What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
National Pencil Day
What, exactly, is the point of National Pencil Day? To celebrate my favorite writing implement, of course! The date for National Pencil Day (March 30, 2015) was chosen because Hymen Lipman received a patent for a pencil with an attached eraser on March 30, 1858. Do the math. The pencil is 157 years old today. Definitely worthy of a day-long dedication. Do we have books that correspond with this holiday? Sure do! Sharpen your minds (or wits) with these titles.
- Hot Dog and Bob and the Particularly Pesky Attack of the Pencil People by Lissa Rovetch
Fifth-grader Bob and his best friend Clementine are visited by the superhero Hot Dog from the planet Dogzalot to warn of an invasion of evil pencils with plans to erase the whole world.
- Little Red Writing by Joan Holub
Once upon a time, in pencil school, a brave little red pencil sets out to write an exciting story with nouns and adverbs and everything--but first she has to face the ravenous pencil sharpener, the Wolf 3000.
- The Pencil by Allan Ahlberg
A lonely pencil timidly draws a boy, a dog, and other items but soon faces a problem as his creations begin demanding changes, and when he draws an eraser to make them happy, the real trouble begins.
- Pencil of Doom! by Andy Griffiths
Northwest Southeast Central has always had strange teachers and weird students. But now it has a very dangerous ... pencil. At first, Henry McThrottle thinks this pencil is like any other pencil. But then things it draws start to come true. This might be fun if the pencil only drew nice things. But this pencil is mean -- and that means certain doom for Henry and his friends ... unless they can erase the pencil once and for all!
- Pencils Before the Store by Rachel Lynette
Shows the process of making pencils, from their beginning as trees to their ending in a student's hand.
The Boovs Have Invaded
My mom kept asking me if I'd seen the previews for the new animated movie Home. I told her I'd only seen a teaser that conveyed absolutely no plot line whatsoever, but that the animation style looked good. So she kept asking me. And I kept giving the same response. Finally, I decided to do a little research (I am a librarian, after all), and I discovered something unexpected and exciting. Home is based on The True Meaning of Smekday by Adam Rex. I read that book! I thought that book was super funny! And now it's a movie! Thanks, Mom!
There is now a sequel to The True Meaning of Smekday. It is called Smek for President! (Yes, the exclamation point is officially part of the title.)
I read Half Bad by Sally Green last April. It was touted as the first book in an internationally loved fantasy trilogy. That means I was either gonna be seriously disappointed or pretty darn impressed. My verdict? I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads, with the following review:
"A fully-fleshed Witch society within our fain society. A child labeled by his mixed parentage and punished for it. This is the book Harry Potter fans read when they want something a little grittier but just as magical."
So, yeah, I'm looking forward to the sequel, Half Wild. It came out yesterday. I have a hold on it. So whoever gets it before me, please read quickly!
We Need Your Talent!
It's almost time for our third annual talent show at Hoover Public Library. Hoover Has Talent will hit the Library Theatre on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Anyone is welcome to watch, but we need some kids showcasing their talents on stage. That's where YOU come in! We are accepting applications now. Print the form or pick one up at the desk in the Kid Zone. Applications must be submitted by April 6.
Wangari Maathai was an amazing woman. She founded the Green Belt Movement, an "environmental organization that empowers communities (particularly women) to conserve the environment and improve livelihoods," in Kenya 1977. In 2004, she was the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Her life is an inspiration. Why not find out more about Wangari Maathai this Women's History Month? There are several wonderful books about her in the Kid Zone.
