What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Spring Sips at Kid Lit Coffee Break
It's time for the spring edition of Kid Lit Coffee Break! Adults who love children's literature can join me this Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3 p.m. for a laid-back discussion of current kid lit trends, fueled by booktalks of recent releases . . . and coffee and desserts from East 59. There will also be door prizes. This group includes parents, teachers, librarians, and other book-minded adults, and we'd love for it to include you! No need to RSVP. Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone.
Last Week of Storytime
Our final week of storytime is here. Hope to see you at one of these! And go ahead and get excited about our summer storytime series. More info coming soon!
Together with Twos = Birthday Bash = Monday, April 23, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Story Lab = Messy Monday = Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Mother Goose = Under the Sea = Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Early Birds = Baby Favorites = Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10 a.m. (registration required)
Story Sprouts = Silly Stories = Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
ExploraStory = How Does Your Garden Grow? = Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
PJ Storytime = Libraries Rock = Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Movers & Shakers = Fun in the Sun = Friday, April 27, 2018 at 11 a.m. (registration required)
Storytime Allstars is Saturday, April 28, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Join Miss Katie Jane for Super Smelly Fun!
Staff Favorites at Book Bites
This Sunday, April 22, 2018 is our final Book Bites of the school year. It will feature Staff Favorites. Join Miss Traci and Mr Justin at 3 p.m. to hear about some of your favorite Kid Zone librarians' most-loved titles. Maybe you'll add them to your summer reading list! That is just around the corner. Stay tuned for more information about that fun. You might decide to read them right away. After the booktalks, you're welcome to check out any of the books that sounded good to you. You'll also get to eat a snack. Book Bites is geared for Kindergarten to 5th grade. No need to sign up for this event. Simply follow the stars on Sunday.
Jackie Robinson Day
"The numbers only tell part of the story. They cannot capture the essence of the man, his legacy, or all of his accomplishments. There's not a formula, not even in this day and age in baseball, that can measure Jackie Robinson's impact. But there is one number -- Robinson's famous No. 42 jersey, which was retired throughout the game in 1997, and Major League Baseball's commitment to celebrating his life on April 15 every year since 2004 -- that has become perhaps the most important in the sport."
This is directly from Major League Baseball's official website. That is the power of Jackie Robinson. Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day this Sunday, April 15, 2018 by donning the number 42 and reading one of the newest titles about his life.
42 Is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport (2017)
Grabbing readers’ attention with lines such as, “It was 3:00 a.m., but no one in the Robinson family was sleeping,” Rappaport pulls them in close to witness events that shaped baseball great Jackie Robinson. From a racist encounter with a neighbor at age eight to his time spent in the U.S. Army and the Negro Leagues, 21 short chapters tell a story of courage, self-control, and perseverance. One chapter excerpts poignant fan letters sent during Jackie’s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers: “If I can raise my boy to be half the man that you are,” an admirer writes. Drawing from Robinson’s autobiography and other sources, Rappaport explores some of the seminal events in Robinson’s life and the ballplayer’s feelings about them, ably profiling a groundbreaking athlete and “one-person civil rights movement.” (from Publishers Weekly)
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (2018)
Before he made baseball history, Jackie Robinson fought segregation in the U.S. Army. Bardhan-Quallen focuses on Robinson’s acts of resistance, including his refusal to give up his seat on a military bus, for which he was court martialed: “He was one of the first black Americans to challenge a segregation law in court. And he won.” The story jumps from this victory to Robinson’s post-Army life, as he played baseball with the Negro League Monarchs, minor league Royals, and Brooklyn Dodgers, where he cemented his legacy as the first African-American major leaguer. Raw, sweeping brushstrokes bring a sense of extemporaneous energy to Christie’s gouache paintings. Readers who only associate Robinson with the baseball diamond will recognize how his success depended as much on his perseverance as his batting average. (from Publishers Weekly)
Lulu Is Getting a Sister
Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.
Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe—AHEM, ask—Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain! But no matter what Lulu does, she can’t shake the little terrors.
Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds, and sisters have to stick together. Besides, in the end, Lulu figures that having a little sister probably won’t be as bad as a getting a tooth pulled. Probably.
Read Judith Viorst's third hilarious illustrated chapter book, Lulu Is Getting a Sister.
National Library Week 2018
I'm a bit behind in spreading the word. This is National Library Week! Celebrate libraries (especially Hoover Public) April 8-14, 2018! This year's theme is Libraries Lead. Let us lead you to your next favorite book, movie, or hobby. This year is a big deal because it is the 60th anniversary of NLW. There is a great article in the March/April 2018 issue of American Libraries magazine. Trust me -- it will be of interest to people other than librarians. Also, special thanks to Misty Copeland, our honorary chair of National Library Week 2018! Learn more about this bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer by reading one of her books.
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird by Misty Copeland & Christopher Myers (2014)
You Should Meet: Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven (2016)
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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins (2018)
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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones (2014)
Rebound to Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander has published a prequel to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover ! I checked out a copy today. Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.
Rebound by Kwame Alexander (April 2, 2018)
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.
A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Goes Green!
The Hoover Library will be starting a Learning Garden on the patio outside the Plaza. Help us and a local master gardener brainstorm ideas for this new venture at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4 p.m. We will also make stepping stones to place in the new garden. Don't worry -- you'll have something to take home, too! You'll receive a plant for gardening practice. This program is for children age 8-12. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).