Top Menu FAQ Membershipts etc

Search the catalog above.

What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.

Library Blog

Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.

Banned Books Week 2016

Banned Books Week is here!  Defend the First Amendment and read a banned book September 25-October 1, 2016.  You can choose from the Top Ten Most Challenged Books of 2015 (click here to watch the video) or one of the titles featured on the many lists available on the official Banned Books Week website.  They have lists about frequently challenged children's books, teen books, books by authors of color, books with diverse content, and classics.

What else can you do?
Contribute to the Banned Books Week conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #BannedBooksWeek.
Find out what authors have to think about Banned Books Week.  Take a look at guest author posts on the Intellectual Freedom blog.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

History of Fun Stuff

You think you don't like history?  The History of Fun Stuff series will change your mind!  This Level 3 Ready to Read series goes back in time and behind the scenes to teach you the cool history of all sorts of your favorite things.  The newest one comes out on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, and it's called The Colorful Story of Comics.  

"Do you know how comics, graphic novels, and manga came to be? Or that they have their roots in cave drawings? Did you know that Benjamin Franklin is credited as having the first cartoon in an American newspaper? Ever wonder who put the fun in the Funny Pages? Become a History of Fun Stuff Expert on the funny history of comics!"

Find the other titles in this series in the Kid Zone!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

Blogging and Coding How-to

The Super Skills series has two new books to help you become more tech-savvy in our technology-driven world.  Perfect for beginners and near-experts alike!

How to Be a Blogger and Vlogger in 10 Easy Lessons by Shane Birley (2016)
J  006.7  BIR
This brisk read provides 10 lessons for those interested in bringing their voices to the internet, covering blogs, vlogs, podcasts, and everything that goes with them. The book expands upon these lessons in each chapter. For example, the “Record Your Podcast” chapter not only covers basic podcasting formats, but highlights the anatomy of a podcast, how long shows should be, theme-music development, and more. The book also features a section dedicated to internet safety, one all kids should read regardless of their online ambitions. The graphics and charts are serviceable, featuring racially diverse children and dutifully breaking up the chunks of text in a format that’s easy on the eyes. A chapter focused on developing audience is especially helpful to those looking to get their voices heard. But above all, the book positions online expression as equal to any other form of artistic expression: maintaining a web series is just as valid as photography or painting in the eyes of the book’s audience

How to Code in 10 Easy Lessons by Sean McManus (2015)
J  794.81  COD
The spiral binding on this book is completely necessary, as it enables the book to lay flat for readers to consult while working on their Scratch programs via computer—following along with the book without having the Scratch website open would be a confusing undertaking. The first couple of sections provide background on Scratch’s purpose and why one would program in it: it easily makes programs with graphics, and it does so while the programmer is online, requiring no software installations. Then programming teacher and prolific code-guide writer McManus hits his stride in guiding readers through increasingly complicated code. He takes readers from simple quiz games to games in which the player’s character jumps between moving platforms while dodging enemies. The book’s full-color design takes advantage of Scratch’s very visual, color-coded format, but the true-to-screen reproductions falter with some glossy code images of black text on dark colors, which are much harder to read than their computer-backlit equivalents. The final sections cover the basics of HTML tags and an impressive demystification of CSS, with the goal of embedding the Scratch game in a personal website.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

September 22, 2016 is World Rhino Day, and there is a brand-new picture book that is an absolutely PERFECT choice to read on that day.

