What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
M.I.Y. = Make It Yourself
Our makerspace will be open again on Wednesday, October 28, 2015 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. for M.I.Y. Slime Science. Makers will use kitchen ingredients for two projects -- colorful slime and a bouncy ball. Only 15 kids (ages 7 and up) are able to participate at a time, but we will be rotating kids throughout the two-hour session. Miss Mary Ann and Miss Karen will be on hand to assist.
Upcoming M.I.Y. project
Recycled Book Craft
Wednesday, December 2, 2015
Red Girl, Blue Boy
The If Only romance line centers around an impossible problem: you always want what you can't have! And the newest title may present the most impossible boundary ever . . . politics!
Red Girl, Blue Boy by Lauren Baratz-Logsted
Sixteen-year-old Katie and Drew really shouldn't get along. After all, her father is the Republican nominee for President of the United States while his mother is at the top of the Democratic ticket. But when Katie and Drew are thrown together in a joint interview on a morning talk show, they can't ignore the chemistry between them. With an entire nation tuned into and taking sides in your parents' fight, and the knowledge that--ultimately--someone has to lose, how can you fall in love with the one person you're supposed to hate? This is a frank and funny romance that shows how sparks fly when opposites attract.
Other If Only Novels
Fool Me Twice by Mandy Hubbard (ebook available)
Just Like the Movies by Kelly Fiore (ebook available)
Not in the Script by Amy Finnegan (ebook available)
Wild Hearts by Jessica Burkhart
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae (ebook available)
TJI: Pixel Remix
Our October meeting of This Just In!, the new-books book club for grades 4-6, was small but packed full of fun. And everyone earned an awesome nickname, inspired by their books and our general discussion. Then we made Pixel Remix book covers to advertise our titles. They are reminiscent of the Minecraft world . . . or old-school Super Mario Bros.
Austin (Doc Gel-Flow) = The Classroom: When Nature Calls, Hang Up! by Robin Mellom
Carlie (H.P. Bingo) = Boxcar Children #140: The Mystery at the Calgary Stampede created by Gertrude Chandler Warner
Carson (No Twerskiss) = Finding the Worm by Mark Goldblatt
Jessica (Marshmallow Godmother) = The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer
J. P. (Mayor Potato) = The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Miss Katie Jane = Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones
Our next meeting will be Monday, November 16, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. We'd love to have even more readers join our group, and it's really easy to do. Simply read a book published in the last six months. You can stop by our NEW BOOKS section if you need help finding the perfect title. We do ask that you register online or by phone (444-7830). And don't forget to bring your book to the meeting!
Find out about Puffin Pixels, a collection of classic titles featuring 8-bit pixelated cover art in the style of vintage and contemporary video games.
Thank a Vet!: 2015 Poster Contest
Our annual Veteran's Week festivities will be here before you know it, and we need your help! We need some amazing poster salutes for our Thank a Vet! poster contest. Please follow the guidelines posted on our website. Pay close attention to the submission deadline. All entries must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Thursday, October 29, 2015. The winning posters will be displayed along the hallway during Veteran's Week 2015. Their creators will be presented with a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble (courtesy of the Friends of the Library) at the City Council meeting on Monday, November 16 at 6 p.m.
Teen Read Week 2015
Teen Read Week is October 18-24, 2015. This year's theme is Get Away @ Your Library. Does that mean you have to read books about vacations and road trips? No. Does it mean you must read thrillers about escaping from crazed killers? No. Does it mean you should read books about teens in foreign countries? No. You can read WHATEVER YOU WANT. It's YOUR WEEK. But, if you need a few suggestions, I'm here to help. Here are some of the newest YA titles I have recently read and enjoyed. Hope you can find some time to get away and read them.
Code of Honor by Alan Gratz
When Iranian-American Kamran Smith learns that his big brother, Darius, has been labelled a terrorist, he sets out to piece together the codes and clues that will save his brother's life and his country from a deadly terrorist attack.
13 Days of Midnight by Leo Hunt
When Luke Manchett's estranged father dies suddenly, he leaves his son a dark inheritance: a Host of eight unique, powerful, and restless spirits. Unfortunately, Luke has no clue how to manage them, which the ghosts figure out pretty quickly.
Out of Darkness by Ashley Hope Peréz
Loosely based on a school explosion that took place in New London, Texas in 1937, this is the story of two teenagers: Naomi, who is Mexican, and Wash, who is black, and their dealings with race, segregation, love, and the forces that destroy people.
A Little in Love by Susan E. Fletcher
Eponine, the street girl from Les Misérables, tells the story of her life and her unrequited love for Marius, which ultimately leads to her death on the barricades during the short-lived rebellion of June 1832.
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Sixteen-year-old, not-so-openly-gay Simon Spier is blackmailed into playing wingman for his classmate or else his sexual identity--and that of his pen pal--will be revealed.
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes
A handless teen escapes from a cult, only to find herself in juvenile detention and suspected of knowing who murdered her cult leader.
The Last Leaves Falling by Sarah Benwell
In Japan, teenaged Abe Sora, who is afflicted with "Lou Gehrig's Disease," finds friends online and elicits their help to end his suffering.
