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This week we're laying the groundwork for our future building projects . . . or our future appreciation of others' building projects . . . with Information Foundations: Architecture & Building.  This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Arches to Zigzags: An Architecture ABC by Michael J. Crosbie
J  721  CRO

Build Your Own Fort, Igloo, and Other Hangouts by Tammy Enz
J  624.1  ENZ

Built to Last by David Macaulay
J  729  MAC

Look Inside a Pueblo by Jenny Moss
E  978.9  MOS

Monumental Verses by J. Patrick Lewis
J  811  LEW

Record-Breaking Building Feats by Jon Richards & Ed Simkins
J  720.2  RIC

Skyscrapers by Libby Romero

Take Shelter: At Home Around the World by Nikki Tate & Danielle Tate-Stratton
J  392.3  TAT

Who Was Frank Lloyd Wright? by Ellen Labrecque

Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna M. Lewis
JB  920  LEW

Listen up!  Bill Martin, Jr. and Michael Sampson, the picture book team that gave us Chicka Chicka 1 2 3, have a new collaboration.  Listen to Our World!, illustrated by the incomparable Melissa Sweet, celebrates the animals that make their home in our world . . . from the jungle to the mountains to your own backyard . . . and fill it with sound.  Read the book, then keep your eyes and ears open as you explore this wonderful world.  Who knows what you'll hear?!   

It's Groundhog Day!  And Punxsutawney Phil predicts there will be six more weeks of winter.  So there's plenty of time to read this new book!

William's Winter Nap by Linda Ashman
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room for two--I'm sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William tugs the door to see who's there . . . only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to share?

After you read the story with your family or students, take a look at the educator guide for ways to extend the fun and learning.

Why am I blogging about this book?  I love it.  It's as simple as that.  I hope you love it, too!

Twenty Yawns by Jane Smiley, illustrated by Lauren Castillo
As her mom reads a bedtime story, Lucy drifts off. But later, she awakens in a dark, still room, and everything looks mysterious. How will she ever get back to sleep? Pulitzer Prize winner Jane Smiley’s first picture book, illustrated by Caldecott Honor artist Lauren Castillo, evokes the splashy fun of the beach and the quietude of a moonlit night, with twenty yawns sprinkled in for children to discover and count.

"Castillo’s color-saturated illustrations capture every bit of the joy of the family’s busy beach day; the shivery strangeness of being the only one awake in the house; and the love and warmth that permeate all the interactions here. And the twenty yawns (yes, you can count them) are pure genius: whether from expected or unexpected sources, they are incorporated perfectly into the story." -- from The Horn Book

Our huge kick-off event for Summer Reading 2018 is just one week away!  Kids Rock will take place at Hoover Library on Friday, May 18, 2018.  This after-hours event will begin at 7 p.m.  Once again, we're taking over the entire library -- this time with a musical genre-themed party.  It's the perfect beginning to our music-themed Libraries Rock! summer reading program.  You can follow the marquee signs to the different areas, but here's a sneak peek of everything we'll have going on.  That way you can make the most of your night out!

ROCK 'N ROLL downstairs in the Theatre Level
Guests will be granted VIP status by our “security guards” then directed to the show.  You can jam out with a live band featuring rock legends come to larger-than-life in the Library Theatre.  You'll get a chance to decorate and string a guitar . . . and smash a guitar like a real rocker!  There will also be rock 'n roll airbrush tattoos and a chance to chat with Girls Rock Bham.

DISCO in the Fiction Movies
Personalize roller disco skates with local roller derby team Tragic City Rollers.  "Drive" through our funky car wash and groove with Just Dance--Disco Style!

SOCK HOP on the Plaza
Enjoy a delicious root beer float and a burger from our Soda Shop.  Meet Buddy Holly and take your photo in a scene from the 1950’s.  Drag race in the Reading Room and try to ring vintage soda pop bottles.

JAZZ in Teen Department
Get into character and take home a photo from your time in the 1920's Jazz Era!  Jazz up your costume by making a fedora or feather headband.  Make some bubbly and a bubble wand.

Get inspired by 90's country classics as you make torn paper Achy Breaky Hearts and candy-filled Boot Scootin' Boogie necklaces.  Experience the Man in Black's Ring of Fire, I Walk the Line, and Ghost Riders in the Sky in our Johnny Cash maze.  Practice your cattle roping skills, but remember . . . Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys.  Earn your official stage name then take a picture on our Grand Ole Opry stage.  Kriss-Cross will make you Jump, Jump in our bouncehouse.  MC Hammer challenges you to make it through his U Can't Touch This obstacle course.  If you succeed, have your picture taken at the 2 Legit 2 Quit photo op.  Put your neon tag on a brick and add it to our graffiti wall dedicated to classic 90's hip-hop tunes.  And don't forget to take a stroll down the Country Music Hall of Fame and cruise by the Hip-Hop Window Wall of Fame.

