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The Amazing Race

Hoover Public Library is hosting a kid-friendly version of the popular reality TV show The Amazing Race. First, second, and third graders will race around the Kid Zone, overcoming obstacles and detours along the way. Everyone's a winner! The Amazing Race will take place on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Register online or by phone (444-7830).

AROUND THE WORLD SERIES YOU MIGHT ENJOY
Agatha, Girl of Mystery: The Curse of the Pharaoh by Steve Stevenson (#1)
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures: The Mount Rushmore Calamity by Sara Pennypacker (#1)
Greetings from Somewhere: The Mystery of the Gold Coin by Harper Paris (#1)
Living in . . . Brazil by Chloe Perkins (nonfiction series)
Race the Wild: Rain Forest Relay by Kristin Earhart (#1)
Recipe for Adventure: Naples! by Giada de Laurentiis (#1)
 

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String Is the Thing

String art is the perfect de-stressor.  Why?  Well, for one thing, you get to create pretty patterns with colorful embroidery floss.  It will calm you down while you work AND every time you look at it post-creation.  For another thing, you get to use a hammer to pound nails into wood.  It's a constructive-rather-than-destructive way to get your frustrations out.  Join us for String Art on Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  We'll provide all the supplies, including patterns for your project.  If you want to create your own design, go for it!  And, don't worry, we'll also provide snacks.  Teens in grades 7-12 can sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

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Can't wait for "Queen Sugar" on Oprah's OWN channel!

If you were lucky enough to come to Hoover's 2016 Southern Voices Festival, you were introduced to a new voice in Fiction writing, one Natalie Baszile. Her book, "Queen Sugar" is not only a pleasure to read, but will soon be coming to the small screen as a 14-episode television series on Oprah Winfrey's OWN channel beginning Tuesday, September 6, 2016. The series, starring Rutina Wesley, Dawn-Lyen Gardner, Kofi Siriboe and directed by Ava DuVernay, follows two sisters that inherit their father's 800-acre sugarcane farm in Louisiana. Proudly showcasing wonderful African-American actors and directors, this series sounds like a drama worth adding to my to-watch list. If it's half as good as the book, it will be worth my viewing time! To place a hold on a copy of Queen Sugar, follow this link: http://vulcan.bham.lib.al.us/record=b2972241 Congratulations, Natalie Baszile on your upcoming small screen debut!

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Two New Too True Sports Books

Faster, Higher, Smarter: Bright Ideas That Transformed Sports by Simon Shapiro
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From swimming, soccer, and basketball to skateboarding and wheelchair sports, Faster, Higher, Smarter looks at the hard science behind many inventions and improvements in sports. Readers will find out how the introduction of the aluminum bat changed baseball; how a slapshot works, and what's involved in bending a ball like Beckham. It also covers the history of such milestones as the introduction of diversity, disabled athletes, and women in sport.

Rising Above: How 11 Athletes Overcame Challenges in Their Youth to Become Stars by Gregory Zuckerman
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Team USA goalkeeper Tim Howard was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome in 6th grade. He went on to become a national treasure after single-handedly keeping America competitive in the 2014 World Cup. Stephen Curry was told he was too small, too weak, and too slow to even receive a scholarship to play college basketball. He outworked everyone and went on to become MVP of the National Basketball Association. Jim Abbott was born without his right hand, yet he refused to be defined by what he lacked. He went on to pitch a no-hitter in the Major Leagues. Athlete after athlete in this book found discipline, hope, and inspiration on the playing field, rising above their circumstances. Filled with first-hand accounts from stars who exemplify the idea of enduring at all costs, Rising Above will serve as a must-read source of inspiration for kids and sports fans of all ages.

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Train Your Brain #6

Baseball is America's favorite sport and a perfect fit for a summer devoted to ballgames.  Why is it so beloved, so inspiring?  You can find out.  I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Baseball Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about homeruns and extra innings. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Out and About at the Baseball Stadium by Bitsy Kemper
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The Unforgettable Season: The Story of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams and the Record-Setting Summer of '41 by Phil Bildner
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Brothers at Bat: The True Story of an Amazing All-Brother Baseball Team by Audrey Vernick
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I Am Jackie Robinson by Brad Meltzer
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Baseball Stats and the Stories Behind Them: What Every Fan Needs to Know by Eric Braun
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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelson
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Take Me Out to the Ballgame by Jack Norworth
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Clemente! by Willie Perdomo
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A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie "Peanut" Johnson by Michelle Y. Green
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Barbed Wire Baseball by Marissa  Moss
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Read.Write.Draw. with Raschka.Murphy.Law

Read.Write.Draw. is our book festival for kids, teens and the young at heart.  This year's showcase will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016.  Mark your calendars NOW, so you don't miss this amazing opportunity to see Chris Raschka, Ingrid Law, and Julie Murphy!

