What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Double the Holiday Fun on December 21
Holiday Sing-a-long Storytime
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.
Join Miss Alyssa and Miss Katie Jane for jingle bells and a flurry of fa-la-la-la-las for the whole family! No registration necessary. Simply follow the stars.
How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Wednesday, December 21, 2016 at 2 p.m.
Come watch a holiday movie, eat popcorn and meet the star of the show. No tickets required. This free event will take place in the Library Theatre.
December 7, 1941. The attack on Pearl Harbor. The event that thrust the United States into World War II. Last week, December 7, 2016 marked the 75th anniversary. I hope everyone took the time to truly reflect on that moment from our history. And I hope it will make you want to learn more about what happened after that fateful day.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, the US entered World War II in December 1941 with only 44 Naval submarines -- many of them dating from the 1920s. With the Pacific battleship fleet decimated after Pearl Harbor, it was up to the feisty and heroic sailors aboard the US submarines to stop the Japanese invasion across the Pacific. Using first-person accounts, archival materials, official Naval documents, and photographs, award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson brings the voices and exploits of these brave men to life. Dive! World War II Stories of Sailors & Submarines in the Pacific tells the incredible story of America's little known "war within a war."
Word of Mouse
Have you heard the phrase "word of mouth" before? It means to pass information from person to person by oral communication. Storytelling is a good example. And who is one of the biggest names in storytelling for young people? James Patterson! And he's teamed up with one of his best collaborators, Chris Grabenstein, for his newest book -- Word of Mouse. This illustrated novel also features the work of artist Joe Sutphin.
What makes Isaiah so unique? First, his fur is as blue as the sky—which until recently was something he'd never seen, but had read all about. That's right—Isaiah can read, and write. He can also talk to humans...if any of them are willing to listen! After a dramatic escape from a mysterious laboratory, Isaiah is separated from his "mischief" (which is the word for a mouse family), and has to use his special skills to survive in the dangerous outdoors, and hopefully find his missing family. But in a world of cruel cats, hungry owls, and terrified people, it's hard for a young, lone mouse to make it alone. When he meets an equally unusual and lonely human girl named Hailey, the two soon learn that true friendship can transcend all barriers.
The New Present: A Christmas Musical
Last year's musical was a holiday sensation. This year's is even bigger and better! Head to the Library Theatre for The New Present: A Christmas Musical on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Santa's toys come to life in a musical comedy written, produced, directed and performed by the library's Children's Department staff. You can see your favorite storytellers singing and dancing on stage -- Miss Alyssa, Miss Anna Beth, Mr Jeremy, Mr Justin, Miss Katie Jane, Miss Kaylen, Miss Polly, and Miss Traci! Stick around after the show to meet Santa in person! You'll also have a chance to decorate a delicous gingerbread kid cookie. The after-show activities will take place on the Plaza, and all of this holiday fun is absolutely FREE!
* 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!
You may be surprised to know that, as a child and as a younger adult, I was extremely shy. That's why I completely love Shy, the new picture book by Deborah Freedman.
"Shy loves birds. He’d love to watch them fly and hear them sing, but he’s only ever read about them in books. . .until a real bird comes along. He’s dying to meet her, but there’s just one problem: Shy is, well, shy–so shy, in fact, that he’s afraid to leave the gutter of the book. Can Shy overcome his fears and venture out onto the page?"
I also love the surprise when you finally get a glimpse at Shy. Read it and you'll see why.
Misty Copeland Shares a Life in Motion
Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Brandy Colbert Aladdin
Determination meets dance in this middle grade adaptation of the New York Times bestselling memoir by Misty Copeland.
As the first African-American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre, Misty Copeland has been breaking down all kinds of barriers in the world of dance. But when she first started dancing—at the late age of thirteen—no one would have guessed the shy, underprivileged girl would one day make history in her field. Her road to excellence was not easy—a chaotic home life, with several siblings and a single mother, was a stark contrast to the control and comfort she found on stage. And when her home life and incredible dance promise begin to clash, Misty had to learn to stand up for herself and navigate a complex relationship with her mother, while pursuing her ballet dreams.
