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Born to Fly

Steve Sheinkin, I love you.  And I'm not alone.  So I won't be selfish and try to keep you all to myself.  I will share you with the rest of our eager readers.

Born to Fly: The First Women's Air Race Across America by Steve Sheinkin (09/24/19)
Just nine years after American women finally got the right to vote, a group of trailblazers soared to new heights in the 1929 Air Derby, the first women's air race across the U.S. Follow the incredible lives of legend Amelia Earhart, who has captivated generations; Marvel Crosson, who built a plane before she even learned how to fly; Louise Thaden, who shattered jaw-dropping altitude records; and Elinor Smith, who at age seventeen made headlines when she flew under the Brooklyn Bridge.  These awe-inspiring stories culminate in a suspenseful, nail-biting race across the country that brings to life the glory and grit of the dangerous and thrilling early days of flying, expertly told by the master of nonfiction history for young readers.

Watch the book trailer, which includes historical footage of the featured aviators.

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Fall into STEAM

Jump into autumn with Miss Emma at our next Full Steam Ahead.  You'll "Fall" into STEAM on Tuesday, October 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. with these seasonal sensations:

Learn why leaves change color, then create leaf artwork.
Build catapults and launch mini pumpkins.
Build a structure using toothpicks and candy pumpkins.

This event is designed for kids who are 6-12 years old.  You have to reserve your spot, so go online or give us a call (444-7830) beginning 09/24/19.

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Banned Books Week 2019: Censorship Keeps Us in the Dark. Leave the Light On.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read.  It spotlights current and historical attempts to censor books in libraries and schools.  The official celebration is September 22-28, 2019, but we at Hoover Public Library want to honor it EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  Maybe it's better to view this BBW as a kick-off for Banned Books Year!  There are many ways you can take part.   Choosing a book you want to read is one way.  Choosing a book that some people don't want you to be able to choose is another way.  You can find the top 11 challenged books of 2018 (yes, this past year couldn't be narrowed down to 10) on ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom Website.  If you want more creative ways of participating, you can find suggestions by clicking on the first three words in this blog.  They link you to the official BBW website.  One way I honor BBW every year is to wear a different button every day.  Some of them are official BBW merchandise from past years.  They feature slogans.  This year's slogan is Censorship Keeps Us in the Dark.  Leave the Light On.  Others focus on the power of reading diversely.  I now have so many buttons I may have to double up (or triple up) over each of the seven days.  What a great problem to have!

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Using Wordless Picture Books

This blog is excerpted from a guide received at a national library conference this past summer.   I'm a huge fan of wordless books (one of my degrees is in speech-language pathology), so I wanted to help spread the word.  But none of these words are actually mine.  They belong to Myra Zarnowski, a professor in the Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College, CUNY.  But the booklist at the end?  That's all me.

With wordless picture books, readers take an active part in bringing each story to life by combining the visual storytelling techniques and clues provided by the artist with their own words.  This format allows readers to find clues, make discoveries, fill in gaps in information, and revise ideas.  Share these activities with your young readers to help them discover the joys of inspiring, playful, and engaging wordless picture books.

1. Predict what the book is about.  Examine the paper cover (front and back), the cover flaps, and the title page.  What information can you find?  Based on this information, make a prediction.  When you finish reading the book, see if you were correct.
2. Examine the pictures on each page.  Then tell the story in your own words.
3. After telling the story, discuss the story elements: character, setting, plot, and big idea.
4. Think about how you came up with your storyline.  What clues did you find in the pictures to support your ideas?
5. Describe your experience reading a wordless picture book.
6. Why do you think the author chose to write a wordless book?  Why do you think the story might change depending on who is reading it?
7. Continue the story that takes place in the wordless picture book.  What do YOU think happens next?
8. Draw your own wordless story.  What was the most challenging part?  What was the most exciting?
9. Read another wordless picture book.  Here are some of my favorites!

A Ball for Daisy by Chris Raschka
The Boy & the Airplane by Mark Pett
Chalk by Bill Thomson
Draw! by Raúl Colón
The Fisherman and the Whale by Jessica Lanan
Float by Daniel Miyares
Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle
The Girl & the Bicycle by Mark Pett
Imagine! by Raúl Colón
Lines by Suzy Lee
The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
Magpie Magic by April Wilson
Sign Off by Stephen Savage
Spot, the Cat by Henry Cole
That Neighbor Kid by Daniel Miyares
Wave by Suzy Lee
Where's Walrus? by Stephen Savage
 

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How to Be a Lion

You may think this is a blog about how to be ferocious.  In fact, it's the opposite. 

