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Around America to Win the Vote

It's Election Day 2016!  The polls are packed, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the results.  What we need is a distraction.  And the best distraction is, of course, a book!

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff & Hadley Hooper
E  ROC  NEW BOOK
Rockliff introduces Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, whose five-month, 10,000-mile crusade for women’s voting rights drew crowds and made colorful newspaper copy in 1916. Toting a kitten, a “teeny-tiny typewriter” and “an itsy-bitsy sewing machine”—the better to demonstrate, during speeches, women’s many skills—the women depart New York City in a yellow Saxon runabout. They journey south, then west, across Texas to California, returning through northern border states. (A simple double-page map charts the route.) The spry narrative focuses mainly on the outward-bound segments, as Nell and Alice weather an East Coast blizzard, address curious crowds, join a circus parade in Georgia, and attend genteel socials. Rockliff knits from a skein of exciting cross-country events, all drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts. “They dodged bullets at the Mexican border… / drove on through the desert… / and got lost for days… / till, finally, they reached… // CALIFORNIA!” Hooper’s sunny full-page and spot pictures combine pencil and printmaking in digital layers that evoke the off-register color separations of mid-20th-century children’s illustrations. Most faces, features penciled in, are left as white as the background paper, with occasional pink or tan accents for cheeks and noses. Diversity is expressed in crowd scenes and on a New Orleans veranda, with a few faces tinted tan or brown. A lively look at the ingenuity of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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Young Readers Week 2016

Since 1989, National Young Readers Week has been an annual event held during the second week of November to raise awareness around the importance of reading. The event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  This year, the official dates are November 7-11, 2016.  Fill those days with amazing children's books.  Want them to be books about books?  These are a few of my favorite new titles that do just that.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
E  JEF  NEW BOOK
A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next?  This is a stunning prose poem on the rewards of reading and sharing stories—an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that readers will want to pass on to others.

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett & Adam Rex
E  BAR  NEW BOOK
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
E  YAC  NEW BOOK
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It's always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together.

Make Way for Readers by Judy Sierra & G. Brian Karas
E  SIE  NEW BOOK
In Miss Bingo’s classroom there’s always time to tell a story! Here are Jiro and Annabelle, Rufus and Rory. They’re here to have fun with amazing Miss Bingo, the storytime rhymer, the singing flamingo. She tells them of kittens, and mittens, and mice, Miss Muffet, her tuffet, and sugar, and spice. 

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me by Danielle Marcotte
E  MAR  NEW BOOK
Follow a young boy and those around him — parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors — as they all read, immersed in what moves them.

This Is My Book! by Mark Pett (and no one else) 
E  PET  NEW BOOK
What happens when a writer learns that he doesn’t quite have as much control over his book as he thinks? When Mark Pett’s characters, led by a panda bear named Spike, take over his book and begin telling a story of their own, pandemonium ensues! Who’s really in charge of this book?

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Dinovember!

Dinosaurs and November just seem to go together.  Mainly because you can kinda smoosh the words Dino and November together into one super awesome word. Hence, Dinovember!  That's the name of our program on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  All dino enthusiasts will get to pick a dinosaur mask and ride a dinosaur (or at least an inflated bouncy version of one) through prehistoric terrain. They'll make a dino necklace and design a colorful dinosaur.   Better still, they'll dance with a real T-⁠Rex and pose for pictures at the T-⁠Rex Tea Party.  And, since dinosaurs are really ancient history, young paleontologists-in-training will practice their skills and excavate a dino fossil to put in their home-museum.  Snacks for both carnivores and herbivores will be served.

BONUS!
Continue the Dinovember fun all month long by checking out some of our dinosaur books.  Simply look for Dewey Decimal number 567.9.

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A Celebration of Beatrix Potter

2016 marks the 150th birthday of beloved author/illustrator Beatrix Potter, and your favorite picture book illustrators commemorated the occasion in the way they know best.

A Celebration of Beatrix Potter: Art and Letters by More Than 30 of Today's Favorite Children's Book Illustrators
In 1866, a truly remarkable woman was born. Scientifically inclined and always curious, the observant Potter grew up to become a woman ahead of her time. In this tribute to Potter and her memorable characters, 32 contemporary illustrators share anecdotes about their experiences with Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Squirrel Nutkin, and many other denizens of Potter’s enchanted world. E.B. Lewis (The Other Side) observes that Potter’s characters are “simple, beautiful, and full of life.” Betsy Lewin (Click, Clack, Moo) discusses her interest in the writer, noting that Potter “was a shining example of a woman making a place for herself as an artist and author.” In addition to recounting personal encounters with Potter’s work, each artist reimagines her world in original artwork. How delightful to see Peter Rabbit, Mr. McGregor, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, and company portrayed in various and unique styles. Excerpts from and introductory descriptions of nine of Potter’s books round out this superb collection. (from School Library Journal)

Want to read her original stories?  Find them in the picture book collection under E  POT.
Want to learn more about her amazing life?  Read all about it here.

