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Opportunities to Shine

We have a couple of teen events headed your way.  Go ahead and add them to your already busy schedule.

Saturday, October 5, 2019
11 am - 4 pm

Receive community service for helping the library with a service project. Grades 8-12.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019 at 6:30 pm

Inspired by the show, we're decorating desserts based on a surprise theme.  Can you decorate the best?  Grades 7-12.  Register online or by phone (444-7826) beginning 10/01.

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This Blog Has Gone to the Dogs

Big and Little: A Story of Opposites by Cheryl Pilgrim
Dog vs. Ultra Dog by Troy Wilson
Dogs and Their People by Anne Lambelet
Hats Are NOT for Cats! by Jacqueline K. Rayner
I Am a Wolf by Kelly Lee Miller
Let's Have a Dog Party! by Mikela Prevost
The Peculiar Pig by Joy Steuerwald
Sheep Dog and Sheep Sheep by Eric Barclay
Stubby: A True Story of Friendship by Michael Foreman
Wake Up, Color Pup by Taia Morley

Dolley the Fire Dog by Lisa Gerry
Tiger the Police Dog by Lisa Gerry

Katt vs. Dogg by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein
Ruff vs. Fluff by Spencer Quinn
Stick Dog Gets the Tacos by Tom Watson
Toby's Story: A Dog's Purpose Puppy Tale by W. Bruce Cameron

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8 Ways Parents Discourage Their Kids from Reading

Are you thinking you've surely misread the title of this blog?  That there's no way in the world you or any other parents would ever discourage their kid from reading?  I'm afraid it happens, often without you even knowing it!  Have you ever accidentally done one of these things to discourage YOUR child?

1. Having the wrong books
It’s highly unlikely your children will read unless they have access to books at their reading level and books about things in which they are interested.

2. Having limited access to books
Borrow lots of books from the library. Not just one or two books — borrow thirty. Flood your house with books. Then leave them in different rooms and piles so they’re easily accessible.

3. Only reading aloud to our littles
Research shows that reading aloud to kids is the best thing you can do to improve their literacy skills, not to mention that it motivates them to read on their own. Plus, you’ll get the opportunity to read amazing chapter books that can inspire discussion and bonding.

4. Not letting them choose their books
Kids want to read books that they get to pick out themselves. That’s not to say you can’t advise on picking a good book, show them how to pick a just-right book, or even model reading the back cover or jacket flap of a book — but being able to actually choose the book themselves predisposes them to want to read that book.

5. Offering nonsense early reader books
Many early readers are asked to read easy phonics books that are mind-numbingly boring. Boring because these books have no plot thread whatsoever. So the kid sits and strings words together, missing the whole point of reading: the narrative and exposition. Not only that, the child becomes uninterested and frustrated. So try to find easy readers that actually make sense.

6. Making reading punitive
We don’t want reading to become something dreadful. We want reading to be lovely and fun and rainbows and unicorns. Consider how you can reward for reading, not punish.

7. Not reading yourself
Your kids are watching your every move. Plus they copy you. So they need to see you reading regularly.

8. Not having any time to read
What is your daily schedule like? It’s critical that kids have unscheduled time every day for reading as well as relaxing.

[excerpted from Melissa Taylor's Brightly article]

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It's Math Storytelling Day!

Hip-hip-hooray!  It's Math Storytelling Day!  This unusual holiday is observed annually on September 25. This is a day to appreciate all the ways math enhances our daily lives.  It's a great opportunity to get children excited about math through stories that include logic, patterns, puzzles, and numbers.  Here are some of my favorite new books that pair perfectly with this celebration.

How to Two by David Soman (03/19/19)

A quiet day at the playground turns into a boisterous park-wide adventure as one boy on the slide becomes two kids on the see-saw, then three jumping rope. Before long, ten new friends are playing like they've known one another forever.  With its deceptively simple text and a rich visual narrative, How to Two is a playful counting and reverse-counting concept book as well as an exuberant celebration of inclusive play, friendship, and community.

Now What?: A Math Tale by Robie H. Harris (05/14/19)
Puppy wants to build a bed out of blocks, one that is wide enough and long enough for a snooze. But there aren’t enough rectangles, squares, and triangles. NOW WHAT? Build, measure, count, compare! Follow along as Puppy tries again and again and again and finally figures out how blocks of different shapes and sizes can fit together to build a bed that’s just the right size for a nap.

Solving for M by Jennifer Swender (05/28/19)
When Mika starts fifth grade at the middle school, her neat life gets messy. Separated from old friends and starting new classes, Mika is far from her comfort zone. And math class is the most confusing of all, especially when her teacher Mr. Vann assigns math journals. Art in math? Who's ever heard of such a thing?  But when challenges arise at home, Mika realizes there are no easy answers. Maybe, with some help from friends, family, and one unique teacher, a math journal can help her work out problems, and not just the math ones.

Spend It! by Cinder McLeod (03/05/19)
Sonny gets three whole carrots a week for his allowance and wants to buy everything with it! But he soon discovers his money won't go that far, and his mom tells him he needs to make some choices. That doesn't sound like much fun to Sonny, especially when he learns that the bouncy castle he's been eyeing goes for ONE HUNDRED carrots. Ridiculous! But eventually, after a little math and a little more thinking, he has a blast discovering what's really important to him and worth spending his carrots on.

