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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has recently added racism to the list of critical child health issues that require immediate attention and action.  Having worked with children in public libraries for almost 20 years, I could not agree more.  With the increased access to technology, especially smartphones and social media, today's youth have even more ways to be exposed to racism.  It's easy to be a target for racist attacks . . . and it's easy to target others.  That's why it is so important to talk about race and racism with your children!  It won't be easy.   But it will be worth it.  Here are some resources you can access to help you prepare for this discussion.

Today, November 13, 2019 is World Kindness Day.  I'm sure you already know the number one most important way to celebrate, right?  PRACTICE KINDNESS!  But, in case you need a little help, the second most important way is available right here at Hoover Public Library.  Read one of these books!

Inspired by Hispanic folklore, legends, and myths from the Iberian Peninsula and Central and South America, this bold sequel to Charlie Hernández & the League of Shadows, which Booklist called “a perfect pick for kids who love Rick Riordan” in a starred review, follows Charlie as he continues on his quest to embrace his morphling identity.

Charlie Hernández & the Castle of Bones by Ryan Calejo (11/12/19)
Charlie Hernandez still likes to think of himself as a normal kid. But what’s normal about being a demon-slaying preteen with an encyclopedic knowledge of Hispanic and Latino mythology who can partially manifest nearly any animal trait found in nature? Well, not much. But, Charlie believes he can get used to this new “normal,” because being able to sprout wings or morph fins is pretty cool.  But there is a downside: it means having to constantly watch his back for La Mano Peluda’s sinister schemes. And when the leader of La Liga, the Witch Queen Jo herself, is suddenly kidnapped, Charlie’s sure they’re at it again.