What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Staff Favorites at Book Bites
This Sunday, April 22, 2018 is our final Book Bites of the school year. It will feature Staff Favorites. Join Miss Traci and Mr Justin at 3 p.m. to hear about some of your favorite Kid Zone librarians' most-loved titles. Maybe you'll add them to your summer reading list! That is just around the corner. Stay tuned for more information about that fun. You might decide to read them right away. After the booktalks, you're welcome to check out any of the books that sounded good to you. You'll also get to eat a snack. Book Bites is geared for Kindergarten to 5th grade. No need to sign up for this event. Simply follow the stars on Sunday.
Thank You, Earth
Earth Day is Sunday, April 22, 2018. Celebrate with the latest book from a remarkable woman named April. How appropriate!
Thank You, Earth: A Love Letter to Our Planet by April Pulley Sayre (February 20, 2018)
Photographs of the natural world accompany a poem that gives thanks to the earth. The author/photographer of Raindrops Roll, Best in Snow, and Full of Fall has penned a lyrical thank you note to Earth illustrated with her signature photography. Close-ups featuring alluring shapes, patterns, and textures; seascapes and mountains; animals in action; and striking skies are varied and beautifully reproduced and arranged, with the text of the poem set directly on the pictures in large, legible print. “Dear earth,” she begins. “Thank you for water and those that float,/for slippery seaweed/and stone. Thank you for mountains and minerals,/that strengthen bills/and bone.” The carefully crafted verse, with its rhymes and repeated sounds, should be a pleasure to read aloud—Sayre’s skillful use of enjambment is notable, too. A long author’s note suggests ways that young people can say thank-you to the earth themselves that go beyond the usual. A list of selected resources and organizations and a welcome explanation (subject and location) of every photograph complete this attractive package. (from School Library Journal)
No, I'm not just referencing the weather. I'm talking about the newest book in the Track series.
Sunny by Jason Reynolds (#3 -- April 10, 2018)
Sunny is just that—sunny. Always ready with a goofy smile and something nice to say, Sunny is the chillest dude on the Defenders team. But Sunny’s life hasn’t always been sun beamy-bright. You see, Sunny is a murderer. Or at least he thinks of himself that way. His mother died giving birth to him, and based on how Sunny’s dad treats him—ignoring him, making Sunny call him Darryl, never “Dad”—it’s no wonder Sunny thinks he’s to blame. It seems the only thing Sunny can do right in his dad’s eyes is win first place ribbons running the mile, just like his mom did. But Sunny doesn’t like running, never has. So he stops. Right in the middle of a race.
With his relationship with his dad now worse than ever, the last thing Sunny wants to do is leave the other newbies—his only friends—behind. But you can’t be on a track team and not run. So Coach asks Sunny what he wants to do. Sunny’s answer? Dance. Yes, dance. But you also can’t be on a track team and dance. Then, in a stroke of genius only Jason Reynolds can conceive, Sunny discovers a track event that encompasses the hard hits of hip-hop, the precision of ballet, and the showmanship of dance as a whole: the discus throw. As Sunny practices the discus, learning when to let go at just the right time, he’ll let go of everything that’s been eating him up inside, perhaps just in time.
There's a reading group guide if you want to share it with a class or book group. Trust me, you'll want to share it.
Jackie Robinson Day
"The numbers only tell part of the story. They cannot capture the essence of the man, his legacy, or all of his accomplishments. There's not a formula, not even in this day and age in baseball, that can measure Jackie Robinson's impact. But there is one number -- Robinson's famous No. 42 jersey, which was retired throughout the game in 1997, and Major League Baseball's commitment to celebrating his life on April 15 every year since 2004 -- that has become perhaps the most important in the sport."
This is directly from Major League Baseball's official website. That is the power of Jackie Robinson. Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day this Sunday, April 15, 2018 by donning the number 42 and reading one of the newest titles about his life.
42 Is Not Just a Number by Doreen Rappaport (2017)
Grabbing readers’ attention with lines such as, “It was 3:00 a.m., but no one in the Robinson family was sleeping,” Rappaport pulls them in close to witness events that shaped baseball great Jackie Robinson. From a racist encounter with a neighbor at age eight to his time spent in the U.S. Army and the Negro Leagues, 21 short chapters tell a story of courage, self-control, and perseverance. One chapter excerpts poignant fan letters sent during Jackie’s first season with the Brooklyn Dodgers: “If I can raise my boy to be half the man that you are,” an admirer writes. Drawing from Robinson’s autobiography and other sources, Rappaport explores some of the seminal events in Robinson’s life and the ballplayer’s feelings about them, ably profiling a groundbreaking athlete and “one-person civil rights movement.” (from Publishers Weekly)
The United States v. Jackie Robinson by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen (2018)
Before he made baseball history, Jackie Robinson fought segregation in the U.S. Army. Bardhan-Quallen focuses on Robinson’s acts of resistance, including his refusal to give up his seat on a military bus, for which he was court martialed: “He was one of the first black Americans to challenge a segregation law in court. And he won.” The story jumps from this victory to Robinson’s post-Army life, as he played baseball with the Negro League Monarchs, minor league Royals, and Brooklyn Dodgers, where he cemented his legacy as the first African-American major leaguer. Raw, sweeping brushstrokes bring a sense of extemporaneous energy to Christie’s gouache paintings. Readers who only associate Robinson with the baseball diamond will recognize how his success depended as much on his perseverance as his batting average. (from Publishers Weekly)
Lulu Is Getting a Sister
Lulu has received the worst. News. EVER. She’s getting…a baby sister. No one ever asked HER opinion on this debacle. But she’ll tell you anyway, because she no how, no way, no thank you wants a sibling.
