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Minute to Win It!

clockSummer reading is almost half over (have you signed up yet?), but we still have awesome programs coming up! Test your skills at Minute to Win It with a series of 60 second challenges using common household items. The team with the most challenges met at the end of the game wins! For teens and tweens ages 10 and up. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 2 at 3:00pm.

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

Flikr CC: Time Management Photo by: Ryan Hyde

Fairy Tale Ball!

fairy taleIt's time for the Fairy Tale Ball! Put on your best fairy tale inspired costume, grab your friends, and get ready to dance until you turn into a pumpkin! All fairy tale creatures are invited – even the scary ones! For teens and tweens ages 10 and up. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 25 from 6:30-8:30pm.

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

Battle of the Books - Weeks 1 & 2

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Battle of the Books is off to a great start, with many passionate voters dropping their ballots in the box to keep their favorite books in the game. Here’s how we stand at the conclusion of the first two weeks of voting.

Later this summer in Adult fiction, Pride & Prejudice will be battling it out against Gone with the Wind, while The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will go toe to toe with One for the Money.

In Young Adult fiction, Hunger Games battles with City of Bones, while Crank dukes it out with Eragon.

In Children’s fiction, Harry Potter is up against Diary of a Wimpy Kid, while Charlotte’s Web must stand against Wonder.

Each week’s winners have been marked on the brackets near the Reference Desk, so stop by to see what we’re voting on this week and what’s still to come! And if your favorite book didn’t make it through the first round, you know what you need to do: VOTE!

Truth, Justice, & the American Way

superman statueMan of Steel, the highly anticipated reboot to the Superman movie franchise opens in theaters today. Although I love the complexity and grittiness of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, the snark of Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man, and the cleverness of X-Men, Superman will always be my favorite superhero. He is the superhero who flies around in a bright red cape, hides his identity behind a pair of glasses and a reporter’s pen, and dodges bullets and sees through walls. He is the superhero who goes out of his way to protect human life despite his own position as an outsider. In every incarnation, whether live action movie, long running TV series, or children’s cartoon, Superman stands for hope.

If you can’t make it to the movie theater this week but want to catch up on Superman’s adventures, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Room Art & Superheroes!

lego avengersHey teens! Need to get out of the house this summer? We’ve got you covered! On Tuesday, come make awesome art for your room with a blank canvas, paint, magazine cutouts and mod podge! All supplies provided. Room Art: Painting will be in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 18 at 3:00pm. For teens and tweens ages 10 and up.

Then, on Thursday, spend the day at the library for the Superhero Movie Marathon! Bring food, drinks and friends for an exciting trio of movies, or check out the schedule and stop by for your favorite. Trivia, games and prizes in between each movie! For all ages, but all movies are rated PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, June 20 from 1:30-9:00pm.

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

Teen Cardboard Fortress Battle

cardboard box manKick off summer reading fun with a Cardboard Fortress Battle! Pick your team, build a fortress out of cardboard boxes and duct tape, design your paper flag, then play mini capture the flag battles in an epic struggle to win the war! Two teams, two cardboard fortresses - tons of fun! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, June 11 at 3:00pm. For tweens and teens ages 10 and up.

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

Flickr CC: Meet Danbo! Photo by: Sally Crossthwaite

The Miniseries

CranfordOne of my favorite television forms is the miniseries, a single story told over a limited number of episodes. Because most miniseries are several hours long, they provide more freedom to delve deeper into the plot and the characters than a single two-hour movie. At the same time, they are generally much shorter than an average American TV season, allowing viewers to see a complete story from beginning to end.

In my last blog post (From Classic Page to Screen) I included several miniseries in the list of movies based on classic literature. Although the classics often provide inspiration, the miniseries is a popular vehicle for all genres, from westerns and love stories, to battlefronts and documentaries. It is interesting to see how the miniseries has evolved through the years and speculate on what viewers can expect from producers in years to come.

If you’re in the mood to become engrossed in a miniseries (or two!) this summer, browse the HCPL catalog and request one today!

Battle of the Books

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In just a few days, summer reading fun starts at the library and, with it, our first ever Battle of the Books! This summer, we want you to help us pick the very best novel in three categories: Adult Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, and Children’s Fiction. Best of all, anyone can vote in any category - whether you’ve read the books or not. We’ll be voting, bracket-style, so stop by each week to drop a ballot in the box and keep your favorite novels in the game! 

Tween Homeschool Book Club

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On Monday, the Tween Homeschool Book Club met for the last time this school year. We have had a great time over the last eight months reading and talking about books, doing fun activities, and making new friends. Now, the book club is on a summer hiatus, but we look forward to a fresh start in September with new and returning faces and more great books!

Check out the list of awesome books we read this year:

Thanks for a great year and see you in September!

From Classic Page to Screen

great gatsby

Books, particularly the classics, have always been a huge source of inspiration for screenwriters. Some of the most enduring novels have inspired many film and TV adaptations, each approaching the story in a different way. Sometimes the adaptations are spot-on, true to both the story and the emotion of the source material. Often, screenwriters and directors take liberties to update the story for modern audiences or translate page to screen.

Last week, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, hit theaters in a glitzy Baz Luhrmann production. Its success at the box office is further proof that some of the best movie plots are waiting in the pages of classic literature.

If you’re in the mood for classic literature on the screen, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie or mini-series today!

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