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Polar Bear Day

February 27, 2017 is International Polar Bear Day!  You can find lots of great information about polar bears in any of our Kid Zone nonfiction sections.  Simply look for Dewey Decimal number 599.786.  If you want them to also star in your storybooks, try one of these titles.

BONUS!
National Geographic Kids is a good resource for information about our world.  Take a look their polar bear page.  The San Diego Zoo also has an excellent website.  Take a look at what they have to say about polar bears.

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Psych Friday

Samford University is coming to the library for an exciting and engaging day about the world of psychology! Take advantage of this opportunity to attend the sessions that interest you, listen to the speakers and visit booths at the activity fair. Many surrounding high schools will also be joining us. This FREE event is 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on March 3rd. Signs will be posted on relevant rooms and any staff will be happy to help you locate a room.

 

Some of the schedule highlights:

The keynote address will be by Dr. Nicole Siegfried, speaking on the research and treatment of eating disorders.

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Clinical and Counseling Careers in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology: It’s Not What You Think, but It Is What You Think
  • The Psychology of Implicit Bias and Stereotyping
  • Attachment Issues of Children in Foster Care
  • Positive Personality Psychology

 

Activity Fair:

  • Movement Aftereffects
  • Optical Illusions
  • Stroop Effect
  • Multitasking
  • DRM Effect
  • Obedience & Conformity
  • Serial Position Effect and Von Restorff Effect

Want to get a head start on reading before the event? Check out these titles!

The Psychology Book by Catherine Collin  

50 great myths of popular psychology: shattering widespread misconceptions about human behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld

Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence by David R. Shaffer

Characters on the Couch: Exploring Psychology through Literature and Film by Dean A. Haycock

 

- Stephanie

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Insatiable Readers –“Relationships, for Better or Worse” February 2017

The library’s new Readers’ Group discussed “Relationships, for Better or Worse” on Saturday, February 18.  The titles presented are listed below.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

Romance Is My Day Job by Patience Bloom

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry by Tom Cox

Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Love That Boy by Ron Fournier

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Saving Simon by Jon Katz

The Sibling Effect by Jeffrey Kluger

The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

In Real Life by Nev Schulman

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner

Raising Ryland by Hillary Whittington

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

 

Podcasts: 

Strangers (with Lea Thau)

Dear Sugar Radio

 

Feed your need for great nonfiction titles and bookish conversations!  Join us in the Plaza Reading Room on Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. to “Celebrate Women’s History.”  There will be free coffee and lots of reading fun!

 

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The Kid Zone has made it super easy to find the best new music for your family.  We've created a NEW music section in our CD collection, housed directly behind the large desk in the middle of the department.  The new CDs also have a hot pink sticker on the side.  So when you want new music, think pink!  If you can't find what you're looking for in the new CD section, take a look at the display shelves to the immediate left of the music collection.  There will be even more new music choices staring you in the face.

I know what you're thinking.
Miss Katie Jane, you are taking this weird daily holiday thing too far.  There's no way you can have a book that goes along with National Dog Biscuit Day on February 23, 2017.  
You need to change your thinking.

Treat by Mary Sullivan 
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This book introduces a roly-poly pooch who rides a roller-coaster of emotions as he prowls, scowls, and begs his way around the house in search of something tasty. “Treat. Treat! Treat? Treat!!” he telepathically beseeches the family toddler who’s munching on cereal, throwing in some balletic moves in hopes of impressing her. But the situation is nearly hopeless: the toddler is interested only in stuffing her own face, grandma and grandpa aren’t any help, the older sister is oblivious, and did the older brother really think a crayon drawing was what the dog was after? Exhausted and disgusted, the dog falls asleep on top of the laundry and dreams of treats—dreams that soon turn to nightmares. Sullivan has created quite a treat herself: a canine hero with a one-track mind and an endlessly expressive one-word vocabulary (aided by comically frenetic typography) whose approach to thwarted desire is, as any child will recognize, all too human. [from Publishers Weekly]

#1000blackgirlbooks

Marley Dias.  This is a name you need to remember.  She's the girl who, at age 11, loved to read.  But she became frustrated that none of the characters looked like her.  Where were the black girls?  She decided to do something about the dilemma.  She set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls . . . and #1000blackgirlbooks was born.  This all happened last year.  Now, Marley is 12.  She has exceeded her goal and collected over 7,000 books.  And she's landed a book deal with Scholastic.  Click on any of the blue links to learn more about her major accomplishments.  Click here to access a resource guide for the books Marley has discovered and distributed.