Ed Vere has created a delightful picture book called How to Be a Lion.  The star of the story is Leonard.  He enjoys taking long walks, feeling the warmth of the sun, and hanging out on his thinking hill. He daydreams and writes poems and loves spending time with his best friend Marianne, a duck.  A pack of roaring, growling lion bullies tell him there's only one way to be a lion.  Leonard contemplates their words and, with an infusion of strength and courage from his friend Marianne, finds a way to stand up to his bullies . . . in his own way.

This really is a must-read for everyone.  I also highly recommend taking a look at the Brightly article: How to Be a Lion Is a Lovely Lesson in Being True to Yourself by Jennifer Garry.

Watch the story read aloud online.  You can take a look at the PV Storytime version or the Milkshake! version.

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The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade

Max Brallier's Last Kids on Earth book series is now a Netflix Original series!  And the fifth title came out today!  It's good to be Max Brallier right about now.  Read on if you can't wait to find out what the future holds for Jack and his friends.  If you're new to the series, stop right here.  Spoilers ahead!

The Last Kids on Earth and the Midnight Blade (09/17/19)
Surviving their first winter after the Monster Apocalypse was no easy feat, yet Jack and his buddies waste no time springing to action against some of the nastiest, most evil monsters around. When Jack discovers his Louisville Slicer has new, otherworldly powers, he's thrown into epic training to find out what kind of destruction the blade can wield. But between fighting off zombies, fleeing from strange, glowy Vine-Thingies erupting from the ground, and squeezing in a video game session or two, there's barely time left to figure out what's wrong with their buddy, Dirk, who's been acting weird any time he's around the undead. When an unexpected villain appears, can Jack and his friends save themselves--and the rest of the world--from cosmic domination?

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Telgemeier's Got Guts

Yes.  Raina Telgemeier has a new book out this week.  Please use your inside voice as you scream in delight.

Guts (09/17/19)
Raina wakes up one night with a terrible upset stomach. Her mom has one, too, so it's probably just a bug. Raina eventually returns to school, where she's dealing with the usual highs and lows: friends, not-friends, and classmates who think the school year is just one long gross-out session. It soon becomes clear that Raina's tummy trouble isn't going away... and it coincides with her worries about food, school, and changing friendships. What's going on?

Raina Telgemeier once again brings us a thoughtful, charming, and funny true story about growing up and gathering the courage to face -- and conquer -- her fears.

Watch the book trailer!  Watch a two-part interview with Raina!

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Practical Parenting: Be Social Media Smart

Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 3 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 37 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

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Stargazing with Jen Wang

Check out the heartwarming middle-grade graphic novel in the spirit of Real Friends and El Deafo, from New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jen Wang.

Stargazing  (September 10, 2019)
Moon is everything Christine isn't. She’s confident, impulsive, artistic . . . and though they both grew up in the same Chinese-American suburb, Moon is somehow unlike anyone Christine has ever known.  But after Moon moves in next door, these unlikely friends are soon best friends, sharing their favorite music videos and painting their toenails when Christine's strict parents aren't around. Moon even tells Christine her deepest secret: that she has visions, sometimes, of celestial beings who speak to her from the stars. Who reassure her that earth isn't where she really belongs.  Moon's visions have an all-too-earthly root, however, and soon Christine's best friend is in the hospital, fighting for her life. Can Christine be the friend Moon needs, now, when the sky is falling?

Jen Wang draws on her childhood to paint a deeply personal yet wholly relatable friendship story that’s at turns joyful, heart-wrenching, and full of hope.  Make sure you read the interview with this graphic novel creator!

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Bad Art Is Good

The worst art wins at BAD ART! on Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 4 p.m. Using a random smorgasbord of craft supplies, we'll start with self-portraits to get warmed up and then a second challenge that invites a little bit of artistic freedom.  There will be an award ceremony at the end for Bad Artist (3rd), Terrible Artist (2nd), and THE WORST (1st).  This event is open to creative kids ages 6-12.  Register online or by phone (444-7830) to be part of the terrible fun.  Registration opens 09/10.

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