What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Next Best Junior Chef: The Heat Is On!
The second title in the Next Best Junior Chef trilogy is out this week, and The Heat Is On! I don't want to risk a spoiler, so I won't tell you anything about the new book. But I will remind you about the first book. Or, if you haven't read it yet, introduce you to it.
Next Best Junior Chef: Lights, Camera, Cook! by Charise Mericle Harper (#1)
Four food-savvy kids face off in the first round of a TV cooking show in this snappy launch title in the Next Best Junior Chef series. Eleven-year-old Caroline is coolly confident, army kid Tate has energy to spare, nervous Rae faints when she first takes the stage, and brazen Oliver has “two missions: to win and look good on TV.” Fans of Top Chef Junior and other TV cooking competitions will be right at home with the trappings Harper liberally draws on: celebrity chefs’ demanding yet supportive demeanors, contestants’ off- and on-camera anxieties, and meticulous descriptions of their gastronomic concoctions. Blard-Quintard’s chic b&w spot illustrations capture the children’s emotional ups and downs as they wrestle with surprise ingredients, plan their dream food trucks, and try to negotiate partnered challenges. It’s an entertaining behind-the-scenes look at ambitious foodie kids doing what they do best; readers should be eager to discover who will be forced to hang up their aprons in the next book.
Winter Olympics 2018
When I was younger, I was obsessed with the Winter Olympics. I hated waiting four years (FOUR YEARS!) for it to roll around again. My personal obsession has waned since I do not have cable or internet at my house. And I don't have a smartphone either. (Yeah, I'm one of those people.) But I know most of the world will be glued to their devices from now till February 25 to watch the Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea. If you'd like to learn more about the host country, drop by the Kid Zone and look for Dewey Decimal number 951.95. If you want to learn more about the different events, look throughout the sports section in the 796s. And books about the history of the Winter Olympics can be found under 796.48.
Rascal, Rebel, Peter Rabbit
Beatrix Potter's naughty rabbit gets a modern makeover in the new Peter Rabbit movie, which opens in theaters this weekend. And YOU can party with Peter Rabbit and Farmer McGregor at Hoover Library this Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. Escape Farmer McGregor at the Garden Obstacle Course, find Peter hiding in the flower pots, and help protect Peter's lost coat from the garden birds at the Vegetable Toss. You'll also make rabbit ear heandbands and a "hungry" Peter Rabbit spinner. And if YOU are hungry too, you can snack on blackberries, bread and milk. And carrots, too! (Of course.) You do not need to register for this event. Simply follow the bunny trail . . . I mean, starred hallway . . . to rascally fun.
Don't forget to look for the books that inspired the movie and party. Beatrix Potter's tiny books about tiny heroes can be found in the picture book room under E POT.
Speak: The Graphic Novel
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson -- it's the book that launched YA literature. And now it's a stunning graphic novel. The original book came out in 1999, but it still speaks to 2018. Visit the author's website to learn about the illustrator and see samples of her art in the book. There's also a discussion guide.
Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson & Emily Carroll (February 6, 2018)
Melinda is already a pariah on her first day as a freshman at Merryweather High. She involved the police in an end-of-summer party, and now everyone shuns her. Unable to tell anyone what actually happened at the party, Melinda withdraws more and more into herself. Rarely speaking, ditching classes, and ignoring school assignments, she spirals downward into apathy and depression. One of the few people to reach her is her art teacher, who helps her express with art what she has so deeply and painfully buried. This potent retelling of the modern classic Speak blends words and images to create magic: a new representation of a teen whose voice is ripped from her, the battles she must wage to find it again, and the triumph of finally being able to speak out. Carroll’s grayscale artwork perfectly depicts the starkness of Melinda’s depression through strong ink lines and striking panels that rely on pencil and charcoal textural effects for the backgrounds. The characters are distinct and the action flows naturally; it is amazing how closely this version evokes the style and feeling of the original. The dialogue is pulled directly from the novel and enhances the progression of the story and of Melinda’s emotions. VERDICT This gripping, powerful work will introduce Speak to a brand-new audience and enthrall longtime fans. (from School Library Journal)
Check Out Kadohata's Checked
Newbery Medalist Cynthia Kadohata's new book Checked is a sports novel about a hockey player who must discover who he is without the sport that defines him.