Clara: The (Mostly) True Story of the Rhinoceros Who Dazzled Kings, Inspired Artists, and Won the Hearts of Everyone  . . . While She Ate Her Way Up and Down the Continent! by Emily Arnold McCully
E  MCC  NEW BOOK
In 1741, a Dutch sea captain, Douwemont Van der Meer, transported Clara, a young rhinoceros, from India to his home in Leiden. For the next 17 years, Van der Meer transported her to dozens of cities throughout Europe, including Berlin, Rome, Paris, and Vienna. Clara charmed royals such as Empress Maria Theresa and Louis XV. She amazed peasants and aristocrats, who paid to see her. Poets, painters, and musicians created works in her honor. McCully carries readers on these travels while never losing sight of the relationship between the captain and Clara. Van der Meer needed to raise money constantly to satisfy Clara's prodigious appetite for bread and hay and her fondness for oranges and beer. She repaid him with affection and patience during the travels and exhibitions. McCully's watercolor illustrations capture the fashions and landscapes of the time. Panoramas such as the entourage sailing on a huge raft down the Rhine convey the spectacular undertaking involved in Clara's travels. An extensive author's note supplies additional information on Clara's story and the current state of rhinoceros populations. Consider pairing this title with Mary Tavener Holmes's My Travels with Clara, which incorporates photos of paintings, coins, and figurines with Clara's image.

Richard Peck is a multi-award-winning writer of middle grade and young adult novels. He has been honored with a Newbery Medal, the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the National Council of Teachers of English/ALAN Award, and the National Humanities Medal. His passion for encouraging children to read, as well as educating parents about the importance of reading to children before they can read independently, is inspiring and a driving force for many educators. Each and every one of his novels is multi-faceted and versatile.  Find out more about his previous novels (and how to use them in the classroom) when you access An Educator's Guide to Richard Peck.  Now, let's learn about his newest title!

The Best Man by Richard Peck
Archer Magill has spent elementary school with one eye out in search of grown-up role models. Three of the best are his grandpa, the great architect; his dad, the great car customizer; and his uncle Paul, who is just plain great. These are the three he wants to be. Along the way he nds a fourth—Mr. McLeod, a teacher. But now here comes middle school and change. Archer doesn’t see too far ahead, so every day or so a startling revelation breaks over him. Then a really big one when he’s the best man at the wedding of two of his role models. This is a story of small-town life, family, and everyday heroes.

Read the New York Times review here.  Find out why the author decided to write this book here.

Lupica's Last Man Out

According to Booklist, "Lupica stirs equal quantities of grief and gridiron action into his latest outing."  Are you surprised?  Neither am I.  That's what Mike Lupica does best.  

Last Man Out
When the Brighton Bears suit up on game day, 12-year-old Tommy Gallagher is the toughest kid on the football field. And the bravest. After all, his father Patrick is a Boston firefighter--one of Boston's bravest. Tommy's dad taught him everything he knows about football--and life. Yet even Tommy isn't strong enough for what happens when the sirens ring and, for the first time, they're racing away from the fire. "First man in; last man out" had always been his dad's motto . . . yet he never said anything about leaving in an ambulance. What kind of risk had his dad taken? Now Tommy's biggest battle has nothing to do with football. And the kid who always had such respect for risk on the gridiron finds himself drawn to it off the field.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

Tuesday Two

September is National Service Dog Month!  The Hoover Public Library has many wonderful books featuring service dogs, but I especially want to highlight a pair of titles about a dog named Tuesday.

  • Tuesday Tucks Me In: The Loyal Bond Between a Soldier and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter (2014)
    J  636.7  MON
  • Every morning, Tuesday helps Luis get his shoes on, one at a time. He reminds Luis to take his medicine. He even gets Luis’ cane for him. But here’s the thing about Tuesday: he’s not a person––he’s a service dog! After Luis came back from war, everything was different and ordinary things scared him. Luckily, he had Tuesday, who stuck by him, helping him every step of the way. Wherever Luis goes, Tuesday is sure to be following right beside… ready to protect his pal. And there is a lot of love to go around because Luis looks after Tuesday, too. He takes Tuesday to the park, wipes his paws, and even brushes his teeth!
  • Tuesday Takes Me There: The Healing Journey of a Veteran and His Service Dog by Luis Carlos Montalván with Bret Witter (2016)
    J  636.7  MON
    From New York’s Staten Island Ferry to a double-decker bus in Washington, DC, a delightful service dog, named Tuesday, narrates this fun and exciting journey ― with his disabled veteran partner ― to a very special place.

