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Roger Ebert (1942-2013)

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On Thursday, April 4th, famed film critic Roger Ebert died at the age of 70 after a long struggle with cancer. Over the course of his 46-year career, Ebert became the everyman’s film critic. His informative, opinionated film reviews, in print and on the TV show he co-hosted (first with Gene Siskel and later with Richard Roeper), were accessible and enjoyable to all movie-goers, whether passionate or casual.

Throughout his career, Ebert attained many firsts. In 1975, he became the first film critic to win a Pulitzer Prize. Later, he became the first film critic to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Presenting Felix the Firefighter Visits the Library!

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook (and you really should), you’ve probably seen the pictures from Felix the Firefighter’s trip to the library a few weeks ago. Now he’s starring in his very own movie trailer: Felix the Firefighter Visits the Library! Watch it below and see what crazy adventures Felix went on during his visit. Then check out Felix the Firefighter’s official Facebook page to see where else his adventures have taken him!

 

Congrats!

LauraLast week, Laura Matson, one of Tomball Library’s excellent circulation assistants, was awarded a scholarship from the Public Library Division of the Texas Library Association. According to the TLA website, “the purpose of the PLD Scholarship is to encourage TLA and PLD membership, to advance the goals and objectives of the [Texas Library] Association, and to provide the means for supporting participation in the TLA Annual Conference”.

Congratulations, Laura, on your hard work and your desire to help improve and grow library services!

I Now Pronounce You Husband & Wife!

wedding cake topperSpring is in the air! It’s time for greenery and colorful blooming flowers, a few weeks of perfect weather before the blistering heat of a Texas summer, and weddings. Whether formal or intimate, elegant or hipster chic, weddings are usually some combination of romance and stress. In movies, weddings are often presented as days where anything that can go wrong, will. Although this probably isn’t how anyone would want their wedding day to go in real life, it provides plenty of laughs on film!

If you’re planning a wedding or just in the mood for some wedding hijinks, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today.

Kimberly's Wedding Movie Picks:

Job Search Seminars

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Looking to break into the job market or switch careers? Don’t miss our ongoing series of Job Search Seminars presented by Workforce Solutions. First, learn more about the power of networking on Wednesday, March 27, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Then, learn about successful resumes and applications on Wednesday, April 17, from 1:00-3:00 pm. Both seminars are followed by a Resume Lab from 3:00-4:00 pm.

Seminars are open to adults. All seminars are taught in one of the computer labs on the second floor. Stop by the Reference Desk for directions to the correct lab.

If you have a Harris County Public Library card, please bring it with you. Otherwise, please arrive a few minutes early and stop by the Reference Desk for a temporary computer pass.

For more information or to register for a seminar, call the Library at 832-559-4200.

Community News

thumbtackLooking for a place to post flyers for community and school events, job opportunities in the area, and other useful news? The library has a community bulletin board in the Café near the back door! Just stop by the Reference Desk and ask a librarian to initial your flyer before adding it to our community bulletin board.

Flickr CC: Red thumbtack Photo by: 24oranges

Teen Game Day!

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Hey teens! Stuck at home during Spring Break and looking for something fun to do? Grab your friends and come to the library for Wii classics: Mario, racing, bowling, dancing & more! Meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, March 12 from 3:00-4:30pm.

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

Flickr CC: Wii Bot Photo by: Jenn and Tony Bot

Bags for Spring

bagsWant to support your local library and reduce your carbon footprint? Buy one of our new reusable bags, provided by the Friends of the Tomball Library, and be the coolest person at the library! Bags are now available for a donation of $3.00 in purple, pink or lime green, colors perfect for spring. All proceeds are used to support the library. Stop by the Customer Service desk by the front door of the library to buy your bag and show your support!

2013 Oscar Nominations: Best Actor & Best Supporting Actor

academy awardsThis Sunday, a hotly contested awards season will come to a close with the 85th Academy Awards ceremony. This year, the nominated actors appear in comedies, biopics, musicals and dramas, but all offer strong performances. Between the ten, they have thirty-five Oscar nominations and ten wins.  All but two of the actors have previously received Oscar nominations, and seven have won at least one statuette. While the Best Actor competition seems uncontested, the field is wide open in Best Supporting Actor. It will be interesting to see which nominees actually take home the award on Sunday!

Best Actor:

Spring Cleaning = Book Donations

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Spring is just around the corner and with it, spring cleaning! If you clear off some space on your book or media shelves this spring, keep the library in mind for donations. Donations of new and gently-used items are sold in our Friends of the Library Bookstore, located near the front entrance of the library. All proceeds are used to support the library.

The Friends of the Library will gladly accept the following materials:

  • - Gently-used hardcover and paperback books
  • - VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs and audio books in good and working condition
  • - New magazines of general interest, such as National Geographic, Smithsonian, Texas Monthly, cooking or decorating magazines, and select children’s magazines
  • - Computer books that are less than five years old

While we appreciate your generosity and your willingness to support the library, we are unable to accept the following materials:

  • - Any items that are moldy, dirty, water-stained, without covers or that have torn pages
  • - Encyclopedias
  • - Medical books or textbooks that are more than ten years old
  • - Back issues of magazines about current events, fashion, finance, sports or technology

Thank you for your donations and your continued support of the library!

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