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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Attention college football fans!  On the official first day of the season, neither Alabama or Auburn have a game.  Yes, I know YOU already know that.  But I didn't.  So I included that information for other clueless people like me who might be reading this blog.  Because everyone is going to want to know about what Hoover Public Library is planning on that day.  Catch a couple of classic sports movies, eat hot dogs, and make a fun football craft at Kickoff Classics on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  We'll be showing Air Bud: Golden Receiver (G) at 10:30 a.m. and Little Giants (PG) at 2 p.m. in the Library Theatre.  In between, we'll be serving hot dogs and making team spirit football pennants in the meeting rooms across the hall.  We will have team colors for all the SEC schools as well as Spain Park and Hoover High School.  You don't need a ticket to be part of this sporting event.  Simply use the stairs or elevator in the lobby to go down to the first floor.  The Library Theatre will be down the hall on the right.

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The Birds Are Still Angry

The flightless birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes. 

The new movie hits the big screen this weekend.  Want to refresh your memory about the first Angry Birds movie?  Check it out from the Kid Zone.  Look for J ANG DVD and J ANG BLURAY.

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For Whom the Ball Rolls

How many times this summer did a kid ask me where the Dog Man books were?  I would estimate . . . a bajillion.  So I know there will be a lot of happy readers out there because the seventh book in the series came out this week.  It's enough to make you howl.  Both literally and with laughter.

Dog Man: For Whom the Ball Rolls by Dav Pilkey (August 13, 2019)
The Supa Buddies have been working hard to help Dog Man overcome his bad habits. But when his obsessions turn to fears, Dog Man finds himself the target of an all-new supervillain! Meanwhile, Petey the Cat has been released from jail and starts a new life with Li'l Petey. But when Petey's own father arrives, Petey must face his past to understand the difference between being good and doing good.

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Do you know the song Big Girls Don't Cry by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons?  It is so catchy.  And so high.  And so WRONG.  Of course girls cry sometimes.  Big girls, small girls, all girls.  And what about boys?  Do they cry?  You better believe it.

Big Boys Cry by Jonty Howley
E  HOW  NEW BOOK
It's Levi's first day at a new school, and he's scared. His father tries to comfort Levi by telling him "Big boys don't cry." Though the father immediately understands his misstep, he can't find the words to comfort his son, and Levi leaves for school, still in need of reassurance.  Fortunately, along his walk to school, Levi sees instance after instance of grown men openly expressing their sadness and fear. His learned mantra, "Big boys don't cry," slowly weakens, and by the time he's at school he releases a tear. Once he's there, things aren't so bad after all, and on his walk home he sees everyone he's encountered earlier, feeling better now that they expressed their emotions. Upon his arrival home, he finds his father waiting for him on their porch, tears in his eyes. His father is able to admit that he was scared and the two embrace, closer than before.

Jonty Howley's gorgeous debut paints the world we wish existed for our boys, and offers a path there! This story is the truest interpretation of the notion that we should "let boys be boys": let them express the full range of their emotions, vulnerable parts and all!

The first Sunday in August is your chance to show your appreciation for that unique bond only sisters can understand.  August 4, 2019 is National Sisters Day!  My sister Laurie, AKA the Goose, will definitely be getting a call from me when I get off work today.  She's a librarian and a former tennis player, so I know she'll appreciate the book I'm highlighting for this holiday's blog.

Sisters: Venus and Serena Williams by Jeanette Winter (04/02/19)
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Before they were famous tennis stars, Venus and Serena Williams were sisters with big dreams growing up in Compton, California. In the early mornings, they head to the tennis courts, clean up debris, and practice. They compete in their first tournament and they both win. From there, the girls’ trophy collection grows and grows. Despite adversity and health challenges, the sisters become two of the greatest tennis players of all time. This inspiring story of sisterhood, hard work, and determination is perfect for budding athletes or any young reader with a big dream.

It's Arrr-gust!

Ahoy, matey!  Here, there be brand-new pirate books.  Perfect for sea dogs and landlubbers alike.

