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One Proud Penny

April 22-29, 2017 is Money Smart Week.  The American Library Association partners with the Federal Reserve Bank to provide programming and resources that help members of our community better manage their finances.  And it is never too young to start!  There's a great new book to help you begin a money conversation with the young people in your life.  Take a look!

One Proud Penny by Randy Siegel, illustrated by Serge Bloch (2017)
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A penny’s rough-and-tumble escapades lead to unexpected ends in Siegel and Bloch’s engaging picture book.  The protagonist penny’s journey begins in Philadelphia, where the United States Mint manufactures most U.S. pennies. “Born” in 1983, Siegel’s diminutive protagonist visits different parts of the U.S. spanning Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, “plus Alaska, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico,” and including a garage floor in Green Bay and a stamp machine in Ohio. Most of the time people just plain overlook this plucky one-cent coin. “I hated being alone and forgotten.” After the penny ends up in a jar with other unfortunate coins, it reminisces about the past, when things weren’t so expensive. Though Siegel’s text often dwells on the neglect and (comically overwrought) abuse inflicted on the penny-protagonist, the author does also appeal to the coin’s historical roots, sprinkling in moments of levity and informative goodness. (One marvelous spread even outlines the different metals used to create pennies throughout the years.) Luckily, Bloch’s off-kilter, at times almost grotesque, pen-and-Photoshop illustrations provide some much-needed chuckles, featuring various people and animals with contorted faces and wacky scenarios. Still, it’s all about the wonders of the penny, and Siegel’s protagonist proves an excellent ambassador. “Some folks think pennies are worthless, but I know we are worth a lot.” Here’s a book sure to convince some readers.  Worth every penny.

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When the World Is Dreaming

April 23-29, 2017 is National Sleep Awareness Week.  The National Sleep Foundation uses this week to remind Americans how sleep affects their daily lives and reinforces the many benefits associated with making healthy sleep habits a priority.  You can follow their campaign on Facebook and Twitter.  You can find many books at Hoover Public Library to help you learn more about sleep and its importance, both for you and for your kids.  Right now, I'd like to highlight a newer picture book that would be a good way to start the discussion with your child.

When the World Is Dreaming by Rita Gray, illustrated by Kenard Pak (2016)
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Take a peek into the moonlit world of deer, rabbits, and other woodland creatures as they ready for a good night. The author Rita Gray poetically recounts their ordinary real-life resting places while revealing their anything-but-ordinary dreams.

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This is the Earth

Saturday, April 22, 2017 is Earth Day.  This year's focus is all about environmental and climate literacy.  So use these brand-new books to fill your brain with knowledge about our amazing planet!

 And stay tuned for even more great book recommendations in our upcoming Information Foundations, the annual blog series featuring our nonfiction summer reading list.  Week 4 focuses on Earth, Our Home

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Watch the latest episode of Once Upon a Time with fellow fans!  We'll meet in the Shakespeare Room downstairs at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 24, 2017.  There will also be a cool craft and fun snacks inspired by the series.  You don't have to register for this event, but you do have to be at least 14 years old to attend.

Make sure you stop by the Teen Spot afterwards to grab a book inspired by fairytales.  You can access a list of some of our favorites by clicking here.  You can also stop by the desk and ask for a recommendation.

The Magnolia Story is an endearing walk through Chip and Joanna’s journey to their Fixer Upper television show fame. Narrated by Joanna, and Chip too with his usual style of popping in and out, this book takes you to the start of their relationship, the first houses they flipped, and the beginnings of a new family. Though this book isn’t a behind-the-scenes of Fixer Upper, it tells everything that came before the show and gives you an interesting peek into their past. Joanna doesn’t leave out the hard times in their business or their relationships, as, with each challenge they conquer, a new one always seems to leap up. But through it all they share their philosophy for life and how they choose to thrive rather than survive.

