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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!

What’s Tomball Reading Now?

booksCurious what’s been popular at Tomball recently? Check out the list of books with the most requests by Tomball customers. See anything that piques your interest? Add your name to the request list!

Adult Fiction & Mystery

A Mother's Love

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With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it seemed appropriate to not only celebrate our own mothers, but also make note of favorite TV moms. Since June Cleaver served dinner to her family in high heels and pearls on Leave It to Beaver, TV moms have been an integral part of any family comedy or drama. Through the years, TV moms have evolved and now you’re as likely to find a single mom, a working mom, or a meddling mother-in-law, as you are a stay-at-home mom in your favorite TV show. But no matter what they do or how they do it, TV moms continue to touch the lives of viewers and TV families alike.

If you’re in the mood for some motherly attention this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a TV show today!

Help! I Need a Print Card!

Your librarians have been hard at work writing, directing and starring in handy informational videos that demystify the library. This time, the Reference Librarians tackled the complicated task of purchasing a print card. Ever been confused about all the steps involved in buying a print card? We hope that watching this video simplifies the process for you and makes printing at the library a stress-free endeavor.

Happy printing!

 

Sports Biopics

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Last weekend, 42, the highly-anticipated biopic about baseball legend Jackie Robinson, was released in theaters. A sub-set of the sports film genre, biopics focus on the lives, challenges, and successes of heroes in various sports arenas. Although most take some liberties, a worthwhile biopic tries to present the facts and emotions, the good and the bad, of the subject’s life. While some sports biopics are simply for entertainment, in recent years, many actors in sports biopics have received nominations and awards for their performances (e.g., Christian Bale and Melissa Leo in The Fighter, Robert De Niro in Raging Bull, Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side). The success of biopics at the box office and the continued interest in inspirational sports figures promise a strong future for this particular movie genre.

If you’re in the mood for a biopic of a sports figure this weekend, browse the HCPL catalog and request a movie today!

Drive on Thru

On dreary days like today, we know you wish you could have all the benefits of the library without leaving the cozy interior of your car. That’s why we have a drive thru, located on the side of the building near the additional library parking spots. At the drive thru, you can return books, pick up holds, and even pay fines – all without ever getting out of your car! But you don’t have to take my word for it. Check out the awesome silent film members of the amazing circulation staff made and see for yourself what the drive thru can do for you!

Blackout Poetry

blackout poetryHey teens and tweens! Celebrate National Poetry Month with blackout poetry. Create awesome poetry with a Sharpie and newspaper article or pages out of a book. (Don’t worry, though. No books will be harmed in the process!) All supplies provided. Bring your friends! We will meet in the first floor Meeting Room on Tuesday, April 16 at 1:00 pm.

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

Flickr CC: Newspaper Blackout Poetry Photo by: Carla Gates

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