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The Sun Is Also a Star

No, I am not questioning your intelligence.  I know that you know that the sun is also a star.  I'm simply trying to tell you about Nicola Yoon's new book.  Remember her?  She wrote Everything, Everything (which is soon to be a major motion picture).  Her newest book, which has already been shortlisted for the National Book Award, was published November 1, 2016.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

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Should Wimpy Kids Double Down?

double down = to become more zealous
zealous = show energetic support

So, should Wimpy Kids double down on their reading?  Yes!  They should definitely hit the books -- the newest title in the Wimpy Kid series comes out today!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down by Jeff Kinney (#11)
The pressure’s really piling up on Greg Heffley. The only thing he’s good at is playing video games, but his parents want him to broaden his horizons by doing something—anything!—else. When Greg finds an old video camera in his basement, he thinks he may have discovered just the thing to prove he’s got big-time talent. With the help of his best friend, Rowley, Greg hatches a plan to make a scary movie . . . and to become rich and famous in the process. But is doubling down on movie-making a smart plan? Or is it just a recipe for doubling Greg’s troubles?

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat! at Hoover Library this Monday, October 31, 2016  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..  We'll have 22 candy stations throughout the library.  What a great opportunity to visit previously unexplored areas of your favorite place!  Can't wait to see your costume this Halloween!  

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Thank a Vet! 2016 Poster Contest

Our annual Veteran's Week festivities will be here before you know it, and we need your help!  We need some amazing poster salutes for our Thank a Vet! poster contest.  Please follow the guidelines posted on our website.  Pay close attention to the submission deadline.  All entries must be turned in by 5 p.m. on Friday, October 28, 2016.  The winning posters will be displayed in the library throughout the month of November.  Their creators will be presented with a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble (courtesy of the Friends of the Library) at the City Council meeting on Monday, December 5, 2016 at 6 p.m.

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National S.T.E.A.M. Day

No, it's not today.  National S.T.E.A.M. Day is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  Are we having one of our new Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead events on that day?  YES!  When does registration open?  Tomorrow, October 24, 2016.  That's why the blog had to go up today.  There's method to my madness.

Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Engineering
Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Ages 7-11.  Build your own Art-O-Motion kinetic structure.  Register online or by phone (444-7830).
https://youtu.be/qs88aC0k0yI

 

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Once Upon a Pumpkin -- 2016 Halloween Party

ONCE UPON A PUMPKIN on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Hear ye! Hear ye! All ye fans of fairytales! Thou hast been summoned to join in our annual Halloween festivities at Hoover Library.  The Evil Queen and the Frog Prince will greet you at the door and issue a proclamation to each family.  This will help guide you through the event, which is spread throughout the entire library.  What tales dark and Grimm will you explore?  Here's a sneak peek:

Brave our Fairytale Forest on the Theatre level. Play games with pigs, make crafts with Red Riding Hood and her grandma, eat candy off of gingerbread houses with Hansel and Gretel but . . . BEWARE the Big Bad Wolf!

Tour our Fairytale Village in the Kid Zone. Trip trap and wrist wrap with goats and trolls, make a mask that is just right with Goldilocks, experience giant beanstalk fun, and put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho your way through the Teen Spot. Take a look in our magic mirror with Snow White and whistle while you work on your beards with the dwarfs. BEWARE the Evil Queen! She may be in disguise and peddling poisonous apples.

Be our guest at Cinderella’s Ball on the Plaza. Meet your hostess Cinderella and her Prince Charming. Take a picture in her pumpkin coach. Dance with Belle and her Beast. Feast with Aurora and the three good fairies. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo with Fairy Godmother and raise your glass with Gaston.

Costumes are welcome, but not required.  The library closes to the public at 6 p.m. on that day.  We will re-open at the stroke of 7.  We're expecting a large crowd, so you may want to come early to nab a parking spot.  We have a much earlier curfew than Cinderella, so we can't party until midnight.  Our fairytale fun will conclude at 9 p.m.  And we'll all live happily ever after. THE END

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