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Your Life as a . . .

You may have noticed that the Kid Zone at the Hoover Public Library has a lot of books.  A LOT.  I've been here almost 15 years, and even I don't know every single title we have.  Proof?  The other day, while helping a teacher find books for her students, I stumbled upon an amazing nonfiction series that I had never seen before.  It's so stellar I decided to blog about it.  And here we are.  Each title in The Way It Was series starts with "Your Life as a" and focuses on the adventure and hardships of specific moments from history.  The premise is that the reader has been assigned a part in the school play.  The reader (that's YOU!) assumes the role and learns along the way.  There are seven books in the series.

  1. Your Life as a Cabin Attendant on the Titanic
  2. Your Life as a Cabin Boy on a Pirate Ship
  3. Your Life as a Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt
  4. Your Life as a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
  5. Your Life as a Private on the Lewis and Clark Expedition
  6. Your Life as a Settler in Colonial America
  7. Your Life as an Explorer on a Viking Ship
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World Hello Day

Hello!  Hola!  Cíao!  Shalom!  Namaste!  

Just practicing for tomorrow.  November 21 is World Hello Day.  The purpose?  To promote peace all over the world and bridge barriers between every nationality.  It's easy to participate.  Simply say hello to 10 different people.  And try to include strangers!  Be brave!  Reach out!  The Hoover Public Library can help you learn how other cultures say hello with Mango, our online language learning course.  Or you can check out one of these books.

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Story Feast

It's almost time for the most delicious storytime of the year -- Story Feast!  Follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the program room on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 at 10:30 a.m.  Miss Laura and Miss Anna Beth will join me (Miss Katie Jane) for stories and songs about potatoes, turkeys, and pie.  Mmmmmm.  We'll also show a mini-movie and serve a snack.  It's the perfect introduction to the Thanksgiving weekend!

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This Just In! book clubbers turned into bird brains last night.  After we talked about all the great new books we'd been reading, we challenged ourselves to create Talk Turkey Tweets.  Limiting your enthusiasm to only 140 characters?  Definitely a challenge.  But take a look at our creations.  And keep your eye on the library's Twitter feed.  You might spot a few of them amongst the tweets.

Aidan = Treasure Hunters by James Patterson
Austin = Big Nate: Mr. Popularity by Lincoln Peirce / Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
Carlie = Spirit Animals: Against the Tide by Tui T. Sutherland
Carson =Big Nate: The Crowd Goes Wild! by Lincoln Peirce
Diallo = Chemistry: Getting a Big Reaction by Dan Green
Faith = Spy Force by Deborah Abela
Jessica =Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney
J.P. = The Incomplete Book of Dragons: A Guide to Dragon Species by Cressida Cowell
Miss Katie Jane = The Map Trap by Andrew Clements
Kira = Everyday Angel: New Beginnings by Victoria Schwab
Liam = Pie by Sarah Weeks
Olivia = Ballet Shoes by Noel Streetfeild
Sawyer = Goddess Girls: Cassandra the Lucky by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Will = Billy the Kid Is Not Crazy by S. F. Guerra

Our next book club for grades 4-6 will meet on Monday, December 15, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  Simply read a book published in the last six months, then register online or by phone (444-7830) to be part of the fun.  This Just In! will Get Cinematic with our commercials in December.  We'll create a video using iMovie.  You won't want to miss that!

My sister Laurie loves Gayle Forman.  She's read everything Forman has ever written.  Laurie has repeatedly chastised me for only reading Just One Day and Just One Year.  "Why haven't you read If I Stay?  It's so amazing.  Jaw-dropping amazing."  I can only imagine what will happen tomorrow when the movie comes out on DVD.  "WHAT?!?!?!  You still haven't read the book?!?!?  What in the world is wrong with you?!?!?!"  Luckily, I have it checked out.  I just need to move it to the top of my to-read pile.  Immediately.

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