Tangled: A Story About Shapes by Anne Miranda (06/25/19)
When the neighborhood shapes go climbing on the park jungle gym the last thing they expect is a tangle. First the circle, next the triangle and then the square. One by one soon all sixteen shapes are trapped. They push and pull and tumble and cry for help. Who will save them? One special shape can set the others free. Can you guess which one it is? This charming story makes learning the names of sixteen shapes as easy as a day in the park.

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Born to Fly

Steve Sheinkin, I love you.  And I'm not alone.  So I won't be selfish and try to keep you all to myself.  I will share you with the rest of our eager readers.

Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (09/24/19)
Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.  These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying, expertly told by the master of nonfiction history for young readers.

Watch the book trailer, which includes historical footage of the featured aviators.

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Fall into STEAM

Jump into autumn with Miss Emma at our next Full Steam Ahead.  You'll "Fall" into STEAM on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. with these seasonal sensations:

Learn why leaves change color, then create leaf artwork.
Build catapults and launch mini pumpkins.
Build a structure using toothpicks and candy pumpkins.

This event is designed for kids who are 6-12 years old.  You have to reserve your spot, so go online or give us a call (444-7830) beginning 09/24/19.

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Banned Books Week 2019: Censorship Keeps Us in the Dark. Leave the Light On.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.  The official celebration is September 22-28, 2019, but we at Hoover Public Library want to honor it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Maybe it's better to view this BBW as a kick-off for Banned Books Year!  There are many ways you can take part.   Choosing a book you want to read is one way.  Choosing a book that some people don't want you to be able to choose is another way.  You can find the top 11 challenged books of 2018 (yes, this past year couldn't be narrowed down to 10) on ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom Website.  If you want more creative ways of participating, you can find suggestions by clicking on the first three words in this blog.  They link you to the official BBW website.  One way I honor BBW every year is to wear a different button every day.  Some of them are official BBW merchandise from past years.  They feature slogans.  This year's slogan is Censorship Keeps Us in the Dark.  Leave the Light On.  Others focus on the power of reading diversely.  I now have so many buttons I may have to double up (or triple up) over each of the seven days.  What a great problem to have!

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Using Wordless Picture Books

This blog is excerpted from a guide received at a national library conference this past summer.   I'm a huge fan of wordless books (one of my degrees is in speech-language pathology), so I wanted to help spread the word.  But none of these words are actually mine.  They belong to Myra Zarnowski, a professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, CUNY.  But the booklist at the end?  That's all me.

With wordless picture books, readers take an active part in bringing each story to life by combining the visual storytelling techniques and clues provided by the artist with their own words.  This format allows readers to find clues, make discoveries, fill in gaps in information, and revise ideas.  Share these activities with your young readers to help them discover the joys of inspiring, playful, and engaging wordless picture books.

1. Predict what the book is about.  Examine the paper cover (front and back), the cover flaps, and the title page.  What information can you find?  Based on this information, make a prediction.  When you finish reading the book, see if you were correct.
2. Examine the pictures on each page.  Then tell the story in your own words.
3. After telling the story, discuss the story elements: character, setting, plot, and big idea.
4. Think about how you came up with your storyline.  What clues did you find in the pictures to support your ideas?
5. Describe your experience reading a wordless picture book.
6. Why do you think the author chose to write a wordless book?  Why do you think the story might change depending on who is reading it?
7. Continue the story that takes place in the wordless picture book.  What do YOU think happens next?
8. Draw your own wordless story.  What was the most challenging part?  What was the most exciting?
9. Read another wordless picture book.  Here are some of my favorites!

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
The Boy & the Airplane by Mark Pett
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Draw! by Raúl Colón
The Fisherman and the Whale by Jessica Lanan
Float by Daniel Miyares
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Girl & the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Imagine! by Raúl Colón
Lines by Suzy Lee
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Magpie Magic by April Wilson
Sign Off by Stephen Savage
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares
Wave by Suzy Lee
Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage

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How to Be a Lion

You may think this is a blog about how to be ferocious.  In fact, it's the opposite. 

Ed Vere has created a delightful picture book called How to Be a Lion.  The star of the story is Leonard.  He enjoys taking long walks, feeling the warmth of the sun, and hanging out on his thinking hill. He daydreams and writes poems and loves spending time with his best friend Marianne, a duck.  A pack of roaring, growling lion bullies tell him there's only one way to be a lion.  Leonard contemplates their words and, with an infusion of strength and courage from his friend Marianne, finds a way to stand up to his bullies . . . in his own way.

This really is a must-read for everyone.  I also highly recommend taking a look at the Brightly article: How to Be a Lion Is a Lovely Lesson in Being True to Yourself by Jennifer Garry.

Watch the story read aloud online.  You can take a look at the PV Storytime version or the Milkshake! version.

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The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade

Max Brallier's Last Kids on Earth book series is now a Netflix Original series!  And the fifth title came out today!  It's good to be Max Brallier right about now.  Read on if you can't wait to find out what the future holds for Jack and his friends.  If you're new to the series, stop right here.  Spoilers ahead!

The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade (09/17/19)
Surviving their first winter after the Monster Apocalypse was no easy feat, yet Jack and his buddies waste no time springing to action against some of the nastiest, most evil monsters around. When Jack discovers his Louisville Slicer has new, otherworldly powers, he's thrown into epic training to find out what kind of destruction the blade can wield. But between fighting off zombies, fleeing from strange, glowy Vine-Thingies erupting from the ground, and squeezing in a video game session or two, there's barely time left to figure out what's wrong with their buddy, Dirk, who's been acting weird any time he's around the undead. When an unexpected villain appears, can Jack and his friends save themselves--and the rest of the world--from cosmic domination?

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