14 of 16 Photo by: goodrob13
 

Day at the Beach

beach

As July speeds by and temperatures continue to soar, there are quite a few things I wish I could do. Eat ice cream for every meal, go on a road trip with the windows down and the wind roaring by, run through a sprinkler, or go to the beach. On a hot summer’s day, there are very few things better than reading on the beach and riding waves back to shore.

Henna for Teens

henna hand with camelHey teens! Looking for something fun to do next week? On Tuesday we will be using henna to create temporary designs on the skin. Henna, a plant-based product made from henna tree leaves, is used by many cultures around the world as a form of artistic expression. Henna is not permanent, but it does temporarily stain the skin. Henna will wash or fade from the skin in one to three weeks.

Any teen (ages 12 to 18) who wishes to participate must have a completed parental permission form. Teens without a form can attend the program, but will not be allowed to participate. Permission forms can be obtained at the first floor Reference Desk of the Tomball Library. For more information, please call the library at 832-599-4200.

The henna program will take place in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 20th from 3:00-4:30 pm.

Out of This World Television

adorable robot guyOne of my favorite television genres is science fiction. It’s a genre that is underappreciated by the masses, but the people who love it are often fanatical enough to make up the difference. It’s unfortunate that so many people dismiss the entire genre without even giving it a chance (it’s not all Star Trek, you know) because science fiction has so much to offer.

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