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Did You Say Pi?

Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical concept pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter.  It always occurs on March 14 (3/14) because the first three digits of pi are 3.14.  Come and discover the mysteries of Pi and Pie as we merge math with dessert at our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4 p.m.  We'll eat pie . . . of course. We'll make a paper chain representing pi - using a different color for each number.  How far can we go?  We'll also make a pi bracelet, going to whatever digit makes a good bracelet length.  And can we use our bodies to create the symbol for pi?  We are sure gonna try!  And that is just the beginning! This event is open to kids ages 5-11.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

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March is National Craft Month

March is National Craft Month and because of this fact, this blog post is dedicated to crafts. This post will briefly describe three recent craft books that the Hoover Public Library currently have on their shelf.

Garden Made by Stephanie Rose is a fascinating book to read. It gives the reader different craft ideas that would make any garden look good. The author breaks down the projects into the four seasons. My favorite design out of the book is the one the author calls “Strawberries in the Sky”. The author details why she came up with this design, but the meaning behind the name becomes apparent very quickly. Instead of the strawberries growing on the ground, the author grows them in the air from baskets.

This next book is for dog owners. Sweaters for Dogs by Debbie Humphreys is a great book for pet owners who love to dress their pets up. In my opinion, some of the designs could be used for cats, too. You would only have to scale down everything. Throughout the book the author uses the same style of writing. She first introduces the pet with the clothes on, and gives the dog’s name, character, happy moments, what they will do stuff for, hobbies, and favorite treat. The author walks through the instructions for the design including the material for each pattern and dog, by giving the material you need, from the yarn to the gauge. My favorite dog in this book is Nelly.

The last book is for people who like to decorate, and when I say decorate, I mean anything from a little girl’s room to a baby shower. Paper Pom-Poms by Paula Pascual does not just have pom-poms in it, it has everything. The author gives twenty different paper designs that you can use, each for something different or with multiple purposes. The author provides the templates for the designs at the back of the book, making it easy for the reader to make copies, without having to damage the book. My favorite project in this book is "Butterfly". This design would make any little girls day.

- Ashley E.

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This Spud Is No Dud

When I was a kid, I loved Mr. Potato Head.  I never had my own changeable plastic spud, but I loved playing with the ones my friends had.  And when Toy Story came out?  Well, Mr. Potato Head definitely stole the show.  My dad still quotes him!  I'm excited to spread the word that our next Crafty Characters event is this Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  And Mr. Potato Head is the star!  He'll help you make wearable Potato Heads, then lead you in a potato parade.  He'll teach you the art of fusion bead fridge magnets and inspire cookie Potato Head creations.  You do not have to sign up to be part of the spudtastic fun!  Simply follow the stars.

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Science Comics

I absolutely adore the new Science Comics series!  Each one is created by a different comic book author/illustrator, so there's a variety of graphic styling.  The level of humor and scientific fact remains the same.  Every volume offers a complete introduction to a particular topic.  The first book, Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers (2016), was created by MK Reed and Joe Flood.  The second book, Coral Reefs: Cities of the Oceans (2016), is the work of Maris Wicks.  The third book, Volcanoes: Fire and Life (2016), was brought to life by Jon Chad.  The fourth book?

Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch (2017)
Follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans. Taken to a bat rehabilitation center, he learns from other bats how to eat and fly and where to live. Includes instructions to install bat boxes. 

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Polar Bear Day

February 27, 2017 is International Polar Bear Day!  You can find lots of great information about polar bears in any of our Kid Zone nonfiction sections.  Simply look for Dewey Decimal number 599.786.  If you want them to also star in your storybooks, try one of these titles.

BONUS!
National Geographic Kids is a good resource for information about our world.  Take a look their polar bear page.  The San Diego Zoo also has an excellent website.  Take a look at what they have to say about polar bears.

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Psych Friday

Samford University is coming to the library for an exciting and engaging day about the world of psychology! Take advantage of this opportunity to attend the sessions that interest you, listen to the speakers and visit booths at the activity fair. Many surrounding high schools will also be joining us. This FREE event is 9:00 am - 1:00 pm on March 3rd. Signs will be posted on relevant rooms and any staff will be happy to help you locate a room.

 

Some of the schedule highlights:

The keynote address will be by Dr. Nicole Siegfried, speaking on the research and treatment of eating disorders.