Life in Motion is a story for all the kids who dare to be different, dream bigger, and want to break stereotypes in whatever they do.
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring
Have you ever played with a Slinky? I loved that toy as a child! Ok, I love it as an adult, too. That's why I'm so glad there is now a book about its origins!
The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring: The Accidental Invention of the Toy that Swept the Nation by Gilbert Ford
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One day, a spring fell from the desk of Richard James, an engineer and a dreamer. Its coils took a walk…and so did Richard’s imagination. He knew right away that he had stumbled onto something marvelous. With the help of his wife, Betty, Richard took this ordinary spring and turned it into a plaything. But it wasn’t just any old trinket—it was a Slinky, and it would become one of the most popular toys in American history. With magnificent dioramic illustrations, Gilbert Ford captures the joy, creativity, and determination behind the invention of the iconic toy.
Do you recognize any of these names? Harry Bliss, Cátia Chien, Geoffrey Hayes, Kazu Kibuishi, Hope Larson, Danica Novgorodoff, Matt Phelan, Dave Roman, Mark and Siena Cherson Siegel, James Sturm, Sara Varon, Gene Luen Yang? Do you not only recognize these people but also absolutely LOVE their work? Then add this book to your wish list!
Comics Confidential: Thirteen Graphic Novelists Talk Story, Craft, and Life Outside the Box
compiled and edited by Leonard S. Marcus
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"Respected anthologist Leonard S. Marcus turns his literary microscope to the world of comics, which has lately morphed and matured at a furious pace. Powerful influences from manga to the movies to underground comix have influenced the thirteen artists and writers interviewed in these pages to create their own word-and-picture narratives. Here are their moving, funny, inspirational stories: true tales from the crucible of creative struggles that led each to become a master of one of today’s most vibrant art forms. The book also contains an original graphic short on the common theme of “the city" from each of the artists, a mini-comic set in a cityscape of their choosing—present-day, historical, or imaginary."
A Curious Christmas
Meet Curious George and the Man in the Yellow Hat in person at A Curious Christmas on Saturday, December 10, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. They are getting ready for George's first Christmas. George needs to learn about Christmas cards, tree decorating, gift giving, Christmas music and all the holiday fun. What will we do to help George get in the Christmas spirit? Make a Curious George Christmas ornament. Create a special holiday card using your finger prints. Help load Santa's sleigh with bananas (a monkey's favorite present). Give George a hug or high five, and he'll give you a Christmas gift. Also, enjoy Christmas songs and holiday snacks selected by the curious monkey himself.
My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class
Does the title of this blog sound like a student's school essay? Good. Because it's about a book of the same name, but the book is in the form of a school essay about pets. The boy who writes it chooses sheep -- man's other best friend -- as his subject.
My Favorite Pets by Gus W. for Ms. Smolinski’s Class by Jeanne Birdsall, illustrated by Harry Bliss
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Gus writes a report about his favorite pet(s): his family’s 17 sheep. He begins with some basic facts about sheep but quickly slips into relating amusing details about his mischievous antics with the animals. Gus writes about his efforts to trade his little brother for a lamb, the time he dressed up a sheep in his teacher’s borrowed scarf, and his attempts to teach the sheep to ride a skateboard and a bicycle. He includes brief references to his parents’ reactions (“What were you thinking, Gus?”). But the last straw comes when the boy leads the sheep into the house, where they create quite a mess. “But we were only upstairs for a minute!” Gus’s mother exclaims. Bliss’s delightful illustrations take Birdsall’s funny text to the next level by showing the extent of the trouble that Gus’s grand ideas cause as well as the innocent-looking sheep. As fitting with an elementary school report, the text appears to be handwritten on notebook paper; Ms. Smolinski gives Gus a B+ and comments on his improved penmanship. (from School Library Journal)