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Battle of the Books – The Final Weeks

harry potterThe Battle of the Books is in its final three weeks! Have you been voting and keeping track of your favorites? We have had a few close races, and we’re getting closer to picking ultimate champions in all three categories. Here’s where we stand at the end of 8 weeks of voting:

This week, Gone with the Wind goes head to head with The Lord of the Rings in adult fiction, The Hunger Games races against The Maze Runner in YA fiction, and Harry Potter is up against Nancy Drew in children’s fiction.

Next week, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo will battle against The Help in adult fiction, Eragon must stand against I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You in YA fiction, and Charlotte’s Web will duke it out with Bridge to Terabithia in children’s fiction.

The winners of these two weeks of voting will battle for the title of Battle of the Books Champion!

Each week’s winners have been marked on the brackets near the Reference Desk, so stop by to take a look at what didn’t make it! And if your favorite book was knocked out, you know what you need to do: VOTE!

2013 Primetime Emmy Nominations: Comedy

EmmyLast week, the nominations for the 65th Primetime Emmys were announced. As always, they were met with excitement from some and disappointment from others. Every year, it seems that network comedies are less represented in the nominations, but standout favorites like 30 Rock, Modern Family and The Big Bang Theory continue to hold their own against the influx of cutting edge cable comedies. It will be interesting to see if Modern Family (the perennial favorite) or 30 Rock (which just celebrated its final season) can win voters over enough to take home trophies at this year's ceremony.

Below, I have listed all the nominees in the Comedy categories. Who would you like to win? Was your favorite snubbed in this year’s nominations? Let me know in the comments!

Outstanding Comedy Series:

Room Art in a Jar

mason jarsSummer is winding down, but we still have awesome teen programs coming up! On Tuesday, stop by the library for Room Art in a Jar. Get creative and make something pretty with mason jars and craft supplies. All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 30 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Flickr CC: The Humble Mason Jar Photo by: Chiot’s Run

Bottle Cap Jewelry

bottle cap necklacesHey teens! Have you registered for summer reading yet? (If not, what are you waiting for?) If you’re looking for fun things to this summer, don’t forget the teen summer programs! On Tuesday, join us for bottle cap jewelry and make a charm for a necklace out of a bottle cap and craft supplies! All supplies provided. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 23 from 3:00-4:30.

Are you participating in the Teen Summer Writing Contest? All entries are due by 5:00pm on Saturday, July 27. Don’t miss the deadline! Entry forms and more details are available at the Reference Desk or this post.

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

Flickr CC: 303/365: Pretty Photo by: LaCheryl

A Robot World

robotThis weekend, Pacific Rim, the next big budget summer movie, hits theaters. Featuring giant robots created and powered by humans to fight an invading alien force, this is just the latest in a long line of films featuring robots. Robots have long fascinated screenwriters because they mirror all parts of the human condition, allowing for social commentary from a new perspective. Often created by man to accomplish tasks, robots can be sweet or terrifying, and can quickly progress from obedient to vindictive. Whether man made or alien, innocent or destructive, robots have captivated audiences for years. 

If you’re in the mood for a robot movie and can’t make it to the theater, browse the HCPL catalog and request a DVD today!

Silent Film Star!

the endThere are only four more weeks of summer reading left, but we’ve got lots of awesome programs still to come! On Tuesday, bring your friends and come star in a silent movie! We’ll provide the props, you provide the acting chops. For teens and tweens ages 10-18. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 16 from 3:00-4:30pm. Parental permission is REQUIRED to participate. Permission forms available at the Reference Desk.

Then, on Thursday, spend the day at the library for part 2 of the Magical Movie Marathon! Bring food, drinks and friends for an exciting trio of movies, or check out the schedule and stop by for your favorite. For all ages, but some movies are rated PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, July 18 from 1:00-9:00pm.

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

Flickr CC: Untitled Photo by: fliegender

Henna & Magical Movies

hennaHey teens! Looking for a way to beat the summer heat? The library has you covered! On Tuesday come draw temporary designs on your skin using henna paste. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, July 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm. Remember: Parental permission is REQUIRED to participate. Permission forms available at the Reference Desk.

Then, on Thursday, spend the day at the library for part 1 of the Magical Movie Marathon! Bring food, drinks and friends for an exciting trio of movies, or check out the schedule and stop by for your favorite. For all ages, but some movies are rated PG-13. Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Thursday, July 11 from 1:00-9:00pm.

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

Battle of the Books - Weeks 3 & 4

lord of the ringsIt may be hard to believe, but we are now four weeks into Battle of the Books! Here’s how weeks three and four went in the epic battle for book dominance. (And, in case you missed it, here’s the blog post for updates on the first two weeks of voting.)

Later this summer in Adult fiction, Lord of the Rings will be battling it out against To Kill a Mockingbird, while A Game of Thrones will go toe to toe with The Help.

In Young Adult fiction, The Maze Runner battles with Beautiful Creatures, while The Perks of Being a Wallflower dukes it out with I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have to Kill You.

In Children’s fiction, Nancy Drew is up against Chronicles of Narnia, while Matilda must stand against Bridge to Terabithia.

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!

Flickr CC: Lord of the Rings Photo by: Frank Escamilla

That's a Laugh

movie theaterIt should come as no surprise that moviegoers love a good laugh. So far this summer, three very different comedies have been released in theaters: The Internship (a buddy comedy starring Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn), This is the End (an apocalyptic comedy), and The Heat (a buddy action comedy starring Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy). Even many of the big budget action films this summer have had enough funny moments and one-liners to keep audiences laughing. When real life is too overwhelming, we turn to movies for an escape into the light-hearted, the screwball and the gut-bustingly hilarious.

In 2000, the American Film Institute released their list of the 100 funniest American movies: AFI’s 100 Years…100 Laughs. Below, I have listed some of my favorite titles on the list. What are your favorites? What movies would you add from the years since the list was released?

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

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