What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Return of the Candymakers
The first delicious helping:
The Candymakers by Wendy Mass (2010)
In the town of Spring Haven, four children have been selected to compete in the national candymaking contest of a lifetime. Who will make a candy more delicious than the Oozing Crunchorama or the Neon Yellow Lightning Chew? Logan, the candymaker's son, who can detect the color of chocolate by feel alone? Miles, the boy allergic to rowboats and the color pink? Daisy, the cheerful girl who can lift a fifty-pound lump of taffy as if it were a feather? Philip, the suit-and-tie-wearing boy who's always scribbling in a secret notebook? This sweet, charming, and cleverly crafted story, told from each contestant's perspective, is filled with mystery, friendship, and juicy revelations.
The second scrumptious helping:
The Candymakers and the Great Chocolate Chase (August 2, 2016)
It has been a few months since the __________ was chosen as the winner of the nationwide candymaking contest. Forever changed by the experience, Logan, Miles, Philip, and Daisy have returned to their regular lives. But when presented with the chance to go on tour to promote the new candy, they each have very different reasons for hitting the road. The stakes are a lot higher than they thought, however, and a decades-old secret is revealed. In this action-packed adventure, the four friends embark on a journey full of hidden treasures, imaginary worlds, rivers of light, a map of awe, a sky of many colors, and one very small cat who thinks he's a dog. And candy. LOTS and LOTS of candy. [Note: This description has been altered to prevent plot spoilers for those of you who haven't read the first book yet. You're welcome.]
Captured Sports History
Can iconic photographs of sporting events help people better understand their world? Yes they can. This new series turns an eye to transformational moments in sports and the iconic images that were viewed around the world. Combining biography, history, media literacy and sports, these books detail both the initial reactions to the photos and why the images still resonate today. Read all four!
- Daring Play: How a Courageous Jackie Robinson Transformed Baseball by Michael Burgan
On and off the field, Jackie Robinson never backed down from a challenge. The baseball legend broke Major League Baseball’s color barrier in 1947, changing the sport forever. It was eight years later that a photo of him stealing home during the 1955 World Series became one of the most famous images from his historic career. The iconic photo of his daring base running seemed to sum up the way Robinson lived his life. He acted on his own, doing what he thought was right. He took risks. He used his talents the best way he knew how. And he made baseball—and the world—a better place.
- Massacre in Munich: How Terrorists Changed the Olympics and the World by Don Nardo
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An attack at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games would produce one of the defining images of international terrorism. The chilling photo of a hooded man peering from a balcony in the Olympic Village would be viewed worldwide as a horrific symbol of global terrorism. The man wearing a mask with cutout slits for his eyes was a member of the Palestinian terrorist group Black September. He and his fellow terrorists had seized 11 members of the Israeli Olympic delegation and were holding them hostage. They would kill them all as the tragedy unfolded. What had been dubbed the “happy Olympics” would be forever remembered as the Munich massacre. The Olympics would never the same.
- Miracle on Ice: How a Stunning Upset United a Country by Michael Burgan
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The mighty Soviets were the favorites to win hockey gold at the 1980 Winter Olympics. But a team of U.S. college players had other ideas. The stunning upset of the Soviet hockey team by the young Americans has been called the greatest moment in international hockey. And to many people the victory was about much more than sports. Americans had gone through difficult times at home and abroad. Beating the best hockey team in the world—and its major Cold War rival—gave Americans a sense of pride. One iconic photo captured the impact of that “miraculous” historic event.
- What a Kick: How a Clutch World Cup Win Propelled Women's Soccer by Emma Carlson Berne
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It was the biggest event in the history of women’s sports. And for the Americans, it came down to five kicks. After regulation play and two overtimes in the final game of the 1999 women’s World Cup soccer match, the score was 0-0. Penalty kicks would decide the world champion. The Chinese and the Americans would each pick five players. One kick per player. With the score tied 4-4, the Americans had one more chance to win it all. Brandi Chastain was up. If she made her kick, the Americans would win the World Cup. Success! After her winning goal, Chastain dropped to the turf, whipped off her jersey, and screamed with joy. The photo of the triumphant female athlete would circle the globe. Twenty-seven years after Title IX, the world now knew that women’s sports had arrived. The victory was more than the end of a soccer game. It was the end of a crusade to prove that women’s sports should be taken as seriously as men’s. What a win!
National Park Service Centennial
The National Park Service includes 59 parks encompassing 84 million acres. That, in itself, is worth celebrating. But this summer also marks their centennial. I can't improve on the official description of this momentous event, so I won't. "The National Park Service turns 100 on August 25, 2016, and everyone can take part in the celebration! The centennial will kick off a second century of stewardship of America's national parks and engaging communities through recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs. We invite you to find your park and discover the national parks and programs in your own backyard!" What I CAN do is help our readers find the right books and online information to properly celebrate. All the books listed in this blog are available right here at Hoover Public Library. If you'd rather browse the web than the shelves, check out the official websites of the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.
