What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Flashback Four: The Lincoln Project
Dan Gutman is starting a new series! It blends fascinating real history with an action-packed and hilarious adventure! At least, that's what the publisher promises. Since it's Dan Gutman doing the writing, I believe them.
Flashback Four: The Lincoln Project
"Congratulations! You are invited to participate in a very special once-in-a-lifetime experience. Please do not share this invitation or discuss it with anyone." four very different kids are picked by a mysterious billionaire to travel through time and photograph some of history's most important events. This time, the four friends are headed to 1863 to catch Abraham Lincoln delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. They'll have to work together to ask the right questions, meet the right people, and capture the right moment. And most important—not get caught!
(This book won't be published until February 23, 2016. I'm blogging about it today because it's Lincoln's birthday. You can go ahead and add your name to the waiting list. Simply click on the blue title.)
There is another new time travel novel featuring Abraham Lincoln!
The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union by Dave Potter (#2 in a series)
Perfect Pair #19
This month's pair is proof that dog really is man's best friend.
- Balto of the Blue Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne (2016)
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The magic tree house has returned, and it's taking Jack and Annie back in time to Alaska 1925. There they meet Balto, a jet-black Siberian husky destined to save victims of the diphtheria epidemic. But the trail isn't easy, and Balto is going to need Jack and Annie's help!
- Alaska's Dog Heroes: True Stories of Remarkable Canines by Shelley Gill (2014)
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These true canine stories from the last frontier describe remarkable acts of intelligence, stamina, loyalty, and heroism by Balto, Togo, Tekla, Stickeen, and more of Alaska's famous dogs. From traversing mountains in winter with deliveries of life-saving medicine to fighting off bears and finding lost children, each beautifully illustrated and exciting story comes from the pages of Alaska's history.
High School Musical Karaoke
It's the tenth anniversary of High School Musical. Can you believe it?! How can you celebrate this epic milestone? Come and sing-a-long with Troy and the gang at High School Musical Karaoke on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Remember these classic songs?
- Start of Something New
- Get'cha Head in the Game
- What I've Been Looking For
- Stick to the Status Quo
- When There Was Me and You
- Bop to the Top
- We're All in This Together
No registration required. Snacks provided. Open to grades 7-12. (Did you notice how I went to super short sentences at the end? That's because I know you're having a hard time focusing now that you have Get'cha Head in the Game stuck in your head. Ok, ok . . . I'm the one having a hard time focusing. That tune is just so catchy!)
I Heart Ladybug Girl!
Become a member of the Bug Squad and help Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee Boy make this the best Valentine's Day ever at I Heart Ladybug Girl on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.! Your Bug Squad Valentine preparation training will include:
- Creating a bug mask and cape
- Making some buggy Valentines to give to your friends
- Tossing Ladybugs
- Following Ladybug Girl on a daring and dangerous journey (Don't forget your imagination, though Ladybug girl has plenty to spare.) **This is an obstacle course with elements from some of the Ladybug Girl books.
- Charging your bug juices on Ladybug Girl's favorite Valentine snacks
After the show, grab some of the picture books that inspired the fun! The author is David Soman, so look under E SOM for Ladybug Girl, Ladybug Girl and Bingo, Ladybug Girl and Bumblee Boy, Ladybug Girl and the Big Snow, Ladybug Girl and the Bug Squad Playdate, Ladybug Girl and the Dress-Up Dilemma, and Ladybug Girl at the Beach. The newest title, Ladybug Girl and the Best Ever Playdate, is available under E SOM NEW BOOK.
Pennypacker Presents Pax
There have been lots of good books about a boy and his dog. This good book is about a boy and his . . . fox.
"Pax and Peter have been inseparable ever since Peter rescued him as a kit. But one day, the unimaginable happens: Peter's dad enlists in the military and makes him return the fox to the wild. At his grandfather's house, three hundred miles away from home, Peter knows he isn't where he should be—with Pax. He strikes out on his own despite the encroaching war, spurred by love, loyalty, and grief, to be reunited with his fox. Meanwhile Pax, steadfastly waiting for his boy, embarks on adventures and discoveries of his own."
Pax is written by Sara Pennypacker and illustrated by Jon Klassen. Their collaboration is "a viscerally affecting story of war, loss, and the power of friendship. The black-and-white drawings by Klassen offer a respite for readers, while adding to the haunting atmosphere. With spare, lyrical prose, Pennypacker manages to infus this tearjerker with a tender hope, showing that peace and love can require just as much sacrifice as war." (from School Library Journal)
Dance Dance Underpants
Ballet Cat is back! And, once again, she's trying to get a friend to dance. Butter Bear is about to make her ballet debut. Ballet Cat wants her to leap. Butter Bear just wants to point her toe. What's holding her back? Silly underpants! Get ready to roll on the floor with laughter when you read Bob Shea's Ballet Cat: Dance! Dance! Underpants!
Don't miss the first funny book in this series!
Ballet Cat: The Totally Secret Secret
Black History Month: New Titles Worthy of Extra Celebration
2015 was a great year for juvenile nonfiction books, and many of those titles are perfect for Black History Month.
- 28 Days: Moments in Black History That Changed the World by Charles R. Smith, Jr.; illustrated by Shane Evans
- Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Miller by Kathleen Benson, illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews
- Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Jamey Christoph
- Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens by Nina Nolan, illustrated by John Holyfield
- Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate
- Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
- Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, illustrated by Bryan Collier (Caldecott Honor 2016, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award 2016)
- Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom: My Story of the 1965 Selma Voting Rights March by Lynda Blackmon Lowery as told to Elspeth Leacock & Susan Buckley (Sibert Informational Book Honor 2016)
- Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes (Caldecott Honor 2016, Sibert Informational Book Honor 2016)
2016 already looks like it will be an equally great year for books about African-American history!
- The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman, illustrated by E. B. Lewis
- Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
- Two Friends: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass by Dean Robbins, illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko
- Who Was Maya Angelou? by Ellen Labrecque
No Jacket Required – “Presidential Biographies,” January 2016
HPL’s genre group discussed Presidential Biographies in January.
The titles and websites presented are listed below.
- Woodrow Wilson by H.W. Brands
- Lyndon B. Johnson by Charles Peters
- No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Doris Kearns Goodwin
- The Roosevelts: An Intimate History DVD by Ken Burns
- Dead Wake by Erik Larson
- Thomas Jefferson Landscape Architect by Frederick Doveton Nichols and Ralph E. Griswold
- The Unfinished Presidency by Douglas Brinkley
- A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety by Jimmy Carter
- Mornings on Horseback by David McCullough
- Young Mr. Obama by Ted McClelland
- The American Journey of Barack Obama by Life Books
- "The Fix’s List of Best Presidential Biographies" from The Washington Post
- Essential Books I, II, and III on the right side of the page from Dead Presidents blog
Please join us on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 for a discussion of Poetry. The group will be held in the Theatre Level Meeting Room C at 10:30 a.m. Call Nonfiction at 444-7840 for more information.