Undeterred, and to prepare Lulu for big sisterhood, her parents bribe—AHEM, ask—Lulu to attend Camp Sisterhood, a.k.a. big sister training camp. As a Sister-in-Training (SIT), Lulu is assigned a variety of temporary little “siblings” who are supposed to be so much fun Lulu will become excited to have a permanent sibling of her own. Well, no one ever said Camp Sisterhood was supposed to teach Lulu how to be a good big sister, so Lulu resolves to be a bad big sister. She insults her little siblings. She taunts them with secrets. She even tricks one of them into carrying both of their backpacks up a mountain! But no matter what Lulu does, she can’t shake the little terrors.
Then some BITs (brothers-in-training) from the neighboring Camp Brotherhood start picking on Lulu’s siblings, and Lulu responds by doing her red-faced, steam-coming-out-of-her-ears thing and showing those BITs who’s boss! After all, Lulu’s siblings may be duds, but they’re her duds, and sisters have to stick together. Besides, in the end, Lulu figures that having a little sister probably won’t be as bad as a getting a tooth pulled. Probably.
Read Judith Viorst's third hilarious illustrated chapter book, Lulu Is Getting a Sister.
National Library Week 2018
I'm a bit behind in spreading the word. This is National Library Week! Celebrate libraries (especially Hoover Public) April 8-14, 2018! This year's theme is Libraries Lead. Let us lead you to your next favorite book, movie, or hobby. This year is a big deal because it is the 60th anniversary of NLW. There is a great article in the March/April 2018 issue of American Libraries magazine. Trust me -- it will be of interest to people other than librarians. Also, special thanks to Misty Copeland, our honorary chair of National Library Week 2018! Learn more about this bestselling author and American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer by reading one of her books.
Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird by Misty Copeland & Christopher Myers (2014)
You Should Meet: Misty Copeland by Laurie Calkhoven (2016)
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Young, Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present by Jamia Wilson & Andrea Pippins (2018)
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Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland with Charisse Jones (2014)
Rebound to Kwame Alexander
Kwame Alexander has published a prequel to his Newbery Medal-winning The Crossover ! I checked out a copy today. Click on the title to add your name to the waiting list.
Rebound by Kwame Alexander (April 2, 2018)
Before Josh and Jordan Bell were streaking up and down the court, their father was learning his own moves. Chuck Bell takes center stage, as readers get a glimpse of his childhood and how he became the jazz music worshiping, basketball star his sons look up to.
A novel in verse with all the impact and rhythm readers have come to expect from Kwame Alexander, Rebound will go back in time to visit the childhood of Chuck "Da Man" Bell during one pivotal summer when young Charlie is sent to stay with his grandparents where he discovers basketball and learns more about his family's past.
Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Goes Green!
The Hoover Library will be starting a Learning Garden on the patio outside the Plaza. Help us and a local master gardener brainstorm ideas for this new venture at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 4 p.m. We will also make stepping stones to place in the new garden. Don't worry -- you'll have something to take home, too! You'll receive a plant for gardening practice. This program is for children age 8-12. Space is limited and registration is required. Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
Hoppy Easter from Storytime Allstars
Hoover Public Library will be closed for Good Friday on March 30, 2018. We will also be closed for Easter Sunday on April 1, 2018. But we will be open on Saturday, March 31! And we'll be having storytime! Join Miss Polly for Storytime Allstars at 10:30 a.m. Her theme will be Hoppy Easter, and it will feature stories about bunnies, frogs, and other creatures that have a spring in their step. The storytime includes stories, songs, a short movie, and a snack. It is open for all ages and doesn't require a registration. Simply hop along the starred hallway to the Youth Program Room.
Another Narwhal and Jelly!
Peanut Butter and Jelly by Ben Clanton (#3 - March 27, 2018)
Narwhal and Jelly are back and Narwhal has a new obsession . . . peanut butter! He’s so obsessed he even wants to change his name to . . . that’s right . . . Peanut Butter! Ever-sensible Jelly isn’t so sure that’s the best idea, but is all for Narwhal trying new things (instead of just eating waffles all the time, no matter how delicious waffles are). In this third graphic novel, Narwhal and Jelly star in three new stories about trying new things, favorite foods and accepting who we are. Always funny and never didactic, this underwater duo charms again through their powerful combination of positive thinking, imagination and joyfulness.