What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Are You an Angry Bird?
Did you see The Angry Birds Movie yet? It debuted on the big screen on May 20, 2016. The movie is inspired by the super popular game about an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (a bird with a temper problem), speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to and maybe save the day.
If you love the game and/or the movie, you don't want to miss our Angry Birds event for grades 4-6 on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. Feathers will fly as the Angry Birds face their foes and have some fun. Get ready for demolition, drawing, egg retrieval, and more! Register online or by phone (444-7830).
Want more Angry Bird fun? Check out one of the DVDs from the animated series! They are shelved under A in the Kid Zone's movie collection.
Iron Chef: Allez Cuisine!
I haven't had cable TV or a computer in my home since 2003. And I am a DISASTER in the kitchen. So I had to ask people (and Google) about this Iron Chef thing. Yes, I'm suitably embarrassed. But now, with my newfound knowledge, I'm also excited about one of our upcoming teen summer reading events! We're hosting our own Iron Chef for grades 7-12 on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Can YOUR team create a tasty snack using the secret ingredient? Register online or by phone (444-7826). Want to practice your kitchen craft? Check out one of these books!
- Big Snacks, Little Meals: After School, Dinnertime, Anytime by Rose Dunnington
- Cooking: How to Make Food for Your Friends, Your Family & Yourself by Patricia Daniels & Darcie Johnston
- Cool Game Day Parties: Beyond the Basics for Kids Who Cook by Lisa Wagner (had to include this one -- totally matches our summer reading theme!)
- Eat Fresh Food: Awesome Recipes for Teen Chefs by Rozanne Gold
- The Forest Feast for Kids: Colorful Vegetarian Recipes That Are Simple to Make by Erin Gleeson
- The Green Teen Cookbook: Recipes for All Seasons -- Written by Teens, for Teens edited by Laurane Marchive
- How to Cook in 10 Easy Lessons: Learn How to Prepare Food and Cook Like a Pro by Wendy Sweetser
- Noodlemania!: 50 Playful Pasta Recipes by Melissa Barlow
- Starting from Scratch: What You Should Know About Food and Cooking by Sarah Elton
- Teen Cuisine by Matthew Locricchio
Train Your Brain #1
Give your brain a workout this summer with our nonfiction blog series! Every week for the next eight weeks of Summer Reading, we will post a list of super informative titles that focus on all kinds of sports and maintaining an active lifestyle. We're kicking off with Train Your Brain: Boost Your Fitness Brainpower. Pump up your knowledge about the human body and how you can stay healthy and strong. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list. Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.
Thump-Thump: Learning About Your Heart by Pamela Hill Nettleton
E 612.17 NET
Super Simple Walk & Run: Healthy and Fun Activities to Move Your Body by Nancy Tuminelly
E 613.7 TUM
I Like to Exercise by Lisa M. Herrington
E 613.7 HER BEGINNING READER
Keeping Fit by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
E 613.71 BOR BEGINNING READER
Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue by Maris Wicks
J 612 WIC
The Circulatory System: Where Do I Get My Energy? by Chris Oxlade
J 612.1 OXL
Your Respiratory System Works! by Rebecca Olien
J 612.7 OLI
Strength Training for Teen Athletes: Exercises to Take Your Game to the Next Level by Karen Latchana Kenney
J 613.7 KEN
Yoga for Fun! by Jana Voelke Studelska
J 613.7 STU
Double Dutch: A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood by Veronica Chambers
J 796.2 CHA
Two New Picture Books for the Traveling Reader
- Are We There Yet? by Dan Santat
In this astonishingly inventive new book from Caldecott Medalist Dan Santat, boredom is taken to the extreme. We all know time slows down when you’re bored–but what happens when time slows down so completely it starts going backward? On this boring car ride, a boy and his family travel back in time, visiting cowboys, pirates, dinosaurs, and more! And since time flies when you’re having fun, the boy is hurtled forward into the future–complete with robots and flying cars. But no matter how much fun distractions can be, the boy must learn to appreciate the present to reach his ultimate destination: his grandmother’s house.
Watch the book trailer!
- If You Ever Want to Bring a Piano to the Beach, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Magnolia, the star of Parsley’s If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!, and her multiracial family are beach-bound, and Magnolia insists on bringing the family piano. Before long, the piano has smooshed their lunch, gotten covered in seagull droppings, and floated off into the water. A situation this off-kilter requires a solution to match—fishing pole to the rescue!—and even that leads to more surprises. Magnolia’s wiser-than-thou narration and Parsley’s energetic illustrations are in perfect comic sync, though no words are needed for a misanthropically hilarious scene of Magnolia and her piano being attacked by hungry seagulls.
Looking for a Dozen Summer Romances?
