Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
According to my work calendar, today is United Nations Day. That made me think about all the countries that make up the UN. And how I have absolutely no idea where most of those countries are on the map. Which is totally embarrassing. Luckily, the Kid Zone has oh-so-many atlases and other cool books to help me work on my map skills. If you need help too, take a look at these.
Atlas of South America by Karen Foster (in a series)
Explore Earth's Seven Continents by Bobbie Kalman
Follow That Map!: A First Look at Mapping Skills by Scot Ritchie
Looking at Maps and Globes by Rebecca Olien
Map Scales by Mary Dodson Wade (in a series)
Maps and Geography by Ken Jennings
Maps and Mapping by Deborah Chancellor
Map My Neighborhood by Jennifer Boothroyd (in a series)
National Geographic Kids World Atlas (fourth edition)
Political Maps by Ian F. Mahaney (in a series)
Reading Maps by Rolf Sandvold
Types of Maps by Kevin Cunningham
Where on Earth? by Rob Houston
Where We Live by Susan Hoe
World Atlas by Nick Crane & David Dean
Blue Lily, Lily Blue
Maggie Stiefvater has quite a following in Hoover. I've only read one of her books, The Scorpio Races, but I enjoyed it immensely. Her most recent release is the third book in the current fan favorite, The Raven Cycle. Blue Lily, Lily Blue continues the story of Blue Sargent and the Raven Boys. If you're looking for a paranormal thriller steeped in Welsh mythology and brimming with romance, you've found what you're looking for. Just make sure you start with the first book. And, if you prefer to listen to your books, you're in luck. I have it on good authority that the audiobooks are amazing.
TJI: Literary Lego Man
It's October, so everyone has costumes on the brain. Especially our This Just In book clubbers! That's why, for this month's commericials, we each created a Literary Lego Man. We took blank Lego minifigure templates and added costumes to represent the main characters in our books. Make sure you take a look at the pictures . . . and these books.
Carlie = The Shark Whisperer by Ellen Prager
Elena = The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
J.P. = The Hero's Guide to Storming the Castle by Christopher Healey (and The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw)
Miss Katie Jane = Spirit's Key by Edith Cohn
Kira = Dork Diaries: Tales from a Not-So-Glam TV Star by Rachel Renée Russell
Koushiki = Sisters by Raina Telgemeier
Saniya = Goddess Girls: Artemis the Brave by Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Stephanie = The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (Don't miss the new picture book biography about the real Ivan!)
Will = The Surprise Attack of Jabba the Puppett by Tom Angleberger
The next meeting of This Just In will be Monday, November 17, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to join our new-books book club, simply read a book published in the last six months then bring it to the meeting to make a commercial. Registration is required. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7839). Here's a hint about next month's commercial. Tweet.