PICTURE BOOKS
Arrr, Mustache Baby! by Bridget Heos
Give Me Back My Bones by Kim Norman
Pirate Chicken: All Hens on Deck by Brian Yanish
We're Going on a Treasure Hunt by Kelly Dipucchio

GRAPHIC NOVELS
Adventure Time: Marceline the Pirate Queen by Leah Williams
Bots: 20,000 Robots Under the Sea by Russ Bolts

NOVELS
The Adventurer's Guide to Treasure (and How to Steal It) by Wade Albert White
The Castle in the Sea by Mardi McConnichie
Emily Windsnap and the Pirate Prince by Liz Kessler

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Last Day for Summer Reading Prizes

The universe is endless, but Summer Reading at Hoover Public Library is not.  The LAST DAY that kids and teens can earn tickets, redeem them for prizes, or enter their names in any of the grand prize drawings is FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2019.  The library is open 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on that day.

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Summer Reading: The Next Challenge

Summer Reading 2019 is winding down, but that doesn't mean you have to stop reading for the rest of summer.  Why don't you create your own summer reading challenge between now and when school starts back?  I found some great suggestions at readbrightly.com.

1. See how many different (and unusual) places can you read: on a trampoline, under a table, in a closet with a flashlight.  I bet you'll have even more (and better) ideas.

2. Read a different book by the same author or illustrator every day for a week.

3. Read a picture book or graphic novel, then continue the story with your own artwork.

4. Create a paper chain to keep track of how many books you read.  Write a mini book review on each of the links.

5. Read a book in a different genre every day: mystery, biography, graphic novel, poetry, nonfiction -- there are so many choices!

6. Read a wordless picture book, then write your own text for each page.

7. Read a book about the beach on the beach . . . or on a towel in the living room.

8. Read books with covers that match every color in the rainbow.

9. Read a book to someone else: a parent, a sibling, a pet, or even a stuffed animal.

10. Read books with main characters that are different from you.

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The Day the Universe Exploded My Head

Summer is coming to a close, and the start of the new school year is looming.  It doesn't seem possible!  Don't let the (bad?) news blow your mind.  Let this new space poetry book do that instead!

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again by Allan Wolf, illustrated by Anna Raff
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Opening with a “Solar Sunnet” and a spectacularly silly “Moon Buffet”, this versified tour of the solar system and beyond offers both astronomical and metrical delights. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining — and illustrations that are positively out of this world — this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds.

Make sure you watch the official book trailer!
 

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European Tour

When I walked into the picture book room last week, I noticed a delightful new story on display.  It features my favorite webslinging superhero, and it's all about his tour across the continent of Europe.  Usually, I'm not a huge fan of movie tie-in books, but this one is a winner.  After you read it (and love it), you'll probably want to read a similar story.  I suggest the Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat series by Russell Punter.  Each book focuses on a cat's adventure in a major European city.

Spider-Man: Swings Through Europe by Calliope Glass
E  SUP  NEW BOOK
Full of vibrant and hilarious original art, this picture book shows off the various European locations seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and is told from Peter Parker's unique point of view.   Whether he's riding in a gondola through the Venice canals or breaking out all his best moves to get a reaction from the Queen's Guard in London, Spider-Man is determined to have the best vacation ever.

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?  I've Been to London to Visit the Queen
E  PUN  NEW BOOK
Join Kitty Kat on his journey across London. See the Crown Jewels, ride on the London Eye, and even visit Buckingham Palace.

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?  I've Been to Paris and Guess What I've Seen . . .
E  PUN  NEW BOOK
Kitty Kat is off on an exciting tour of Paris. Join him as he cruises down the Seine, climbs the Eiffel Tower, and discovers famous paintings in the Lourve Museum.

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?  I've Been to Rome and Guess What I've Seen . . .
E  PUN  NEW BOOK
Kitty Kat explores the sights and sounds of the Italian capital. From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, all the major tourist attractions are covered. As well as introducing young children to how things look today, Kitty Kat’s imagination shows them what life was like in Ancient Rome.

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