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Looking for some ways to have fun with your kids this Father's Day?  Get some great ideas from Chris Barnardo, creator of dadcando.com.  His new book, Made with Dad, features 55 craft projects for dads to create with their children.  Wizards' wands, Japanese dolls, helicopters, micro books, ray guns, Möbius strips -- this book has it all!  We own two copies in the Kid Zone.  Get your hands on one today!

Joe Sacco is a Maltese-American comic artist and journalist that forged a name for himself by combining his love of drawing comics with his journalism education. While traveling in the late 1980s and early 1990s, he eventually wound up in the Middle East and did a series of comics called Palestine. After his travels in the Middle East, he visited Eastern Europe (specifically Sarajevo and Goražde in Bosnia) and chronicled his experiences there during the Bosnian War in books such as Safe Area Goražde.

Sacco’s works combine his journalism training with cartooning and his razor sharp wit. His works have earned him widespread recognition and accolades including the American Book Award, the Eisner Award and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

The library’s new Readers’ Group discussed the Best Nonfiction Books of 2016 on Saturday, January 21.  The titles presented are listed below:

The Courage to Be Creative is a joyful self-help book for all creative people, whether you are a writer, artist, or anyone else with a creative soul. In this book, Doreen Virtue guides you through the process to find the courage to be creative while exploring many aspects such as finding clarity, staying focused and much more, while allowing you to find understanding and acceptance in yourself and your creative energies. In the second part of this book, Doreen introduces the courage to be able to make a living with your creative work and how to overcome problems a creative individual might face such as family. She also discusses how to step forth into the creative industries.

We kicked off our Kid Lit Coffee Break program this summer.  Now it's time for the fall edition!  Kid Lit Coffee Break is for adults who love children's books . . . reading them and talking about them.  Miss Katie Jane, reader extraordinaire (that's me!), will share some of her favorite recent reads.  This usually leads to lots of discussions about the greater kid lit world and also the titles our attendees have been reading.  There will be free coffee and desserts from the library's East 59 Cafe.  And door prizes!  So join us this Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 3 p.m. in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hallway in the Kid Zone.

This week, there are two major news items tied to Louisa May Alcott's classic novel!

1. For 150 years, Little Women has inspired women of all ages. It’s a timeless classic, passed down from generation to generation. Originally published on Sept. 30, 1868, Little Women continues to encourage, challenge and push readers to new heights. And there is now the 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition featuring the art of Shreya Gupta.

2. Little Women is getting a modern update in a new movie starring Lea Thompson and Lucas Grabeel.  From girls playing in the attic to women living with purpose, the March sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy—are committed to always supporting each other. Yet, growing up sometimes means growing apart.  An aspiring writer, Jo leaves for New York determined to publish a novel. In the wake of rejected draft upon draft, her editor challenges Jo to write about something more interesting—her family.  When tragedy brings the sisters back home, sticking together takes on new meaning. As Jo comforts her sick sister, Beth asks for one thing: a story.  Jo knows the perfect one … by heart.

BONUS!
Read The New York Times article 'Little Women' Marches On: Fans Celebrate the Novels 150th Anniversary.

The king of the cameo is also making an appearance in this year's National Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign.  Stan Lee is co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, and the Fantastic Four.  He's spending September encouraging students to get the most important school supply of all -- a library card.  For more information on how to acquired a card here at Hoover Public Library, visit our Library Memberships page on our website.  You can also stop by the Circulation Desk or call 444-7800.

If you already have a library card, let me remind you about another September promotional.  Food for Fines gives you the opportunity to waive overdue fines.  All you have to do is bring in canned goods and/or pantry staples.  Each item is worth $1 in waived fines.  Though we will only waive up to $10, you can bring as many cans as you want.  The items will be donated to a local charity.  For more specific information, click on the bold and the blue.

Sometimes it is nice to know that even the greatest minds in history have failed at love. In his new book, Great Philosophers Who Failed at Love, Andrew Shaffer reintroduces us to great historical figures, but with a new twist. For example, did you know that French philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre adopted his mistress as his daughter? Or that Henry Ward Beecher, one of the most famous ministers in America, was sued for having “criminal conversations” with another man’s wife? Shaffer’s book is brimming with juicy tidbits about scandals, murder, unrequited love, and maybe even a little mayhem. This light read will make you laugh and make you rethink everything you have ever been taught about some of the great figures in history.

-JW

A Singular Woman, the biography of President Obama's mother reads like a travel book. This book takes the reader from Ann Dunham's early childhood in Kansas, teen years on Mercer Island in Washington state, college at the University of Hawaii and anthropological field work in Indonesia. This is a fascinating look at the woman who President Obama says "was the single constant in my life."

-JR

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