- Great Women Leaders by Heather Ball (2004)
- Mama Miti: Wangari Maathai and the Trees of Kenya by Donna Jo Napoli (2010)
- Planting the Trees of Kenya: The Story of Wangari Maathai by Claire A. Nivola (2008)
- Paths to Peace: People Who Changed the World by Jane Breskin Zalben (2006)
- Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace by Jen Cullerton Johnson (2010)
- Wangari Maathai: The Woman Who Planted Millions of Trees by Franck Prévot (2015)
- Wangari's Trees of Peace: A True Story from Africa by Jeanette Winter (2008)
Penderwicks in Spring
Today is the first day of spring! That makes it the perfect day to announce my good news. Jeanne Birdsall's beloved Penderwicks series will now be four books long. Penderwicks in Spring will be published on Monday, March 23, 2015. "Springtime is finally arriving on Gardam Street, and with it comes all the joyful chaos of the Penderwicks. The brood has grown to six with the addition of Lydia, the new youngest sibling, and there are surprises in store for all. Some surprises are just wonderful, like Nick Geiger coming home from war. And some are ridiculous, like Batty’s new dog-walking business, which has resulted in her spending an inordinate amount of time with Duchess, a very fat dachshund, and Cilantro, a wrinkled shar-pei with a bark like a lovelorn tuba. Batty is saving up her dog-walking money for an extra-special surprise for her family, which she plans to present on her upcoming birthday. The timing is perfect: Rosalind will be home from college, Skye and Jane will put their bothersome teenage worries aside to celebrate, and Jeffrey, honorary Penderwick and Batty’s musical mentore, will be visiting from Boston. But when an unwelcome surprise arrives, the best-laid plans fall apart. Filled with all the heart, hilarity, and charm that have come to define this beloved clan, The Penderwicks in Spring is about fun and family and friends (and dogs), and what happens when you bring what’s hidden into the bright light of the spring sun."Find the other three titles in the Kid Zone under J BIR. These make great family read-alouds!
Insurgent: Shatter Reality
The second installment in the Divergent movie franchise debuts this weekend. Insurgent "raises the stakes for Tris as she searches for allies and answers in the ruins of a futuristic Chicago. Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four (Theo James) are now fugitives on the run, hunted by Jeanine (Kate Winslet), the leader of the power-hungry Erudite elite. Racing against time, they must find out what Tris’s family sacrificed their lives to protect, and why the Erudite leaders will do anything to stop them. Haunted by her past choices but desperate to protect the ones she loves, Tris, with Four at her side, faces one impossible challenge after another as they unlock the truth about the past and ultimately the future of their world." If you haven't read the book yet, make sure you do!
Book Review: Sapiens
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari, 2015
Sapiens is more than just a brief history of mankind; it is a treatise about what it is to be human. Yuval Noah Harari, getting his PhD at Oxford, is a very talented writer who makes something like 100,000 years of history both interesting and understandable. He breaks down human growth into revolutions. He begins with the agricultural revolution and continues to the present where he speculates on what could be in store for humankind in years to come. Harari talks about gender, how we eat, what we think about, and how happiness has escaped us. His detailed research notes would allow a very curious reader to explore the sources he used to reach his conclusions. Like any good philosophy book, Sapiens encourages the reader to make up their own mind about what is presented.
You can find this book in our New Nonfiction area. Call the Nonfiction desk at 444-7840 to reserve a copy.
Book Review: The Teenage Brain
The Teenage Brain: A Neuroscientist's Survival Guide to Raising Adolescents and Young Adults by Frances E. Jensen, 2015
If you have ever wondered what was going through your teenager’s head this book has the answers for you. Written by Frances E. Jensen, who has decades of medical experience under her belt, this book wants to help parents, teachers, and everyone else understand what is going on with the teenagers in their lives. Jensen gives a good grounding in modern neurology with definitions of clinical terms, explanations of neurological tests and MRIs of teenage brains. Each section of the book focuses on a health behavior - for example, smoking - and its impact on the brains of both adults and teenagers. If you know anything about brain science you will enjoy this but if you are just interested in learning more about your teenager’s brain then you will definitely get something out of this too.
You can find this book in our New Nonfiction area at the front of the library. Call 444-7840 to reserve it today.
No Jacket Required: The Civil Rights Movement
No Jacket Required – The Civil Rights Movement The library’s nonfiction genre group discussed The Civil Rights Movement in March. These are the titles recommended by this month's attendees:
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody
Some of My Best Friends Are Black by Tanner Colby
Blessed Are the Peacemakers by S. Jonathan Bass
The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Green Power by A.G. Gaston
Leaving Gees Bend by Irene Latham
This Little Light of Mine: The Life of Fannie Lou Hamer by Kay Mills
The A.G. Gaston Motel in Birmingham by Marie Sutton
All Eyes Are Upon Us: Race and Politics from Boston to Brooklyn by Jason Sokol
Foot Soldiers for Democracy edited by Horace Huntley and John W. McKerley
Belles of Liberty by Linda B. Brown
Marshalling Justice: The Early Civil Rights Letter of Thurgood Marshall
Slavery By Another Name by Douglas A. Blackmon
Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup
My Soul is Rested by Howell Raines
Selma, Lord, Selma by Sheyann Webb and Rachel West Nelson as told to Frank Sikora
Our next session will be held on Wednesday, April 15 and the topic is “What’s Your Hobby?” Call 444-7840 for more information.