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Optimists Die First

With such an attention-grabbing title, how can I NOT blog about it?  Plus it received starred reviews in School Library JournalPublishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and just about everywhere else you can star reviews.

Optimists Die First by Susin Nielsen
Vancouver teenager Petula de Wilde is aware that her personality is the very opposite of her last name. Since her sister died two years earlier, Petula constantly washes her hands, avoids construction sites (lest she get killed by falling stray metal), and scours the Internet for articles on random and accidental deaths to add to her scrapbook. She no longer pursues her many (more optimistic) craft projects, nor does she speak to her former best friend. Things begin to change after a new boy with a prosthetic arm shows up in her mandated art therapy classes. Jacob is gregarious, confident, and determined to make Petula come out of her shell. His enthusiasm for life and his ability with a camera pull them together and allow them both to heal, but is Jacob all that he seems? Will Petula and the other art therapy students be able to help Jacob as much as he has helped them? Nielsen has created a compelling, precociously paranoid protagonist and a bevy of wisecracking, heartwarming characters. But perhaps the novel’s greatest strength is its handling of the characters’ very real burdens with sympathy, wit, and not an ounce of melodrama. Nielsen excels at depicting troubled, clever teenagers in familiar environments. VERDICT Readers who are looking for a darker, more urban, but similarly hopeful Sarah Dessen novel will find it in this poignant book. (School Library Journal)

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Starry Skies and Fireflies in the Friendship Garden

Have you discovered The Friendship Garden series by Jenny Meyerhoff?  I was just thinking about it because the newest book in the series came out this month, and its title goes along with the Story Lab I'm doing this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Starry Skies and Fireflies
The fifth book in the Friendship Garden series finds Anna and her friends sleeping under the stars in the garden’s first-ever urban campout!
Calling all campers! The Friendship Garden is having a summer sleepover under the stars! Get ready for: 1. Ooey, gooey s’mores 2. Toasty camp fires 3. Ghosts??  Anna is excited for an end-of-summer party with her friends, but she is NOT excited for creepy stories. Anna doesn’t like the dark…or being scared! But her buddies at the Friendship Garden want to tell ghost stories and play scary games! And Anna doesn’t want to look like a ‘fraidy cat, so she decides that she’ll just skip the party instead.  Can Anna’s friends convince her that being scared is sometimes fun? Or will she miss out on the Friendship Garden’s party of the year?

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Get Ready to Float Your Boat

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  It is a very important date here at Hoover Library.  First of all, it's my birthday!  But, more importantly, it's the date of our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event.  We'll be focusing on Engineering this time as we construct boats out of various materials and sail them to capture treasure.  You'll have a chance to test the buoyancy of lots of materials before you spend your "money" to get all the supplies you need to build your boat.  Then, the ultimate test -- can your vessel safely convey pennies across the water?  If you want to be let on deck at 4 p.m., you need to be 5-11 years old AND on our crew list.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

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Meet Local Child Author Nia Mya Reese

Nia Mya Reese is a second grader at Deer Valley Elementary School . . . and a published author!  Her book, How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother, is available for purchase on Amazon.  But why order online when you could buy it here at Hoover Public Library, then get it signed by the author?  That's right!  Nia Mya will be talking about her book and signing copies at a reception this Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.  Follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the program room.  Hope to see you there!

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Read the Hoover Sun article about Nia Mya's accomplishment.

Watch the spot on Fox 6 News.

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