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Every Day

David Levithan's book is now a movie!  Every Day opens in theaters this weekend.  And it is not your every day romance.  The story follows 16-year-old Rhiannon.  She falls in love with a mysterious soul known as A, who appears as a new person by inhabiting a different body each day.  There are 15 different actors in the role of A, allowing the character to appear as male, female and transgender over the course of the film.   So, like I said, not your typical teen love story.  But A and Rhiannon must let themselves be seen for who they are.  They cannot be defined by what others think of them if they want to experience true love.  And I think everyone can relate to that.

BONUS!
Read an interview with the author from The Huffington Post.

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Rising Above: Aspiring Women in Sports

When the first Rising Above book came out in 2016, I only heard one complaint about it: "Where are the women?!"  The Zuckerman family's newest release is the answer to that question.

Rising Above: Inspiring Women in Sports by Gregory Zuckerman with Elijah & Gabriel Zuckerman
(February 20, 2018)
A reader does not have to be a sports fan to be inspired by these compelling minibiographies of athletes who conquered considerable adversities to realize great achievements.Neglected by a single mother with alcohol and drug addictions, Simone Biles went to live with her grandparents and discovered balance beams and gymnastics mats, which set her on the path to Olympic glory. Serena and Venus Williams overcame racial barriers to become tennis legends. Elena Delle Donne battled Lyme disease while working to become a star WNBA player. Bethany Hamilton continued her career as a professional surfer after losing her left arm in a shark attack. The Zuckermans close with the dramatic story of gymnast Kerri Strug, who, despite a severe injury, executed a gold medal-winning performance in the 1996 Olympics that made her a national sports hero. Other athletes profiled include Mo'ne Davis, Carli Lloyd, Wilma Rudolph, Ronda Rousey, and Swin Cash. Whether it was racism, humiliation for their unique body types, or serious medical issues, all the athletes profiled overcame their imposing obstacles through fierce determination and, the Zuckermans are careful to note, with the help of coaches, counselors, mentors, and therapists. They all refused to blame others for their difficulties and accepted responsibility for their successes and setbacks, a lesson that is delivered firmly and naturally. An inspiring, empowering collection of true stories of perseverance and resolve. (from Kirkus Reviews)

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World Whale Day

World Whale Day is February 17, 2018, and it's gonna be BIG.  So stock up on these books.

The Boy and the Whale by Mordecai Gerstein
Breathe by Scott Magoon
Dario and the Whale by Cheryl Lawton Malone
Emma and the Whale by Julie Case
Following Papa's Song by Gianna Marino
How Long Is a Whale? by Alison Limentani
Humpback Whales: Musical Migrating Mammals by Rebecca E. Hirsch
I Wish I Was an Orca by Sandra Markle
I Won a What? by Audrey Vernick
Mighty Moby by Ed Young
The Storm Whale by Benji Davies
The Storm Whale in Winter by Benji Davies
Trapped!: A Whale's Rescue by Robert Burleigh
The Whale by Ethan Murrow
When Whales Cross the Sea: The Gray Whale Migration by Sharon Katz Cooper

DID YOU KNOW?
World Whale Day began in Maui 1980 to honor humpback whales, which swim off its coast.  It is still an important part of Maui's annual festival at the peak of humpback whale season.

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If you love fairy tales, especially fractured fairy tales, you will love this month's Book Bites.  Miss Traci and Miss Kaylen will host our book club for elementary students on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at 3 p.m.  The theme is Not-So-Happily Ever After, and they'll book talk all sorts of amazing picture books, beginning readers, and novels that you can then check out to read for yourself.  After you sample the books, you'll also get to sample a snack.  This book club is open to all elementary students, Kindergarten through 5th grade.  You don't have to sign up.  Just show up!

At least, that's what Mr. Jeremy seems to think.  He's the storyteller for our upcoming Storytime All Stars on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  And his theme?  Never Too Late for Valentines!  Join him for funny stories about love, family, and friendship.  There will also be a snack.  No need to register.  Children of all ages can simply follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

Raging Readers: The Game Has Begun

When I blogged about this book back in September, I knew it would be a big hit.  And I was right!  Now I'm pleased to announce that our teen book club decided to read Warcross by Marie Lu.  If you want to join their conversation, stop by Raging Readers on Monday, February 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  If you'd like to immerse yourself in the world of Warcross, visit the official website.

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And the Winner (Finally) Is . . .

The American Library Association finally announced their Youth Media Awards today! Here are the winners!  Access the full list of medalists and honors here.  Many of our favorites made the cut.

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Next Best Junior Chef: The Heat Is On!

The second title in the Next Best Junior Chef trilogy is out this week, and The Heat Is On!  I don't want to risk a spoiler, so I won't tell you anything about the new book.  But I will remind you about the first book.  Or, if you haven't read it yet, introduce you to it.

Next Best Junior Chef: Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper (#1)
Four food-savvy kids face off in the first round of a TV cooking show in this snappy launch title in the Next Best Junior Chef series. Eleven-year-old Caroline is coolly confident, army kid Tate has energy to spare, nervous Rae faints when she first takes the stage, and brazen Oliver has “two missions: to win and look good on TV.” Fans of Top Chef Junior and other TV cooking competitions will be right at home with the trappings Harper liberally draws on: celebrity chefs’ demanding yet supportive demeanors, contestants’ off- and on-camera anxieties, and meticulous descriptions of their gastronomic concoctions. Blard-Quintard’s chic b&w spot illustrations capture the children’s emotional ups and downs as they wrestle with surprise ingredients, plan their dream food trucks, and try to negotiate partnered challenges. It’s an entertaining behind-the-scenes look at ambitious foodie kids doing what they do best; readers should be eager to discover who will be forced to hang up their aprons in the next book. 

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Winter Olympics 2018

When I was younger, I was obsessed with the Winter Olympics.  I hated waiting four years (FOUR YEARS!) for it to roll around again.  My personal obsession has waned since I do not have cable or internet at my house.  And I don't have a smartphone either.  (Yeah, I'm one of those people.)  But I know most of the world will be glued to their devices from now till February 25 to watch the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea.  If you'd like to learn more about the host country, drop by the Kid Zone and look for Dewey Decimal number 951.95.  If you want to learn more about the different events, look throughout the sports section in the 796s.  And books about the history of the Winter Olympics can be found under 796.48.

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Rascal, Rebel, Peter Rabbit

Beatrix Potter's naughty rabbit gets a modern makeover in the new Peter Rabbit movie, which opens in theaters this weekend.  And YOU can party with Peter Rabbit and Farmer McGregor at Hoover Library this Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  Escape Farmer McGregor at the Garden Obstacle Course, find Peter hiding in the flower pots, and help protect Peter's lost coat from the garden birds at the Vegetable Toss.  You'll also make rabbit ear heandbands and a "hungry" Peter Rabbit spinner.  And if YOU are hungry too, you can snack on blackberries, bread and milk.  And carrots, too!  (Of course.)  You do not need to register for this event.  Simply follow the bunny trail . . . I mean, starred hallway . . . to rascally fun.

Don't forget to look for the books that inspired the movie and party.  Beatrix Potter's tiny books about tiny heroes can be found in the picture book room under E  POT.

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