What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Insatiable Readers – Favorite Sports: Sweat or Strategy? July 2017
The library’s Readers’ Group discussed Favorite Sports on Saturday, July 15. The titles presented are listed below.
Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams
Alone in Antarctica by Felicity Aston
Up Your Game! By Gary Belsky and Neil Fine
Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry
Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis
Still Life with Brook Trout by John Gierach
The Games by David Goldblatt
A Graphic History of Sport by Andrew Janik
Thousand-Miler by Melanie Radzicki McManus
The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers
Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aaron Ralston
Tribal by Diane Roberts
The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci
String Theory by David Foster Wallace
The Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb
ESPN’s 30 for 30 www.espn.com/30for30/
Feed your need for great nonfiction titles and bookish conversations! Join us in the Plaza Reading Room on Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. for “A Year in the Life: People Will Try Anything for a Year!” There will be free coffee and lots of reading fun!
A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules.
In a busy robot town
bots begin to power down.
All except for Bitty Bot!
Documentary Screening: Mad Hot Ballroom
Join us for a fun and lively showing of the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom! Follow the journey of sixty fourth and fifth graders from New York City as they work together until they can out dance most adults. Over the course of ten weeks, these kids learn the foxtrot and the tango to compete in a citywide competition. This film, distributed by Paramount Vantage (formerly Paramount Classics), won the audience award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The movie has showtimes at 2 and 6:30 pm on Monday, August 14th. We offer free admission and refreshments and would love to see you there!
Would you like to practice your dance moves before the documentary? Check out these!
Tango (DVD) 793.3 YOU
Picture yourself dancing: step by step instruction for ballroom, Latin, country and more by Shawn and Joanna Trautman 793.3 TRA
Gimme Those Green Pants
We all have that piece of clothing or that accessory that makes us feel invincible. For me, it was my Wonder Woman underoos. For my sister, it was her "bell" dress -- a dress with a swirly skirt that had a bell pinned to the inside. What was it for YOU? And what is it for the star of our feature story?
Green Pants by Kenneth Kraegel
E KRA NEW BOOK
Jameson really loves green pants, when he wears them he can do anything. But when he is invited to be in his cousin's wedding, he is torn. He really wants to be in the wedding, but he would have to wear a tuxedo, a black tuxedo. So what will he do? Will he brave the black pants and be in the wedding? Or will he stick to his green pants? It is a tough decision. A really tough decision. AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRGH!!!
Kick Off Kindergarten
Who's ready for a party just for kids starting kindergarten? I am! Me too! Don't forget me! Sounds like everybody's ready for Kick Off Kindergarten on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. This event is just for kindergarteners and their caregivers. We will be celebrating this major milestone with a series of fun activities inspired by the school day.
Art - Create an apple for teacher.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Science - Take part in our screaming balloon experiment.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.
Storytime - Make poetry come alive as you act out I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor.
Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive and a stamp on the hand as they leave. And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2030 photo booth. You do not have to register for this event. Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.
Two Burach Giraffes
I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach (February 14, 2017)
E BUR NEW BOOK
Grab the best seat in the house with this funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair! Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?
Watch the book trailer!
There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach (February 23, 2016)
In this debut picture book, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!
Watch the book trailer!
The Ends of the World
It's THE ENDS OF THE WORLD as we know it.
The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall
This is the thrilling conclusion to The Conspiracy of Us, the romantic adventure series that TeenVogue.com calls, a “Da Vinci Code-style thriller for teens.” Power balances on a knife’s edge. Destiny is uncertain. And love is the most terrifying thing of all. The Circle of Twelve is not who Avery though they were. Neither is Avery. Her mother is dead. Betrayal and attraction and history have tangled the strings that bind her, Jack, and Stellan. And now, Avery and her friends must put aside their own problems and focus on putting a stop to the most dangerous conspiracy of all. From London to Russia to Egypt, from the chill of underground crypts to the flash of paparazzi cameras, Avery West will finally have to confront whether her fate means salvation–or destruction.
Discover Fred Koehler
Discover Fred Koehler! This up-and-coming illustrator is definitely worth knowing!
Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Julie Stenberg
E STE NEW BOOK
What happens a family with a young child is given a brand new puppy? Twice the chaos and twice the cuddles in the most adorable mayhem that’s ever been in print.
This Book Is Not About Dragons by Shelly Moore Thomas
It isn’t, okay. So stop asking if there are any dragons in this book. Because there aren’t.
One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
Winner of a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, One Day, The End tells a series of connected stories much in the way a kid would actually tell a story to a grown-up – just the facts with all the juicy parts left out. Fortunately for readers, the truth comes out in the illustrations. Kids will love to read aloud the simple text and get lost in the fun of the stories behind the stories.
How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
Little Jumbo just can’t understand why his dad is having such a bad day. It couldn’t be the raisins Little Jumbo spit out at the ceiling or the bath he refused to take–after all, Little Jumbo’s dad knew he hated raisins and had already taken a bath that week! Luckily, Little Jumbo is such a thoughtful elephant that he decides to turn his dad’s bad day around with some of his–ahem, his dad’s–favorite things.
Super Jumbo by Fred Koehler
It's another romp with Little Jumbo, the most adorable elephant ever! When Little Jumbo encounters an entire neighborhood in need of heroic helping hand, what could possibly go wrong?