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World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden is the annual focal point for the globe's water issues. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.  In 2015, over 3,300 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.  What will happen at this year's Week, August 28-September 2, 2016?

You may not be able to travel to Stockholm, but that doesn't mean you can't educate yourself about our world's water.  Take a look at one of these books to become water-wise.

  • Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home by Michelle Mulder (2014)
    J  333.91  MUL
    In the developed world, if you want a drink of water you just turn on a tap or open a bottle. But for millions of families worldwide, finding clean water is a daily challenge, and kids are often the ones responsible for carrying water to their homes. Every Last Drop looks at why the world’s water resources are at risk and how communities around the world are finding innovative ways to quench their thirst and water their crops. Maybe you’re not ready to drink fog, as they do in Chile, or use water made from treated sewage, but you can get a low-flush toilet, plant a tree, protect a wetland or just take shorter showers. Every last drop counts!
  • Everybody Needs Water by Ellen Lawrence (2015)
    E  553.7  LAW
    When we turn on a tap, we expect to see clean, safe water pour out. This is not how everyone around the world gets their water, of course. Some children must walk miles each day to collect water for their families, while others bathe and help do their family's laundry in a river. In Everybody Needs Water, young readers will find out how families around the world obtain and use this precious resource.
  • You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Clean Water by Roger Canavan (2015)
    J  363.739  CAN
    How would you cope in a world without water? Clean water is far, far more important than you might think! This title in the fantastic new You Wouldnt Want to Live Without series is bursting with surprising facts about this essential life source. As you learn about everything from how water keeps us healthy to the astounding ways in which it is used across the word, youll soon see why you really, really wouldnt want to live without it! Featuring comprehensive diagrams, a timteline, hilarious cartoon-style illustrations, and "You Can Do It!" panels on how to conduct your own water experiments.

August 26, 2016 is National Dog Day.  I don't need to remind you that the Hoover Public Library has lots of great books about dogs.  But I do need to highlight two recent releases highly recommended by your friendly neighborhood librarians.

Recommended by Mr Justin:
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz (2016)
J  636.7  HOR
Do you want to know what dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you finally can. The answers will surprise and delight young readers as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

Recommended by Miss Katie Jane:
No Better Friend: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II by Robert Weintraub (2016)
J  940.54  WEI
This is the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.