Then take a peek at Summer Days and Summer Nights: Twelve Love Stories! This book features a dozen stories about soaking up the summer sun and falling in love, written by twelve best-selling authors:
- Leigh Bardugo
- Francesca Lia Block
- Libba Bray
- Cassandra Clare
- Brandy Colbert
- Tim Federle
- Lev Grossman
- Nina Lacour
- Stephanie Perkins
- Veronica Roth
- Jon Skovron
- Jennifer E. Smith
If you're looking for more romantic reads and you need a break from the summer heat, try the other compilation edited by Stephanie Perkins -- My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories.
150 Years of Alice
2015 marked the 150th anniversary of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. And we're almost halfway through 2016. No, I'm not late, late for a very important date. I purposely postponed this post to coincide with the big screen release of Alice Through the Looking Glass! In this sequel to Disney's 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland, Alice returns to the whimsical world of Wonderland (and travels back in time) to save the Mad Hatter. The original star-studded cast returns -- Johnny Depp, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, and Mia Wasikowska -- plus Sacha Baron Cohen as Time. If you go to see it, prepare yourself for "visual extravagance" and extreme quirkiness.
AWESOME ALICE BONUS FROM BRITISH LIBRARY!
Want to flip through the original, hand-penned and illustrated manuscript? You can read it AND hear it when you visit Alice's Adventures Under Ground.
Hensel & Gretel: Ninja Chicks
"These ninja chicks are anything but chicken! When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried. But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox? This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!"
Laser Blast Combat
Teen Summer Reading is kicking-off with a field trip to Ultra Blast Combat Center on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. The library will provide admission for the teens (grades 7-12) that want to go. Yeah, we're awesome that way. But you have to let us know you're coming! Register online or by phone (444-7826) ASAP.
Matt Tavares Steps Up to the Summer Reading Plate
Matt Tavares is a talented author and illustrator. He's also the man responsible for this year's summer reading graphics! Matt grew up surrounded by books and reading. He rediscovered his love for picture books while a studio art major at Bates College. For his senior project, Matt wrote and illustrated a story called Sebastian's Ball, about a boy who caught a magic foul ball at a Boston Red Sox game. Three years later, after much revision, that project became Zachary's Ball, Matt's first published picture book. Since then, Matt has written and illustrated several award-winning picture books, mostly about sports. That's why he's such a perfect match for our program this year! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ some of Matt's books!
Becoming Babe Ruth (2013)
Crossing Niagara: The Death-Defying Tightrope Adventures of the Great Blondin (2016)
Growing Up Pedro (2015)
Henry Aaron's Dream (2010)
Oliver's Game (2004)
Zachary's Ball (2000)
Summer Reading 2016
Everyone's a winner during this year's sports/fitness-themed summer reading program! On Your Mark, Get Set, READ! is our children's summer reading program for birth through rising sixth grade. (Make sure you watch the official commercial, starring Mr Justin and Miss Anna Beth and featuring the vocal talents of Mr Steve.) Get in the Game -- READ! is our teen summer reading program for rising seventh through twelfth grade.
Registration begins Monday, May 23, 2016 and continues through July 18, 2016. To sign up, simply stop by a Kid Zone or Teen Spot desk. We ask a couple of questions for our stats (grade, name of school), then we hand you a bag of fun free stuff. The most important thing you'll find in your bag is your reading log. Every time you finish a book this summer, add the title to your log. You'll also want to write down the number of pages in each book. That's because you earn a ticket for every 100 pages! These tickets can be exchanged for prizes in our Prize Locker, which opens Wednesday, June 1, 2016. Prizes cost 2, 5, 10, or 15 tickets. Teens can also use their tickets to enter into drawings for larger prizes. Check the summer reading display by the teen desk for specifics. Children also have a chance to win something big! Every child who reaches 500 pages will have their name entered into a drawing for a bicycle! Important thing to remember in all the excitement -- summer reading is not a race to see who reads the most or the fastest. Read for fun and set a reading goal that's right for YOU! The final day to redeem your tickets is August 3, 2016.
If you need help finding amazing books this summer, make sure you take a look at our official summer reading lists. They are filled with our favorite fiction titles about playing sports and having fun. I'll link to them at the end of this blog, but they are also always available in the Downloads sections of both the Kid Zone and Teen Spot webpages. If you love nonfiction books, stay tuned to the blog all summer long for our Train Your Brain series. For a sneak peek at some of the titles on the lists, watch our Summer Reading 2016 books trailer.
- Summer Reading 2016 Preschool - Second Grade
- Summer Reading 2016 Third - Sixth Grade
- Summer Reading 2016 Seventh - Twelfth Grade
Author Kate DiCamillo thinks you should sign up for Summer Reading, too! Click here to learn more.