1,2, learn something new.  3, 4, learn something more.  5, 6, add to the mix.  7, 8, books that are great.  9, 10, begin again!
These COUNTING books deserve more than one read.  Aim for ten . . . then begin again!  And you can count on a "123" sticker on the book spine to find even more number books when you roam the shelves.
12 Ways to Get to 11 by Eve Merriam
100 Animals on Parade! by Masayuki Sebe
123 Versus ABC by Mike Boldt
1, 2, 3 to the Zoo by Eric Carle
Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett
Each Orange Had 8 Slices: A Counting Book by Paul Giganti
The Deep, Deep Puddle by Mary Jessie Parker
The Doorbell Rang by Pat Hutchins
Five Green and Speckled Frogs by Priscilla Burris
Five Little Ducks by Ivan Bates
How Many Jelly Beans? by Andrea Menotti

Our monthly Saturday storytime gets a holiday twist!  Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for our Spin-a-Santa storytelling event on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  The famous couple will take turns sharing tales of the season then lead everyone in a holly jolly edible Christmas crafting session.  You do not need to RSVP for this event.  Simply follow the stars or listen for Santa's hearty "Ho-Ho-Ho!"

Bathroom Boogie by Clare Foges & Al Murphy (May 15, 2018)

The house is quiet. The adults are at work. The children are at school. But suddenly the bathroom breaks into bizarre, boisterous boogie!  In this surreal rhyming story, the shiny tiles become a dance floor and the light a sparkling disco ball. DJ Shampoo plays some funky rhythms so Toothpaste wriggles, squiggles, twists and squeezes; Mouthwash makes some mega minty moves; Power Shower flicks water everywhere; the Toothbrush family rave in the sink; and the Sponges do the hokey-cokey with the Flannels. It’s watery, bubbly mayhem and a lot of puddle-y, party fun!

Watch the animated book trailer!

2014 was a landmark year.  The American Academy of Pediatrics officially recommended reading aloud to children from birth.  The group is encouraging it's 62,000 members to advocate daily family reading.  Why?

  • an important part of brain development occurs within the first three years of life
  • reading to children enhances vocabulary and other important communication skills
  • reading books together increases the number of words a child hears
  • children who have heard more words demonstrate a distinct advantage in school

For more information, take a look at this AAP News article.

For great books to read aloud to your child, grab a bookmark from the Kid Zone or ask a staff member for a recommendation (or 10).

A Greyhound, A Groundhog by Emily Jenkins, illustrated by Chris Appelhans (2017)
When a greyhound meets a groundhog, wordplay and crazy antics ensue. The two animals, much like kids, work themselves into a frenzy as they whirl around and around one another. The pace picks up, until they ultimately wear themselves out.  This delicious tongue twister of a picture book features a gray and brown watercolor palette.  "Dedicated to picture book icon Ruth Krauss, this elegant pas de deux between two unlikely creatures recalls the sense of uninhibited play that Krauss brought to her own work...their adventure celebrates the sounds of words, the lure of rhythm, and the joy of movement. "

Need I say more?

If you watched and loved our 2017 Christmas musical Is It Christmas, Yeti?, you'll be really excited about the new animated movie that hits theaters this weekend!

There's been a big myth-understanding.
Migo is a friendly Yeti whose world gets turned upside down when he discovers something that he didn't know existed -- a human. He soon faces banishment from his snowy home when the rest of the villagers refuse to believe his fantastic tale. Hoping to prove them wrong, Migo embarks on an epic journey to find the mysterious creature that can put him back in good graces with his simple community.
Starring Channing Tatum, James Corden, Zendaya, Common, LeBron James, Gina Rodriguez, Danny DeVito, Yara Shahidi, Ely Henry, and Jimmy Tatro.

The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers is one of the most perfect picture books I have ever read.  Kids and adults alike find the heartfelt letters from a box of crayons equal parts hilarious and wise.  That's why everyone who has read it is so excited about the sequel -- The Day the Crayons Came Home

"Watch out - the crayons are back and they're crosser than ever! One day Duncan receives a set of postcards from his crayons who have been lost, forgotten, broken - even melted in a clothes dryer and stuck to a pair of underpants!"

In September, the Kid Zone will be hosting a party based on these books!  Stay tuned to the blog for more information!

"Twenty-five years ago, a glittery little fish swam out into the world with a message of friendship and sharing. A quarter century later, children from Australia to Zimbabwe have found a place in their hearts and bookshelves."

There are lots of ways to celebrate Marcus Pfister and his Rainbow Fish!  You can read the books -- all of them are shelved in the picture book room under E  PFI.  You can also find lots of great activities on the official website.  The website also has a fun photo album you can browse and a guestbook you can sign.