A Post About Compost

It’s that time of year when a lot of people start to plan their spring gardening projects. This season, consider starting a compost pile in your home or yard! Compost is made of recyclable materials that you might encounter every day, such as coffee grounds and filters, vegetable and fruit scraps, shreds of paper, dry leaves, and more. Over time, these materials breakdown and combined with some soil can become a valuable mixture for your garden. In addition to helping your green thumb, composting is environmentally sound and helps to reduce waste in landfills. Getting started with extreme recycling or composting would be a great weekend project to engage the whole family, but also is easy enough for one gardener to tackle alone. The Hoover Library has books available on how to get your compost bins up and running! Been composting for a while? We also have books for more experience composters, looking to take their recycling to the next level. Visit us, or call the Nonfiction department at your Hoover Library and ask us about our gardening collection and composting information.

 

Practical Perma-Culture by Jessi Bloom and Dave Boehnlein              

Organic Gardening for Dummies by Ann Whitman        

Vermiculture by Donald Connely

Compost by Kenneth Thompson

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Insatiable Readers – April Fools! It’s Always Good to Laugh, April 2017

The library’s Readers’s Group discussed Humor books on Saturday, April 15.  The titles presented are listed below:

Best.State.Ever. by Dave Barry

Henri, le Chat Noir by William Braden

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett

Egghead by Bo Burnham

Superficial by Andy Cohen

I Was Told There’d Be Cake by Sloane Crosley

The Liberal Redneck Manifesto by Trae Crowder

Across the Pond by Terry Eagleton

Dad is Fat by Jim Gaffigan

Little Victories by Jason Gay

Howl from the Editors of Bark

People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Yes, My Accent is Real by Kunal Nayyar

Born A Crime by Trevor Noah

Texts from Jane Eyre by Mallory Ortberg

The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae

The Only Pirate at the Party by Lindsey Stirling

Assassination Vacation by Sarah Vowell

The Noble Hustle by Colson Whitehead

Cake Wrecks by Jen Yates

Feed your need for great nonfiction titles and bookish conversations!  Join us in the Plaza Reading Room on Saturday, May 27 for a “Nonfiction Summer Reading Preview.”  There will be free coffee and lots of reading fun!

-Pam

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We Love Opposites . . . and Dogs!

That's why we love Cynthia Rylant's new picture book -- We Love You, Rosie!   Rosie is a very busy little dog.  Sometimes she’s good, and sometimes she’s bad. Sometimes she wants to go out, and other times she wants to stay in.  But no matter what, Rosie’s family loves her!  And YOU'll love the adorable illustrations by Linda Davick.  After you read the book, take a look at these activity sheets for more fun with Rosie and her family.

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Tentacles!

I have thoroughly enjoyed doing Story Lab this year, and I'm very excited about Monday's theme -- Tentacles!  One story about a squid will inspire 8 hands-on activities about octopuses, squids, and jellyfish.  Story Lab is designed for children ages 3 to 8 years old.  It will be Monday, April 17, 2017 at 4 p.m.  Mr. Justin has also discovered the awesomeness of a tentacles-themed storytime.  Kids of all ages can join him in PJ Storytime on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. for even more stories about your favorite tentacled creatures.  And, if you can't make it to either event, you can always check out one of these great new books.

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Perfect Pair #33

You'll go ape over this month's pair!

  • Priscilla Gorilla by Barbara Bottner (2017)
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    The day Priscilla gets a book about gorillas, she instantly becomes obsessed. She dances like them, eats like them, and wears her gorilla costume 24–7! There are so many things to love about gorillas, but what Priscilla loves best is how they seem to always get their way.
    So when Mr. Todd tells all his students to dress up like their favorite animal, Priscilla’s choice is obvious. But dancing around and beating her chest when it’s not her turn sends Priscilla straight to the Thinking Corner. She is of course outraged—nobody tells a gorilla what to do!—and as her attitude spreads, soon the thinking corner is full of her classmates. Is Priscilla really channeling her inner gorilla, or is she just a troublemaker in ape’s clothing?
  • Amazing Gorillas! by Sarah L. Thomson (2006)
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    Using simple sentences, Thomson explains the basic facts of gorilla life, including their behavior, diet, and habitat. The author devotes a lot of space to the similarities shared by these animals and humans, highlighting how gorillas are part of a family, play with their children, and communicate. The last section describes how scientists study these primates and emphasizes the destruction of their habitat and the need to protect them from harm.
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