What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
The Good Dinosaur
Pixar's sixteenth film hits theaters over Thanksgiving weekend 2015. The Good Dinosaur asks the question: What if the asteroid that forever changed life on Earth missed the planet completely and giant dinosaurs never became extinct? Take an epic journey into the world of dinosaurs where an Apatosaurus named Arlo makes an unlikely human friend. While traveling through a harsh and mysterious landscape, Arlo learns the power of confronting his fears and discovers what he is truly capable of.
If you want to take another epic journey, head to 567.9. That's the Dewey Decimal number where informational dinosaur books roam the shelves.
Ready for a Story Feast?
We won't have our regular storytimes (Tiny Tot Tales and After Lunch Bunch) on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Instead, two talented turkeys named Miss Alyssa and Miss Traci are joining forces for Story Feast at 10:30 a.m. There will be tales of feathered friends, family, and food -- all the best parts of Thanksgiving. There will also be a snack and a take-home craft! No registration required. Just follow the stars. And don't forget to bring your appetite for fun!
Mockingjay Part 2 -- Nothing Can Prepare You for the End
The final movie in The Hunger Games franchise hits theaters this weekend. Want to see Mockingjay Part 2 with teens who have loved the movies AND the books? Sign up for Hoover Public Library's Teen Movie Night Out on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 at 4 p.m. We will pay admission for teens (ages 13-18) to see the movie at Patton Creek Carmike. If you want snacks, you'll need to bring some money. Other members of your family are welcome to join us, but they will have to pay for their own tickets. Space is limited, so you will need to register online or by phone (444-7826).
If you want to re-read the books, you know where to find them -- in the Teen Spot, YA COL and YA COL AB. We also have the ebooks available through Overdrive.
1. The Hunger Games
2. Catching Fire
TJI: Binary Decoders
We focused on the basics at last night's This Just In! meeting -- computer code basics. Take a look at our commercials; see if YOU can be Binary Decoders too!
Austin = Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney
Carlie = Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renée Russell
Carson = Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R. J. Palacio
Emily = Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan
Houston = Last Battle of the Icemark by Stuart Hill
Ivy = Foxcraft: The Taken by Inbali Iserles
J.P. = Thrones & Bones: Frostborn by Lou Anders / The Tournament at Gorlan by John Flanagan
Jessica = Gabby Duran and the Unsittables by Elise Allen & Daryle Conners / Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Old School by Jeff Kinney / Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Perfect Pet Sitter by Rachel Renée Russell
Maryam = The Land of Stories: Beyond the Kingdoms by Chris Colfer
Nathan = Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Neysa = Commercial Breaks : Famous for Thirty Seconds by P. G. Kain
Miss Katie Jane = Secret Coders by Gene Yuen Lang & Mike Holmes (This graphic novel inspired the commercials.)
This Just In! is our new-books book club for grades 4-6. If you want to be part of our next meeting on Monday, December 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m., simply read a book published in the last six months. Then register online or by phone (444-7830).
Guinness World Records Day
Yesterday, November 15, 2015, was Guinness World Records Day. You missed it! But don't worry; you can still celebrate with these books.
- Guinness World Records 2016
J 031 GUI 2016
The world's best-selling annual book is back and bursting with thousands of amazing new records! New topics such as waterfalls, twins, ballooning, apps, manga, archaeology, drones, and pirates.
- Guiness World Records: Gamer's Edition 2016
J 031 GUI 2016
Packed with record-breaking high scores, speed-runs, technical achievements and gaming luminaries, the new gamer’s edition is an essential book for any gaming fan!
- The Fantastic Family Whipple by Matthew Ward
For every child who's ever dreamed of being in the "Guinness Book of World Records" comes the story of eleven-year-old Arthur Whipple and his fantastic family of world record breakers.
- Teddy Mars: Almost a World-Record Breaker by Molly B. Burnham
Ten-year-old Teddy Mars seeks to stand apart from his six siblings, none of whom could be called "normal," by earning a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records.
Storybook Brunch Becomes a Pet Parade
Mr. Jeremy is back for another Storybook Brunch on Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. His theme will be Pet Parade, which means all the stories and songs and action-packed fun will featuring dogs, cats and . . . skunks?!?! And, as always, Storytime Brunch ends with a breakfast snack.
THE BIG QUESTION
What tale will the spinner land on this month when Mr. Jeremy whirls the Spin a Story?
Perfect Pair #16
This month's pair comes with a picture book bonus. That way young people of all ages can learn more about this historic time period.
- A Night Divided by Jennifer A. Nielsen (2015)
J NIE NEW BOOK / J NIE AB (also available as downloadable audiobook on Hoopla)
When the Berlin Wall went up, Gerta, her mother, and her brother Fritz are trapped on the eastern side where they were living, while her father, and her other brother Dominic are in the West--four years later, now twelve, Gerta sees her father on a viewing platform on the western side and realizes he wants her to risk her life trying to tunnel to freedom.
- The Berlin Wall by Christine Zuchora-Walske (2014)
J 943.087 ZUC
Discusses why the Berlin Wall was built, what life was like in a divided city, and why it was torn down, and explores the political context behind the wall.
- Wall by Tom Clohosy Cole (2014)
Follows a small boy and his family as they try to reunite with his father after the Berlin Wall is built.
Jan Brett presents The Turnip
"A badger family and their friends-–Hedgie, Mr. Ram and Vanya, the horse-–struggle to pull up a giant turnip. A cocky rooster steps in and pulls, sending him into the air, holding onto the turnip. No one knows that a mother bear in her underground den has kicked the turnip up through the soil to give the family room to sleep through the winter. Snow covers the farm in rural Russia as badgers and friends in old-fashioned clothes, and bears marching through bright-colored borders, send young readers laughing from page to page."
Find all of Jan Brett's picture books in the Kid Zone under E BRE.