The Camping Trip That Changed America: Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Our National Parks by Barb Rosenstock (2012)
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Offers insight into the camping trip that President Theodore Roosevelt and naturalist John Muir took to the redwoods of Yosemite in 1903, during which the two men had experiences and conversations that eventually contributed to the establishment of national parks in the United States.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park by Santana Hunt (2016)
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Part of Road Trip: National Parks series. Through full-color photographs, readers travel to the heights of Clingmans Dome and around the hundreds of miles of hiking trails that wind through the park.
National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks by Erin McHugh (2012)
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Organized alphabetically by state, this book takes readers on a whirlwind trip to 75 locations, including Denali National Park, Hot Springs National Park, Everglades National Park, Fort McHenry, White Mountain National Forest, Ellis Island, the Blue Ridge Parkway, Zion National Park, Block Island National Wildlife Refuge, Mt. Hood National Forest, and many more. Also included are dozens of activities, such as quizzes, word and picture hunts, and car games.
National Parks Guide U.S.A. by Sarah Wassner Flynn & Julie Beer (2016)
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A centennial celebration of America's National Parks shares kid-friendly introductions to popular destinations from Acadia to Zion, providing color photos, wildlife facts, engaging details, maps, activity suggestions and conservation tips.
Our Great Big Backyard by Laura Bush & Jenna Bush Hager (2016)
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Follow Jane, whose plans of spending the summer playing video games with her friends are dashed when her parents announce that her family is going on a road trip to national parks around the country. Yet somewhere between the Everglades and Big Bend National Park, things begin to change. Jane starts paying attention to the magnificent sights and spends less time looking at her screen. The stunning views open up her imagination as she and her brother see everything that nature has to offer. And the more Jane discovers, the more she realizes how much there is to love about the outdoors--whether she's in a national park across the country or right in her own backyard.
Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard by Mary Kay Carson (2014)
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America's National Parks are protected places and have become living museums for as many as 270 million visitors per year! In addition, researchers are able to perform long term studies of a wide number of subjects from salamanders the size of thumbnails to gigantic geothermal geysers. These parks are natural laboratories for scientists. Did you know that Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming sits on top of an active (and very large) volcano? This volcano is monitored and studied on a daily basis, not only as a means of protection (though it seems a long way off from erupting) but also as a way of understanding how the environment changes and influences what goes on deep underground. The scientists profiled in The Park Scientists also study grizzly bears in Yellowstone, the majestic Sagauro catci in Arizona, and fireflies in Tennessee -- and suggest many ways for the average reader of any age to help out. The emphasis here is twofold: the great science that happens everyday in these important, protected spaces, and the fact that you can visit all of them and participate in the research.
Take a Hike, Teddy Roosevelt! by Frank Murphy (2015)
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A Step 3 Step into Reading Biography Reader about Teddy Roosevelt and his efforts to protect our environment and establish national parks. Teddy battled asthma all his life, and the list of things he shouldn't do was long. But when people told him "you can't," he set about proving them wrong.
A Weird and Wild Beauty: The Story of Yellowstone, The World's First National Park by Erin Peabody (2016)
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The summer of 1871, a team of thirty-two men set out on the first scientific expedition across Yellowstone. Through uncharted territory, some of the day's most renowned scientists and artists explored, sampled, sketched, and photographed the region's breathtaking wonders--from its white-capped mountain vistas and thundering falls to its burping mud pots and cauldrons of molten magma. At the end of their adventure, the survey packed up their specimens and boarded trains headed east, determined to convince Congress that the country needed to preserve the land from commercial development. They returned with 'stories of wonder hardly short of fairy tales,' to quote the New York Times. With the support of conservationists such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Frederick Law Olmsted, and John Muir, the importance of a national park was secured. On March 1, 1872, Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone Park Bill into law. It set aside over two million acres of one-of-a-kind wilderness as 'a great national park for the benefit and enjoyment of people.' This important and fascinating book will introduce young adults to the astonishing adventure that led to 'the best idea America ever had.' Today over 130 countries have copied the Yellowstone model, and billions of acres of critical habitat and spectacular scenery are being preserved for all of us to enjoy.
Star Wars Jedi Academy: A New Class
Did you think the Star Wars Jedi Academy series was over just because Rowan graduated? Good news! You were wrong! Jeffrey Brown has passed the writing/drawing pen to Jarrett J. Krosoczka for book #4, Star Wars Jedi Academy: A New Class !
