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BubbleManiacs

You've been waiting all year for it -- the return of BubbleMania!  Yes, the bubbles are back!  Remember, bubbles don't like air conditioning, so wear your coolest clothes.  If you've never seen the show before, you are in for a treat.  Reminder, take special note of the seating guidelines.  This is one of our most popular shows, and they fill up quickly.

Casey Carle presents BubbleMania!
Tuesday, July 7, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 9, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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Guardians Movie Night

GROOT: I am Groot.
STAR-LORD: Well, that's just as fascinating as the first 89 times you told me that.  What does it mean?
KATIE JANE: Let me translate.

Bring your pillow and watch a group of interstellar outlaws team up to save the planet.  Guardians of the Galaxy stars Chris Pratt as Star-Lord, Zoë Saldana as Gamora, Bradley Cooper as Rocket Raccoon, and Vin Diesel as Groot.  The film is rated PG-13 and runs for 2 hours and 2 minutes.  The Teen Spot's Guardians Movie Night will begin at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 7, 2015. Admission is free.  So are the snacks.

KATIE JANE: Did I get that right, Groot?
STAR-LORD: I'm pretty sure the answer is "I am Groot."
GROOT: I am Groot.
STAR-LORD: Told ya.

 

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Friendship Bracelets!

Make Friendship Bracelets to give to (or trade with) your friends!  The library will provide the supplies (and the snacks and the jams) on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Create your own designs or learn how to make new styles with helpful tutorials.  Register online or by phone (444-7826).  

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We are having a live-action Pokémon Adventure on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  Trainers in grades 4-6 will collect, train, and battle their favorite Pokémon creatures to become a Master. Bust rocks with Graveler.  Shoot fireballs with Charizard.  Customize your own Pokéball.  Collect badges for each challenge completed and use them in another craft.  Chow down on snacks inspired by the characters.  Registration is required.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

It's easy to focus on the swords and the armor, but there's more to these warriors than their accessories.  Explore the history and the legends in these True Tales of Knights.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. Castle by Richard Platt
  2. Castles by Stephanie Turnbull
  3. Days of Knights and Damsels: An Activity Guide by Laurie Carlson
  4. It’s Fun to Draw: Knights and Castles by Mark Bergin
  5. King Arthur: Excalibur Unsheathed by Jeff Limke
  6. King Arthur’s Tale by Anita Ganeri
  7. Knight: A Noble Guide for Young Squires by Sir Geoffrey de Lance
  8. Knight Life by Jim Gigliotti
  9. Knights by Sally Lee
  10. Knights by Michael Martin
  11. Knights & Armor by Daisy Kerr
  12. Knights & Castles by Philip Dixon
  13. Knights & Castles: 50 Hands-On Activities to Experience the Middle Ages by Avery Hart
  14. Knights and Castles by Seymour Simon
  15. Knights and Castles by Will Osborne & Mary Pope Osborne (Magic Tree House)
  16. Knights and Heroes by John Hamilton
  17. Knights in Shining Armor by Gail Gibbons
  18. Knights: Warriors of the Middle Ages by Aileen Weintraub
  19. The Life and Times of King Arthur: The Evolution of a Legend by Susan Sales Harkins & William H. Harkins

Madcap Puppets presents Aladdin and Friends

Madcap Puppets is always a hit on the Library Theatre stage.  They use GIANT puppets to put BIG laughs into learning.  This year's presentation is no exception.  Harry and Max have a spectacular show to present, if only they can keep their little assistant, Tweedle, from getting into too much trouble. Aunt Susie's coat closet has become the stage for their marvelous show, but it barely contains their giant puppets and enchanting stories from around the world. The tales include: Aladdin and the Magic Lamp (Middle-Eastern folktale) and The Girl and the North Wind (Norwegian folktale). 

Madcap Puppets presents Aladdin and Friends
Tuesday, June 30, 2015
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 2, 2015
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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Bound for San Francisco

I am headed to San Francisco for the American Library Association's Annual Conference.  I am so excited because I've never been to a national professional convention before . . . and this will be my first trip to San Francisco!  In the past, I've only visited that city through books like these.

