What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Full-Color Harry Potter
Muggles who love Harry Potter better watch out. The new illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone is sure to [get out your wands] STUPEFY! Artist Jim Kay has created over 100 full-color panels for the book.
"Seeing Jim Kay's illustrations moved me profoundly. I love his interpretation of Harry Potter's world, and I feel honored and grateful that he has lent his talent to it."
- J.K. Rowling
This is a great way to re-visit a beloved series. It's also good for readers who are just being introduced to the magic of Harry Potter. The illustrated edition comes out tomorrow, October 6, 2015.
Scooby's Kidz Kitchen
Scooby-Doo, where are you? Chef Scooby and his assistant Shaggy will be whipping up some of their favorite spooky treats in Scooby's Kidz Kitchen on Saturday, October 10, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. The trouble is . . . they are terrible cooks and are always forgetting their ingredients. They need your help to uncover the secret ingredient for each recipe. Hand craft your own monster doughnut, crunchy spider, and a Halloween pizza. Plus, decorate a chef hat and make your own Scooby-Dooby-Doo puppet. You do not have to RSVP to be part of this tasty program. Simpy follow the stars to the Kidz Kitchen.
Scooby stars in a brand-new math mystery series!
Scooby-Doo! A Numbers Comparison Mystery: The Case of the Lunchroom Gobbler
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Scooby-Doo! A Subtraction Mystery: The Case of the Disappearing Doughnuts
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Scooby-Doo! An Addition Mystery: The Case of the Angry Adder
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Scooby-Doo! An Even or Odd Mystery: The Case of The Oddzilla
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Book Club & Pizza
All teens (grades 7-12) interested in being part of this school year's book club should come to the kick-off meeting this Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. It's called Book Club & Pizza, so you should have a pretty good idea about what's going to happen. You'll eat pizza and decide what books the club wants to read. You don't have to tell us ahead of time that you're coming. Just show up!
New Football Fiction from Tim Green
"When Ryan's estranged father unexpectedly dies, Ryan learns that he has inherited the Dallas Cowboys. With his new role as owner of this NFL team, Ryan has high hopes that he can be more than just a middle-school misfit. Maybe he can even get off the bench and into the starting lineup of his own football team. With the help of his friends Jackson and Izzy, Ryan takes advantage of his newfound stardom. He convinces his coach to use a tricky passing offense that plays to Ryan's strengths. But just when things are looking up, Ryan's nasty stepmother makes a legal play to make her own son the Cowboys' kid owner. With drama heating up both on and off the field, Ryan quickly realizes he may lose much more than just the Dallas Cowboys."
You're absolutely right. If I want to be completely accurate, the title of this blog should be Westerfeld, Lanagan, and Biancotti Zeroes. That's because three authors combined their writing superpowers to pen Zeroes, a book about six California teens with superhuman abilities. Scam, Crash, Flicker, Anonymous, Bellwether, and Kelsie each take their turn telling the story. It isn't always pretty. The teens were all born in the year 2000, and they used to be friends, a team. Then they weren't. And now they have to work together again, using their powers to respond to a high-stakes crisis. The problem is that all of their abilities are double-edged. They can be helpful or a hindrance. Which will it be this time?
BBW -- READstricted
Banned Books Week is almost here! Use September 27-October 3, 2015 to celebrate your freedom to read. You could read one of the top ten challenged books of 2014. (BBW TRIVIA: Did you know that the American Library Association recorded 311 book challenges in 2014? Did you know that ALA estimates that 70-80% are never reported?) You could read a book from the Teen Spot since BBW 2015 focuses on young adult literature. Or, if you really want to do something big, you could try one of these "Top 10 Things to Do with a Banned Text."
As a librarian, I do a lot of reading. If I really love a book, I recommend it to everyone. Does everyone take my advice? Not all the time. But, sometimes, a single person does. Then she loves it and recommends it. And the cycle goes on and on until almost everyone in my department has read it and loved it. That's what happened in 2014 with Jackaby by William Ritter. R. F. Jackaby is a Sherlock-type investigator in 1892 New England . . . except he focuses on supernatural investigations. Now, Jackaby and his assistant Abigail Rook are hunting for a thief, a monster, and a murderer in their newest adventure, Beastly Bones.
"In New Fiddleham, things are never quite what they seem. First, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt."
M.I.Y. = Make It Yourself
This is yet another new program in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library! Once a month, kids 7 and up can come to our makerspace. They can gather, create, invent, tinker, and discover using a variety of materials. The first session will take place on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. The project will be String Art. Only 15 kids are able to participate at a time, but we will be rotating kids throughout the two-hour session. Miss Mary Ann and Miss Karen will be on hand to assist.
Upcoming M.I.Y. project
Wednesday, October 28, 2015