Victor Starspeeder is psyched to be starting school at the Jedi Academy. His sister, Christina does not share an enthusiasm for Victor's newfound educational path. She's horrified that her annoying baby brother will be there to cramp her style. While Victor means well, his excess energy leads him to spend a lot of time in detention with the little, green sage, Yoda. Yoda wants to channel Victor's talents, so he makes the young Padawan join the drama club. Victor is not pleased. "Learn to control your anger, you must! Successfully manage their emotions, a good Jedi can. Box step and jazz hands ... hee hee ... young Padawan will!" Victor will have to make new friends, get on his sister's good side, learn to use the force, and hope the year's drama club performance (Wookie Side Story ? Annie Get Your Lightsaber ?) goes off without a hitch!
Harry Potter Birthday Bash
Have you heard about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child? It's a play about Harry as an adult. It was always difficult being Harry Potter, and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children. While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places. The play will debut in London on July 30, 2016. The bound script will go on sale to the public on July 31. It's pretty big news in the world of Harry Potter. But I have even BIGGER news. The Hoover Public Library will be hosting a Harry Potter Birthday Bash on Sunday, July 31, 2016 at 4 p.m. Yes, it is a celebration of his new book, but it is also in honor of both Harry's birthday and his first book. Our party will take you back to Harry's first year entering Hogwarts. Get ready to reminisce as you visit Ollivander's Wand Shop, Madam Malkin's Robes for All Occasions, Flourish & Blotts Bookseller, Gringotts Bank, The Magical Menagerie, and more! Many of your favorite characters -- like Harry, Hermione, Ron, and Hagrid -- will be helping you have fun and eat cake. And, of course, you are welcome to dress up too! You do not have to register for this event. Simply follow the stars to receive your official Hogwarts letter and begin your wizarding journey.
If you'd like to check out the new book on the day it comes out, you'll need to add your name to the waiting list. We are buying lots of copies, but lots of people want to read it. So don't delay!
Historic Hot Dogs
Have you celebrated National Hot Dog Month yet? Well, get on it! These books are a good place to start. And, before you ask . . . yes. Of course hot dogs can be historic! Here's the proof.
Hot Diggity Dog: The History of the Hot Dog by Adrienne Sylver (2010)
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Garnished with hilarious illustrations and amazing "food" facts, this kid-friendly, globe spanning history of our favorite fast-food meal offers unique insight into America's multicultural heritage. From a hobo's franks-and-beans to astronaut food, there's more to the wiener--and what's for dinner--than you think.
Hot Dog!: Eleanor Roosevelt Throws a Picnic by Leslie Kimmelman (2014)
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In June of 1939, British monarchs King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit America, the first visit ever by reigning British royalty. As part of the festivities, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt hosts an all-American picnic that includes hot dogs, a menu item that shocks some people.
Read the book, saw the movie. What's Next after "Me Before You"?
Missing Will and Louisa from "Me Before You"? Jojo Moyes created memorable characters in the 2012 book and the movie released this year carried the legacy well. I was swept away by Louisa's transformation and how much I wanted to know more about her. Last year, the follow-up novel, "After You" carried the story forward. Personally, the sequel was as good as the original. I can highly recommend it. However, if you are like me and want EVEN more, I've got more titles that create wonderfully romantic and moving stories of unique individuals. All of these titles are found in the adult fiction section. First, Rowan Coleman brings us "We Are All Made of Stars" with thought-provoking and optimistic characters that we can all root for. Next, I recommend "Lily and the Octopus" by Steven Rowley. This heartbreaking, intimate novel focuses on love, loss, and grief whereas Michelle Wildgen's novel "You're Not You" focuses more on the new relationships young adults form when becoming caretakers to others confined to wheelchairs. For them, it becomes a life changing transformation. Transform your reading experience by diving into some life-affirming stories. For more suggestions, stop by the Fiction Desk and ask for me!!!
Doktor Kaboom is making an explosive return to the Hoover Library Theatre stage! His blend of theatre arts and scientific exploration will keep you riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Join us for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. REMEMBER! This is the final week of performers for Summer Reading 2016!
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 27, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 28, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests. All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff. All parties must be present to be seated. Saving seats is not allowed. Please arrive early to ensure your spot!
Need a fictitious departure from reality?
Called a "laugh-out-loud" novel of ambition and marriage and politics, Jennifer Close's "The Hopefuls" may bring a smile to those that want a break from the realities of the current election cycle. The story centers around Beth who follows her husband Matt first to Washington, D.C. and eventually Texas in pursuit of his political aspirations. At first she is willing to sacrifice everything but grows bored until the couple meet-cute another politically ambitious couple. Evangelical Ash and charismatic Jimmy become fast friends with Beth and Matt. After a time, however, Beth realizes that she's more attracted to Jimmy than her less-than-perfect husband Matt. Friendship, betrayal, hunger for power, young love -- all of MY ingredients for a great late summer beach read!!
Pro Sports by the Numbers
If you're nuts about sport stats, this new series is for you! There are four titles in Capstone's Pro Sports by the Numbers series, and each one is packed with charts, tables, timelines and other colorful infographics that give you an in-depth look at your favorite professional sport. Find them in the nonfiction section of the Kid Zone.