What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
S.T.E.A.M.ed Fruits & Veggies
Our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event is coming Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 4:30 p.m. Miss Alyssa will tell a story that demonstrates Fruit and Veggie Prints then kids (ages 7-12) will create their own art using the same foods. This event requires registration. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
So much is happening in the next few days, I decided to consolidate all the information into a single blog post. You're welcome.
Coding with Teens
Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Learn the basics of Python in our Technology Training Center. Grades 9-12. Registration required. Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).
Monday, September 25, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
This is our book club for teens. At the first meeting, we'll talk about the books we read over the summer. We'll also choose which book we'll read to discuss at the October meeting. Grades 7-12. You do not have to register.
Duct Tape Magic Wallets
Friday, September 29, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.
Learn to make a magic wallet using duct tape. Don't know what a magic wallet is? It's this. Grades 7-12. Registration required. Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).
Our new monthly Saturday storytime series is called Storytime Allstars. That means a different storyteller (maybe your favorite!) will be on deck each month, making you laugh with stories, songs, and a snack. Join Miss Kaylen this Saturday, September 23, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. for Rawr, Rawr Dinosaurs. This storytime is geared for all ages, and you don't have to register to attend. Simply follow the stars . . . and the roars.
Hector the Collector
I recently discovered this gem while browsing our new picture book collection. This charming story celebrates the joy of collecting and how collections can grow into the most breathtaking museums in the world. I think I'll have to add it to my personal collection . . . of books!
Hector the Collector by Emily Breen
"When Hector comes across an acorn, he discovers a love for collecting them in all shapes and sizes.
They were all different.
They were all the same.
They were all beautiful.
One day his teacher finds his desk filled with acorns, and his classmates make fun of poor Hector. But they soon learn that all collections are special—whether coins, stuffed animals, songs, or seashells—and that some collections are also meant for sharing, like the paintings in an art museum or the books at a public library."
Visit the publisher's website for a preview.
Highly Anticipated New Lu
Warcross by Marie Lu (September 12, 2017)
For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down Warcross players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty-hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. To make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.
Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.
More Mighty Jack
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King by Ben Hatke (September 5, 2015)
Jack and Lilly return in a new adventure in which they must navigate a fantastic and foreign land to save Jack’s autistic sister, Maddy. The story dives in where Mighty Jack (2016) had left off on a breathless cliffhanger, which finds Jack and Lilly emerging through a strange, keyhole-shaped portal in order to save Maddy from a fierce monster. Rather like Alice down the rabbit hole, the kids find themselves in an unfamiliar world where they must climb a tenuous beanstalk and face vicious, biting rats, lovably bumbling goblins, and fearsome giants. Hatke’s reimagined fairy tale is a masterpiece that blends all the familiar elements of “Jack and the Beanstalk” with a decidedly fresh eye in a visually arresting graphic format. His art, brilliantly colored by Campbell and Sycamore, is vividly kinetic, taking over with many wordless action scenes that fire off with rocketlike propulsion. Though Hatke’s cast is predominantly white, he gives diversity a nod with an autistic main character and defies gender convention when another female character is crowned king. Though Jack is given sole titular credit, he and Lilly share the heroic spotlight in this installment, as she is every bit as mighty and important as he. Expect demand for the next installment to be through the roof; Hatke’s brilliant final scene should elicit audible exclamations from fans of his work. (from Kirkus Reviews)
Big Machines Bio
If you "dig" the work of Virginia Lee Burton, you'll definitely want to read this new picture book biography.
Big Machines: The Story of Virginia Lee Burton by Sherri Duskey Rinker, illustrated by John Rocco (September 5, 2017)
Everyone in Folly Cove knows Virginia Lee as “Jinnee.” With her magical wands she can draw whatever she imagines, but for her sons Aris and Michael, she draws the most wonderful characters of all: BIG MACHINES with friendly names like Mary Anne, Maybelle, and Katy. Her marvelous magical wands can make anything move—even a cheerful Little House.
★ "The beautiful symbiosis of text and art works on several levels—as a biography, a study of the artist's creative process, and a demonstration of the themes of change and survival evident in Burton's picture books. Alive, bursting with color and action, this volume introduces Virginia Lee Burton to a new generation of big machine enthusiasts." —Kirkus, starred review
Find these three Burton titles under E BUR -- Choo Choo: The Story of a Little Engine That Ran Away, Katy and the Big Snow, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Find The Little House under E BUR CALDECOTT.
The Only Thing More Powerful Than a Teen Titan? A Library Card!
DC's Teen Titans are the official spokes-heroes of this September's National Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign. But I don't think you need THEM to remind you of the value of a library card. Just take a look at everything available at Hoover Public Library via your library card.
- Check out up to 100 items on your card at any given time! This includes books, audiobooks, movies, music, video games, puppets, board games, and more! You can also borrow materials from the other 39 libraries in Jefferson County.
- Use your card to access tons of downloable audiobooks, ebooks, movies and music via Overdrive and/or Hoopla. You can also find online magazines via RBdigital.
- Access free online classes through Mango, Universal Class, and Learning Express Library.
Free library cards are available to any Hoover and Jefferson County resident. Patrons over the age of fifteen must show a driver's license with current address or a form of government issued photo ID and verification of current address (i.e., piece of mail, lease agreement, checkbook, bill statement, etc.). Children under fifteen must have a parent or legal guardian sign a responsibility statement. Non-residents may purchase cards for an annual fee of $50. These cards are issued in the applicant's name, but may be used by that person's entire family.
On a related note . . . September is also Food for Fines Month. Waive up to $10 in late fees by donating baby food, cereals, soup, canned juice, canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter, crackers, rice or pasta, pasta sauce, dried beans, side dishes, and snack foods ($1 waived per item). Stop by the Circulation Desk for more information.