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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!

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Food Dudes

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Celebrate Australia

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

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It's true!  I live in Alabama, and I'm crazy about the author Rita Williams-Garcia!  Her books about the Gaither sisters are a joy to read or listen to.  (The audiobook reader, Sisi Aisha Johnson, is excellent!)  Their third and newest adventure is called Gone Crazy in Alabama.  The Gaither sisters are about to learn what it's like to be fish out of water as they travel from the streets of Brooklyn to the rural South for the summer of a lifetime. Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother, Big Ma, and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

Don't forget to read the first two adventures!

  1. One Crazy Summer 
    2011 Coretta Scott King Award Winner
    2011 Newbery Honor Book
    2011 Scott O’Dell Prize for Historical Fiction
    2010 National Book Award Finalist
  2. P.S. Be Eleven
    2014 Coretta Scott King Award Winner

     

Suzanne Young has created a compelling series about a difficult topic.

First, there was The Program.  When suicide becomes a worldwide epidemic, the only treatment erases painful memories.  Seventeen-year-old Sloane doesn't want The Program to steal memories of her dead brother and boyfriend.  That would be a fate worse than death.

Then, there was The Treatment.  Sloane considers taking The Treatment to unlock her memories, which she hopes will help her bring down The Program.

Tomorrow, there's The Remedy.  This stand-alone prequel helps set the stage for other two titles.

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

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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.

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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."

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I've Got the Blues

I am going to see Blue Man Group at the BJCC tonight!  I cannot wait!  I also cannot quit thinking about blue things.  If you read any of the books listed on this blog, you'll have the same problem.

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

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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!

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