Concurrent Sessions:

  • Clinical and Counseling Careers in Psychology
  • Cognitive Psychology: It’s Not What You Think, but It Is What You Think
  • The Psychology of Implicit Bias and Stereotyping
  • Attachment Issues of Children in Foster Care
  • Positive Personality Psychology

 

Activity Fair:

  • Movement Aftereffects
  • Optical Illusions
  • Stroop Effect
  • Multitasking
  • DRM Effect
  • Obedience & Conformity
  • Serial Position Effect and Von Restorff Effect

Want to get a head start on reading before the event? Check out these titles!

The Psychology Book by Catherine Collin  

50 great myths of popular psychology: shattering widespread misconceptions about human behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld

Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence by David R. Shaffer

Characters on the Couch: Exploring Psychology through Literature and Film by Dean A. Haycock

 

- Stephanie

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Insatiable Readers –“Relationships, for Better or Worse” February 2017

The library’s new Readers’ Group discussed “Relationships, for Better or Worse” on Saturday, February 18.  The titles presented are listed below.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

He’s Just Not That Into You by Greg Behrendt

MWF Seeking BFF by Rachel Bertsche

Romance Is My Day Job by Patience Bloom

Daring Greatly by Brene Brown

The Good, the Bad, and the Furry by Tom Cox

Travels with Casey by Benoit Denizet-Lewis

Love That Boy by Ron Fournier

Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert

Tribe by Sebastian Junger

Saving Simon by Jon Katz

The Sibling Effect by Jeffrey Kluger

The Bridge Ladies by Betsy Lerner

The Undoing Project by Michael Lewis

Love Warrior by Glennon Doyle Melton

The Reading Promise by Alice Ozma

In Real Life by Nev Schulman

Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner

Raising Ryland by Hillary Whittington

Where the Light Gets In by Kimberly Williams-Paisley

 

Podcasts: 

Strangers (with Lea Thau)

Dear Sugar Radio

 

Feed your need for great nonfiction titles and bookish conversations!  Join us in the Plaza Reading Room on Saturday, March 18 at 10:30 a.m. to “Celebrate Women’s History.”  There will be free coffee and lots of reading fun!

 

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Want New Music? Think Pink!

The Kid Zone has made it super easy to find the best new music for your family.  We've created a NEW music section in our CD collection, housed directly behind the large desk in the middle of the department.  The new CDs also have a hot pink sticker on the side.  So when you want new music, think pink!  If you can't find what you're looking for in the new CD section, take a look at the display shelves to the immediate left of the music collection.  There will be even more new music choices staring you in the face.

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National Dog Biscuit Day

I know what you're thinking.
Miss Katie Jane, you are taking this weird daily holiday thing too far.  There's no way you can have a book that goes along with National Dog Biscuit Day on February 23, 2017.  
You need to change your thinking.

Treat by Mary Sullivan 
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This book introduces a roly-poly pooch who rides a roller-coaster of emotions as he prowls, scowls, and begs his way around the house in search of something tasty. “Treat. Treat! Treat? Treat!!” he telepathically beseeches the family toddler who’s munching on cereal, throwing in some balletic moves in hopes of impressing her. But the situation is nearly hopeless: the toddler is interested only in stuffing her own face, grandma and grandpa aren’t any help, the older sister is oblivious, and did the older brother really think a crayon drawing was what the dog was after? Exhausted and disgusted, the dog falls asleep on top of the laundry and dreams of treats—dreams that soon turn to nightmares. Sullivan has created quite a treat herself: a canine hero with a one-track mind and an endlessly expressive one-word vocabulary (aided by comically frenetic typography) whose approach to thwarted desire is, as any child will recognize, all too human. [from Publishers Weekly]

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#1000blackgirlbooks

Marley Dias.  This is a name you need to remember.  She's the girl who, at age 11, loved to read.  But she became frustrated that none of the characters looked like her.  Where were the black girls?  She decided to do something about the dilemma.  She set a goal of collecting 1,000 books about black girls . . . and #1000blackgirlbooks was born.  This all happened last year.  Now, Marley is 12.  She has exceeded her goal and collected over 7,000 books.  And she's landed a book deal with Scholastic.  Click on any of the blue links to learn more about her major accomplishments.  Click here to access a resource guide for the books Marley has discovered and distributed.

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