Luis Carlos Montalván is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and advocate. Tuesday is his beloved service dog and recipient of the American Kennel Club’s Humane Fund Award for Canine Excellence. A 17-year veteran of the U.S. Army, Captain Montalván served multiple tours abroad and his decorations include two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal for Valor, and the Combat Action Badge. In 2010, Montalván completed a master of science from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. A vocal advocate, he regularly appears on local, national, and global media. Luis & Tuesday have spoken, in person, to hundreds of thousands of people across North America about disability awareness, trauma and healing.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

Telgemeier Ghosts

Were you wondering if Raina Telgemeier has officially hit the bigtime?  The answer is YES!  Even the New York Times is crazy about her and her newest graphic novel, Ghosts.

"Raina Telgemeier’s characters fizz with visual energy. They DASH! across the page, trailing motion lines and little clouds of smoke. When they’re angry, steam whistles from their ears; when they’re crushing, they expel perfect red hearts from their blushing cheeks. . . . This can make them appear, on first glance, a bit simplistic — cartoonish, in the pejorative sense. But Telgemeier’s interest in knotty issues of tween and teenage social and family life [is] evident. . . . the book’s lovely darker palette of blues and grays hints at the sadness that inflects this story of childhood illness and dislocation. Catrina has moved with her family to the foggy, windswept Northern California town of Bahía de la Luna, in hopes that the cool air will help her little sister Maya’s cystic fibrosis. Cat, about to enter sixth grade, is moody and upset about the move; Maya, despite her grim prognosis, is joyful and excited.  A neighbor boy, Carlos, who guides “ghost tours” around town, tells Cat and Maya that (fictional) Bahía de la Luna is filled with spirits, who like to gather in the old mission and feed off the cool winds. With Day of the Dead approaching, this scaredy Cat has to overcome her fear of the unknown while protecting her ailing sister from an uncertain future."

Read the full review here.  Then place a hold on Ghosts here.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

Aaaargh! Back to Pirate School

When I asked Mr. Justin to tell me about our upcoming pirate event, he said "Every September, little pirate girls and boys head back to school to learn all they need to know about being a good pirate."  It sounds like the opening to a vintage Disney cartoon, doesn't it?  Luckily, the rest of his description answered all the questions you will probably ask.

Will I get a pirate name?  AYE!
Will I get some pirate gear?  AYE!
Will I attend pirate classes?  AYE!

You will learn to speak pirate in Pirate Language Arts.  You will compete in a poop deck challenge in Ship Maintenance.  You will guide a ship through uncharted waters in Navigation.  And in Ship Building . . . you'll build a pirate ship.  (Yes, I know that one was self-explanatory, but I wanted to be thorough in my pirate syllabus.)  Young pirates will receive an official pirate school report card at the end, as well as traditional pirate food and drink.

So, you want to enroll in Aaaargh! Back to Pirate School on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.?  It's easy!   Just walk the plank . . . I mean, follow the stars to fun that will shiver your timbers.

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

The DH

The Triple Threat series by John Feinstein follows the ups and downs of one talented kid-athlete’s year in sports.  The first book, The Walk-On, tackles football.  The second title, The Sixth Man, puts you courtside for basketball drama.  The third and newest title, The DH, takes you out to the ballgame -- the baseball game.

"Alex Myers’s football and basketball seasons were mired in controversy, and his dad’s been MIA since his parents split up. All Alex wants this spring is to work on his fastball and hang out with his maybe-girlfriend, Christine. But he runs into unexpected competition. Matt Gordon was suspended from sports after he admitted taking PEDs during football season, but the athletic board has decided to give him another chance. So he’s on the team—and he’s got something to prove. He’s also got his eye on Christine. The question this season—is all fair in love and baseball? Or are some things truly unforgivable?"

This series is highly recommended for fans of Mike Lupica and Tim Green . . . and John Feinstein, of course!

Target Age: 
Katiem's picture
Author: 
Katiem

Pages