Hockey is Conor’s life. His whole life. He’ll say it himself, he’s a hockey beast. It’s his dad’s whole life too—and Conor is sure that’s why his stepmom, Jenny, left. There are very few things Conor and his dad love more than the game, and one of those things is their Doberman, Sinbad. When Sinbad is diagnosed with cancer, Conor chooses to put his hockey lessons and practices on hold so they can pay for Sinbad’s chemotherapy.
But without hockey to distract him, Conor begins to notice more. Like his dad’s crying bouts, and his friend’s difficult family life. And then Conor notices one more thing: Without hockey, the one thing that makes him feel special, is he really special at all?
Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History
Vashti Harrison's Instagram account, where she posted illustrated portraits of black women from history in honor of Black History Month 2017, captivated thousands on the internet. And now those portraits have been collected into a book! Read the interview with Vashti about her journey from personal challenge to publication, then check out Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History. It's an excellent read any time of year, but especially during Black History Month 2018.
"Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Truth, pilot Bessie Coleman, chemist Alice Ball, politician Shirley Chisholm, mathematician Katherine Johnson, poet Maya Angelou, and filmmaker Julie Dash.
Among these biographies, readers will find heroes, role models, and everyday women who did extraordinary things - bold women whose actions and beliefs contributed to making the world better for generations of girls and women to come. Whether they were putting pen to paper, soaring through the air or speaking up for the rights of others, the women profiled in these pages were all taking a stand against a world that didn't always accept them.
The leaders in this book may be little, but they all did something big and amazing, inspiring generations to come."
William's Winter Nap
It's Groundhog Day! And Punxsutawney Phil predicts there will be six more weeks of winter. So there's plenty of time to read this new book!
William's Winter Nap by Linda Ashman
Just when William is ready to fall asleep in his cozy cabin, there is a tap on his window. A chilly chipmunk asks to stay, and Will scooches over in bed. "There's room for two--I'm sure we'll fit." The chipmunk is just the first in a parade of mammals, each bigger than the last, until the bed is full. Then a note is slipped beneath the door: "Do you have room for just one more?" William tugs the door to see who's there . . . only to find a great big BEAR! Is there enough space to spare? Will the other animals be willing to share?
After you read the story with your family or students, take a look at the educator guide for ways to extend the fun and learning.
Forensics 101 in Homeschool Hub
Homeschoolers, we have a great way for you to celebrate Valentine's Day. Homeschool Hub will offer Forensics 101 on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at 2 p.m. Forensics is a science that is a lot like a game! It involves finding clues, piecing together a puzzle, and solving the mysteries left behind at a crime scene. Solve the crime of the stolen chocolates with the Science Lady, Jan Mattingly of Dynamic Education Adventures. Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
From the Heart
Valentine's Day isn't too far away, and Hoover Library has lots of ways to get you ready to share the love this year.
Valentines for Children's Hospital
February 1-7, 2018
Bring in signed valentines (no candy, please) for a patient and receive a special treat. We will also have a Valentine-making station set up in the Kid Zone.
Friendship Bracelets with Anna Beth
Friday, February 2, 2018 at 4 p.m.
Tweens (ages 9-12) will learn how to make friendship bracelets. All know-how and supplies provided. Register online or by phone (444-7830).
Crafty Characters: Queen of Hearts
Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
The Queen of Hearts will show you how to make some tasty treats and Valentine crafts. No registration required. Simply follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.
The Word Collector
Watch Peter H. Reynolds promote his newest picture book.
The Word Collector (January 30, 2018)
Jerome, a young boy of color, is a fastidious collector, but rather than collecting bugs or coins or comic books, Jerome collects words. Words that are new to him, words that sound fascinating to him, words that delight him—Jerome copies down his favorites and keeps them organized in scrapbooks. One day, Jerome takes a tumble, and his books of words seem to explode, and clouds of paper fill the page. His collection becomes fantastically jumbled as “words he had not imagined being side by side” suddenly inspire Jerome to make new creations not only to collect, but also to share. Phrases become poems, and poems become songs. Simple words share powerful feelings. Even as he delights in sharing of himself with his burgeoning lexicon, he decides to share his collection as well, releasing it into the wind for others to find and begin their own collections. (from Kirkus Reviews)