What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Storybook Brunch Catches Boogie Fever
We have one more Storybook Brunch this season. Join Miss Anna Beth this Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. for a dance-themed storytime, Boogie Fever. There will be stories! There will be music! And, of course, there will be dancing! Plus there will be a breakfast snack -- cereal mix 'n match. This is our final Saturday storytime of the school year, so don't miss it!
DID YOU KNOW?
National Dance Week begins on April 25!
When you're at the grocery store with your family or in line at a fast food restaurant, do you ever wonder about the people who created the products you're purchasing? Well, quit wondering and start reading Food Dudes! This is a new biography series about the men behind popular foods and drinks. Here's a full list of titles:
- Ben & Jerry: Ice Cream Manufacturers
- Caleb Davis Bradham: Pepsi-Cola Inventor
- Clarence Birdseye: Frozen Food Innovator
- Colonel Harland Sanders: KFC Creator
- Dave Thomas: Wendy's Founder
- Ettore Boiardi: Chef Boyardee Manufacturer
- John Pemberton: Coca-Cola Developer
- The Kellogg Family: Breakfast Cereal Pioneers
- The Mars Family: M&M Mars Candy Makers
- Milton Hershey: Hershey's Chocolate Creator
- Ray Kroc: McDonald's Restaurants Builder
- Robert Cade: Gatorade Inventor
- Tom Monaghan: Domino's Pizza Innovator
- William Wrigley Jr.: Wrigley's Chewing Gum Founder
The countdown to Aussie fun has begun! The Hoover Public Library will Celebrate Australia on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. There will be a sampling of Australian treats to eat, and the very brave can take The Vegemite Challenge. Didgeridoo Down Under will also provide authentic musical entertainment on the Plaza. Want to explore Australian culture further? Adults can find lots of excellent fiction and nonfiction titles under the official display in the main hallway. Are you a kid or a teen? Check out one of these!
Aboriginal Australians by Diana Marshall
Are We There Yet?: A Journey Around Australia by Alison Lester
Australia by Colleen A. Sexton
Big Red Kangaroo by Claire Saxby
Cultural Traditions in Australia by Moly Aloian
Explore Australia and Oceania by Bobbie Kalman
Great Barrier Reef by Valerie Bodden
Koala Country: A Story of an Australian Eucalyptus Forest by Deborah Dennard
Meet Our New Student from Australia by Ann Weil
Not-for-Parents Australia: Everything You Ever Wanted to Know by Janine Scott
Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under by Marianne Berkes
Sand Swimmers: The Secret Life of Australia's Desert Wilderness by Narelle Oliver
Spotlight on Australia by Xavier Niz
Stories from the Billabong by James Vance Marshall
Mini-Golf in the Library
That's right, IN the library. We're setting up book-themed and subject-themed holes throughout the Kid Zone. Kids in grades 4-6 can play a round of Mini-Golf on Friday, May 1, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. They will also have a chance to craft a snack inspired by golfing. Registration is required. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
Interested in learning more about golf? Read one of these books!
Girls' Golf by Maryann Hudson
Golf: From Tee to Green -- the Essential Guide for Young Golfers by Clive Gifford
How to Improve at Golf by Peter Parks
Swing It Golf by Paul C. Challen
Enter DisneyNature's Monkey Kingdom
The newest Disney animal documentary is hitting theatres this weekend, just in time for Earth Day. Monkey Kingdom is narrated by Tiny Fey and features music by composer Harry Gregson-Williams (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe; Shrek) It also features blonde-bobbed monkeys. The star is Maya, a new monkey mother who is introducing her son Kip into the family as well as dealing with a sudden change of address in the jungles of South Asia. There are also special cameos by a mischievous mongoose, langur monkeys, leopards, and monitor lizards. Want to learn more before or after you hit the movies? Take a look at this educator guide and this family activity pack. You can also find tons of great books in the Hoover Public Library's Kid Zone. Just look for Dewey Decimal number 599.8 or 599.88.
Dear Hank Williams
Kimberly Willis Holt, National Book Award-Winning author of When Zachary Beaver Came to Town, has a new book out this week. It is called Dear Hank Williams and is told entirely through letters to a country music legend. Take a look!
"It’s 1948 in Rippling Creek, Louisiana, and Tate P. Ellerbee’s new teacher has just given her class an assignment—learning the art of letter-writing. Luckily, Tate has the perfect pen pal in mind: Hank Williams, a country music singer whose star has just begun to rise. Tate, along with her great-aunt and great-uncle, listens to him on the radio every Saturday night, and Tate just knows that she and Hank are kindred spirits."
I've Got the Blues
Andrew's Bright Blue T-Shirt by Jessica Wollman
The Big Blue Thing on the Hill by Yuval Zommer
Billy Twitters and His Big Blue Whale Problem by Mac Barnett
Blue by Sarah L. Schuette
Blue Chicken by Deborah Freedman
Blue Jeans Before the Store by Jody Jensen Shaffer
Blue on Blue by Dianne White
Dog Blue by Polly Dunbar
Have You Seen My New Blue Socks? by Eve Bunting
My Blue Is Happy by Jessica Young
Sky Sash So Blue by Elizabeth Hathorn
Small Bunny's Blue Blanket by Tatyana Feeney
Splish, Splash, and Blue by Christianne C. Jones
Two Blue Jays by Anne Rockwell
Way Down Deep in the Deep Blue Sea by Jan Peck
TJI: Funny Freeze Frames
It was our final book club of the 2014-2015 school year. Which is sad. But, as always, we had tons of fun talking about our books and making our "commercials" -- Funny Freeze Frames.
Austin = Middle School: My Brother Is a Big Fat Liar! by James Patterson & Lisa Papademetriou
Carson = Galactic Hot Dogs: Cosmoe's Wiener Getaway by Max Brallier (This was an ARC. The book will be published May 5, 2015.)
Emily = The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Houston = Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Ivy = Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn
J.P. = Kingdom Keepers: The Insider by Ridley Pearson
Jessica = At Your Service by Jen Malone
Miss Katie Jane = My Near-Death Adventures: 99% True! by Alison DeCamp
Liam = Honey by Sarah Weeks
Maya = Big Nate: From the Top by Lincoln Peirce
Sawyer = Wings of Fire: The Brightest Night by Tui T. Sutherland
This Just In!, our book club for grades 4-6, will resume in September. But that doesn't mean you should quit reading new books! Keep up with the latest releases by checking the library's Goodreads account. They will look wonderful on your summer reading log. Summer Reading 2015 begins mid-May, and the theme is Every Hero Has a Story. Details coming soon!