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Thankful for Thanksgiving Programs

Hoover City Schools (and other local school districts) are off for the entire week of Thanksgiving. If you're looking for something to do, look no further than Hoover Library. We have three thematic programs that week, and you don't even have to register to be part of the fun!

  • Story Lab: Who's Hungry?
    Monday, November 20, 2017 at 4 p.m.

    This is Miss Katie Jane's weekly S.T.E.A.M.-powered storytime for ages 3-8.  One story prompts lots of hands-on activities.  This week's stations will include sink and float popcorn, pizza fractions, food chain cup pyramids, fork pom-poms, and other food-related fun. 
     
  • Craft Cornucopia
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

    Get into the holiday spirit with Thanksgiving crafts for all ages.  Join Miss Kaylen and Miss Lindsay for leaf rubbings, paper plate Pilgrims, lunch sack turkey puppets, and turkey snack bags.
     
  • Story Feast
    Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.

    Join Miss Anna Beth for stories that celebrate family, food, and togetherness. This program is for all ages and will include a snack.  Grab a take-home craft on your way out.

DON'T FORGET!
The Hoover Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, November 22.  We will also be closed Thursday, November 23 - Friday, November 24.

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National Book Award 2017 -- Young People's Literature

And the winner is . . . Far from the Tree by Robin Benway.

FINALISTS
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground by Rita Williams-Garcia
Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez
What Girls Are Made Of by Elana K. Arnold

LONGLIST
All the Wind in the World by Samantha Mabry
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
Orphan Island by Laurel Snyder
You Bring the Distant Near by Mitali Perkins
 

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Filled with WONDER

When Wonder came out in 2012, I loved it.  And I was not alone.  Wonder by R. J. Palacio took the kidlit world by storm.  And it wasn't because it was being heavily pushed by the publishing industry.  No, it was being promoted by the people, young and old(er), who read it and felt compelled to pass the magic of Auggie onto other readers.  I found out about it from a middle school teacher who frequented the library.  And as soon as I finished it, I started recommending it to just about anyone who asked for a good book.

And now Wonder is a feature film.  It hits theaters this weekend.  Yes, I'm going to see it.  And, if it's movie magic . . . well, I bet you can guess what I'll do.

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At the October meeting of Raging Readers (our teen book club), the group discussed Scythe by Neal Shusterman.  Everybody loved it . . . and had A LOT to say.  Then they chose a completely different kind of novel to discuss at the November meeting.  I've read Posted.  It's awesome.  You'll want to read it.  And then you'll want to exchange words about it.  So click on the title to place your hold.  Read it, then show up at the library on Monday, November 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.

Posted by John David Anderson"There was a war.  This is where it ended.I can't tell you exactly when it changed, when it spiraled out of control like a kite twisting in the wind. When it stopped being something funny and clever and became something else. Maybe there was no single moment. Maybe underneath all the squares plastered on the walls and notebooks and windows there was the same message over and over. We just ignored it because it was easier to stomach that way.
I know what you are going to say: sticks, and stones, and broken bones. But words can kick you in the gut. They wriggle underneath your skin and start to itch. They set their hooks into you and pull. Words accumulate like a cancer, and then they eat away at you until there is nothing left. And once they are let loose there really is no taking them back."

EXTRA INFO
The author's website has lots of great extras about the book.  Take a look.

November is Picture Book Month!  You didn't know?  Don't worry.  It's a relatively new commemoration, first declared in 2011.  The official website is filled with all sorts of authors and illustrators opinions on why picture books are important for every age.  Each opinion is a daily blog post that also encourages a literacy activity for the day.  There's an offical teacher's guide to help educators incorporate Picture Book Month into their lesson plans.  There's also videos you can use in the classroom, including this one.  But, if you need picture books, you don't need to look at the website.  You need to look on the shelves at Hoover Library!  Our dedicated staff can help you find the perfect titles for you, your family, or your classroom.

Murder on the Orient Express

I grew up in a house filled with books.  Both of my parents were avid readers.  My dad favored Louis L'Amour.  My mom was Agatha Christie all the way.  So it's no surprise I, too, became a reader.  And a librarian!  What is surprising is that I have never read a Louis L'Amour book.  And, until recently, I had never read Agatha Christie.  But the new cinematic interpretation of Murder on the Orient Express came out this weekend, and I really want to see it.  So I simply had to read the book first.  One should ALWAYS read the book before watching the movie.  I enjoyed the story . . . and the interesting and mustachioed Hercule Poirot.  I'm not sure if I'm a fan of Kenneth Branagh's version of Poirot's mustache, though.  That thing is seriously ridiculous.  I hope I'll be able to focus on his words in the movie, that his formidable facial hair won't distract me from what's important.

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Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands

Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands by Susan Goldman Rubin (November 7, 2017)
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., is one of the most famous pieces of civic architecture in the world. But most people are not as familiar with the reserved college student who entered and won the design competition to build it. This accessible biography tells the story of Maya Lin, from her struggle to stick with her vision of the memorial to the wide variety of works she has created since then. The carefully researched text, paired with ample photos, crosses multiple interests—American history, civic activism, art history, and cultural diversity—and offers a timely celebration of the memorial's 35th anniversary as well as providing an important contribution to the current discussion of the role of women and minorities in society.

There is also a new picture book biography about Lin, if you'd like to introduce her to a younger reader.
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey (2017)

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Stories of Immigration

Sometimes, I get a bit behind on reading my personal email. Recently, I got VERY behind. A month-and-a-half behind. So one day I sat down to do some epic email reading and deleting. And that's how I came across this list. I would have made it available to you sooner . . . if only I had my act together.

REFORMA and ALSC's 2018 Pura Belpré Committee has compiled a list of past Belpré medal and honor books that address the Latino/a immigration experience and provide young readers with insight in the very real struggles and choices faced by familes every day.  This list is presented in solidarity with Dreamers, immigrants, and undocumented people everywhere.

The printable list is available by clicking here.  All titles are available at Hoover Public Library and other Jefferson County libraries.

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Fairytale Math

Our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead is on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at 4 p.m., and it's geared for a slightly younger elementary audience, ages 5-8Fairytale Math will explore the math concepts hidden in three of your favorite fairytales -- The Tortoise and the Hare, Rapunzel, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears.  Each fairytale will have a story-based activity and a hands-on activity.  We don't want to spoil the stories, so I'm not going to give you details about that.  But here's a sneak peek at the hands-on options:

  • Rapunzel's Braid (measurement)
  • Tortoise and Hare Race (dice)
  • Paws Full of Treats (estimation)

You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).  Remember, this event takes place the Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

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Wimpy Kid Getaway

Your favorite wimpy kid is back for his 12th adventure!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Getaway by Jeff Kinney (November 7, 2017)
To escape the stress of the holidays, the Heffleys decide to get out of town and go to a resort instead of celebrating Christmas at home. But what's billed as a stress-free vacation becomes a holiday nightmare.

Click on the title to place your hold today!  Then click here to read an excerpt while you wait.

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