  • Chris Raschka at 10:30 a.m.
    Chris Raschka is a multi-award-winning author/illustrator of over 30 books for children. Named “one of the most original illustrators at work today” by Publishers Weekly, Raschka has been the recipient of two Caldecott Medals (for The Hello, Goodbye Window and A Ball for Daisy), as well as a Caldecott Honor Award for the book Yo! Yes?.  A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Chris had set his eyes on a career in medicine until he realized that his heart was in art. Shortly after this discovery, he moved to New York City where he saw his dream of illustrating children’s books come to fruition.
  • Ingrid Law at 2:00 p.m.
    Ingrid Law is the New York Times best-selling author of three novels for young readers, Savvy, Scumble, and Switch. Ingrid's books have been placed on over 30 state reading lists and have earned praise from Publishers Weekly, Oprah's reading list, the Today show's Al Roker's Book Club for Kids and the Smithsonian. Savvy has received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Ingrid lives a quiet life in the west, where she attempts to unlock the secrets of teleportation, studies the grammar of wild rabbits and also sometimes writes.
  • Julie Murphy at 4:00 p.m.
    Julie Murphy is the newest sensation in teen literature. Her debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, was well received by Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue. Dumplin', Julie’s sophomore novel has received glowing reviews including two stars from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Film rights have been optioned by Disney. She currently lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her and her cats who tolerate her. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, traveling or watching movies so bad they're good.

A book signing will follow each author's presentation.  Barnes & Noble will be on-site to handle book sales.  We will also be serving a different culinary treat for each author -- breakfast with Chris Raschka, snacks with Ingrid Law, and coffee with Julie Murphy.  Read.Write.Draw. is a free event located in The Library Theatre.  You do not need to make a reservation or acquire tickets.  Doors open at 10 a.m.

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What are you reading this weekend?

We've got a long weekend to celebrate our nation's independence and honor those who have served our country. Of course, we will be taking advantage of a beautiful forecast, but what book will you be cracking open? Personally, I am eager to finish Louise Erdrich's "LaRose". I was introduced to Erdrich late with the spectacular book "The Round House". Now I am enjoying her latest release about an enigmatic boy who manages to both soothe and divide two families. Erdrich wields her spellbinding narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident and the fallout. I've got over half the book left, so I hope to finish before the fireworks start on Red Mountain! What book will capture your attention? If you are looking for just the right story, contact us at the Fiction Desk!

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The BFG on the Big Screen

I know it's hard to believe, but I didn't read The BFG by Roald Dahl until this month.  Yes, I know it was published when I was a kid.  Yes, I know it is one of his most popular books.  I have no good explanation for my negligence.  Let's not dwell on the past.  Let's look to the immediate future!  The BFG hits movie theaters this weekend!  And it combines the creative genius of Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg!  Read it before you see it!  We have the book, the book-on-CD, the downloadable audiobook, and the downloadable ebook.

"The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary, that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all."

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First Thursday Fiction Book Group: "In the Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume

Join us on Thursday, July 7th at 10 am in the Adult Programming Room (back in the Nonfiction Department) for a lively discussion of Judy Blume's adult novel, "In the Unlikely Event." Ms. Blume is writing this novel from her own experience although fashioning it into an fiction novel. During the 1950's when Blume was a teenager in Elizabeth, New Jersey, three airplanes crashed in the area in the span of 58 days. With the rather new phenomenon of air flight, these crashes created fright and confusion within the community. In her novel, Blume creates the voices of many inhabitants of Elizabeth, all speaking of the tragedy and the impact on everyone's lives. Woven throughout is the story of Miri Ammerman who witnesses the crashes and is devastated by the fallout. At the same time, Miri's world is torn apart by secrets and surprising romances. As the adult Miri looks back on the tragic period, in a poem that she writes, “We’re still part of a secret club, / One we’d never willingly join. / . . . We’ll always be connected by that winter. / Anyone who tells you different is lying.”

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Mad about Monsters, Baseball and Madcap Puppets

Madcap Puppets always WOW us with their GIANT puppets.  This year's show, Monsters of Baseball, is a little different from the traditional pulled-from-fairytales shows they've performed in the past.  The sign at the ball park says "No Monsters Allowed!", but that doesn't stop Roscoe from sneaking a little monster named Gus in to see a baseball game. It seems they're not alone as more monsters begin slipping into the ball park to join the fun. Giant puppets bring the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems. There's room for everyone, including the audience, to celebrate America's favorite past time.  After the show, you'll undoubtedly want to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" while you're choosing some great books about baseball.  Our Train Your Brain #6 blog post will be available beginning July 5.  It is filled with tons of nonfiction baseball titles.  Ask a librarian to help you find that list.

Madcap Puppets presents Monsters of Baseball
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 7, 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!

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