The Adventures of Hotsy Totsy by Clive Cussler
Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
A Brighter Tomorrow: My Journey with Julie by Megan McDonald (American Girl)
Escape to California by Josh Greenhut (Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures)
The Golden Gate Bridge by Jeffrey Zuehlke
A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck
The Mystery in San Francisco by Gertrude Chandler Warner (Boxcar Children)
Nate the Great, San Francisco Detective by Marjorie Weinman Sharmat
The New Year Dragon Dilemma by Ron Roy (A to Z Mysteries Super Edition)
The San Francisco Splash by David A. Kelly (Ballpark Mysteries)

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Be a Big Hero with Baymax

BAYMAX: Hello, I am Baymax, your personal healthcare companion.  I heard a sound of distress.  What seems to be the trouble?  You're neurotransmitter levels indicate that you are upset that you missed the Big Hero 6 portion of HERO-CON.  It is okay to cry.  Crying is a natural response to pain.  But Hiro has good news for you.

HIRO: That's right.  The Hoover Library is hosting another Big Hero 6 event for grades 1-3!  You can Be a Big Hero on Thursday, July 9, 2015 at 4:00 & 6:30 p.m.  There will be a marshmallow Baymax craft, bot fighting, and an obstacle course.  There will be Baymax bowling, another craft, and snacks.  And there will be photo ops with Baymax, Gogo, and me.  Register online by clicking on the blue time slot.  You can also register by phone at 444-7830.

BAYMAX: On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate the fun of this event?

HIRO: Ten!  Fist bump me, Baymax!

BAYMAX: Ba la lalala.

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Hero Headlines #6

It's a president!  It's a goalie!  It's True Tales of Super Men!  These guys are definitely worthy of the name hero.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.  Click here to watch hilarious booktalks featuring Miss Katie Jane and Mr Jeremy.)

  1. Akira to Zoltán: Twenty-Six Men Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee
  2. Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
  3. Black Frontiers: A History of African-American Heroes in the Old West by Lillian Schlissel
  4. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer (Young Readers Edition)
  5. Boys Who Rocked the World: Heroes from King Tut to Bruce Lee by Michelle Roehm McCann
  6. Candy Bomber: The Story of the Berlin Airlift’s “Chocolate Pilot” by Michael O. Tunnell
  7. Cesar Chavez: Fighting for Farmworkers by Eric Braun
  8. Escape!: The Story of the Great Houdini by Sid Fleischman
  9. Gandhi: A March to the Sea by Alice B. McGinty
  10. George Washington's Rules to Live By: A Good Manners Guide from the Father of Our Country by K. M. Kostyal
  11. Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  12. Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell 
  13. His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg by Louise Borden
  14. John Brown: His Fight for Freedom by John Hendrix
  15. The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard by Tim Howard with Ali Benjamin (Young Readers Edition)
  16. Lincoln Tells a Joke: How Laughter Saved the President (and the Country) by Kathleen Krull & Paul Brewer
  17. March On!: The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris
  18. Mr. Ferris and His Wheel by Kathryn Gibbs Davis
  19. Nelson Mandela by Kadir Nelson
  20. Philip Reid Saves the Statue of Freedom by Steven Sellers Lapham & Eugene Walton
  21. Reaching for the Moon by Buzz Aldrin
  22. The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus by Jen Bryant
  23. Rutherford B., Who Was He?: Poems About Our Presidents by Marilyn Singer
  24. Sequoyah: The Cherokee Man Who Gave His People Writing by James Rumford
  25. The Streak: How Joe DiMaggio Became America’s Hero by Barb Rosenstock
  26. To Dare Mighty Things: The Life of Theodore Roosevelt by Doreen Rappaport
  27. Twenty-two Cents: Muhammad Yunus and the Village Bank by Paul Yoo
  28. With Books and Bricks: How Booker T. Washington Built a School by Suzanne Slade
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Made with Dad

Looking for some ways to have fun with your kids this Father's Day?  Get some great ideas from Chris Barnardo, creator of dadcando.com.  His new book, Made with Dad, features 55 craft projects for dads to create with their children.  Wizards' wands, Japanese dolls, helicopters, micro books, ray guns, Möbius strips -- this book has it all!  We own two copies in the Kid Zone.  Get your hands on one today!

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