It's Alive!!! -- Our Monster-Sized Halloween Party
Our extremely EPIC Halloween party is just around the corner! And this year, we're paying homage to the spooky classics. It's Alive! will take over the entire library on Friday, October 23 at 7 p.m. We'll have a section for Scooby-Doo and his clue-tracking crew, Hotel Transylvania, Monsters Inc, Goosebumps, and classic monster movie characters. You can wear a costume or come as yourself. You'll want to experience as much of the spooky fun as you can, so here's a quick run-down to help you plan for the big night.
THEATRE LEVEL = GOOSEBUMPS
1. The bravest of the brave will enter the Hall of Horrors.
2. Make werewolf gloves with the Wolfman. It will be a howlin' good time.
3. Engage in a snowball fight with a Yeti.
4. Take ring-toss revenge on lawn gnomes.
5. Enjoy a short movie break with Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman . . . and snacks (if you keep your head).
PLAZA = CLASSIC MONSTERS
1. Meet Dr. Frankenstein and his monster . . . and his monster's bride.
2. Dance to Thriller with Zombie Michael Jackson.
3. Be sure you don't draw blood during the vampire scratch craft.
4. Make a mummy cookie. And, if you have room, eat ghost popcorn, sandwitches, and vampire cupcakes. Wash it all down with Frankenjuice.
KID ZONE = MONSTERS INC, HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA, & SCOOBY-DOO
1. Sully will grade you on your scaring abilities as you make your way through the Scare Course.
2. Mike Wazowski will make sure you look like a proper monster (though not as good-looking as him).
3. The characters from Hotel Transylvania will give a rock concert. I bet you'll do the mash. You'll do the Monster Mash.
4. Make a glow-in-the-dark beaded bat necklace with Mavis.
5. Scooby and Shaggy will guide you through the Haunted Forest. Use your flashlights to track footprints through the dark.
6. Earn a Scooby snack at the Scooby toss.
7. Meet Daphne, Velma, and Fred. And don't forget Johnny, their new Hotel Transylvania friend.
DON'T MISS THESE EXTRAS!
1. Airbrush tattoo artist in the Movies & Music area of Fiction
2. Facepainting at the end of the main hallway
3. Selfie photobooth in the Teen Spot
Goosebumps -- Are You Prepared to Be Scared?
R.L. Stine has been giving kids nightmares for years with his Goosebumps book series. It happened to me (much to my sister's delight), and it happens to the kids I currently help find scary books at the Hoover Public Library. The books inspired a TV show in the 1990s, and the DVDs of those episodes still fly off the shelves. Especially at this time of year. Especially with the new movie hitting the big screen this weekend. Goosebumps stars Jack Black and features many of the classic monsters from the series -- the Haunted Mask, Murder the Clown, Slappy the Dummy, evil lawn gnomes, graveyard ghouls. How are they weaving together so many of the Goosebump books into one plotline? Read on.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah, living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud , and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R.L. Stine, the author of the best-selling Goosebumps series. It turns out there's a reason that Stine is so strange. He is a prisoner of his own imagination -- the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping them locked up in their books. When Zach unintentionally unleashes the monsters from their manuscripts and they begin to terrorize the town, it's suddenly up to Stine, Zach, and Hannah to get all of them back in the books where they belong.
Where can you find Goosebumps in the Hoover Public Library?
Find the books under J STI and J GOO GRAPHIC NOVEL.
Find the DVDs under G. (If they aren't on the shelf, check the Jeepers Creepers DVD spinner.)
The Story of Diva & Flea
The Story of Diva and Flea is an illustrated chapter book collaboration between the monumental Mo Willems and the terrific Tony DiTerlizzi. Diva, a small yet brave dog, and Flea, a curious streetwise cat, develop an unexpected friendship in this unforgettable tale of discovery set in Paris, France. Ooh la la!
Stuart Gibbs Does It Again
Stuart Gibbs has written several excellent mystery series. One of the series features Teddy Fitzroy, a young detective with a heart for animals. He solves mysteries at an animal-focused tourist attraction called FunJungle. In the first book, Belly Up, Teddy is trying to figure out who murdered their mascot Henry the Hippo. In Poached, Teddy is trying to clear his own name when Kazoo the Koala goes missing. Now Teddy Fitzroy is facing his toughest case yet in Big Game.
When someone takes aim at Rhonda Rhino, FunJungle’s pregnant (and endangered) white rhinoceros, the zoo steps up security measures in order to protect this rare animal and her baby. But the extra security isn’t enough—someone is still getting too close for comfort. Teddy starts to suspect that whoever is after Rhonda is really after her horn, which is worth a lot of money on the black market. For the first time ever, the head of the zoo enlists Teddy for help—for once, he doesn’t have to sneak around in order to investigate—and the results are even more wacky, and even more dangerous, than ever before.
Eric Carle Nonsense
Eric Carle is one of the most beloved picture book creators of all time. For years, children have devoured The Very Hungry Caterpillar. They've reached for Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me. How will they react to his newest title, The Nonsense Show? They'll laugh at the strange and the downright preposterous. A mouse catching a cat? Ducks growing out of bananas?! And they'll be forced to think. What's true? What's impossible? The Nonsense Show will spark creativity and imagination and prepare children for a lifetime of loving both words and art.
The Nonsense Show is a wonderful introduction to surrealism. If you love it (and you will), you should look at The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Eric Carle's homage to expressionism and the artist Franz Marc.