What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Inaugural Young Artists Reception
The Kid Zone has boasted an art gallery for more than a decade. Each month, we highlight one of our local elementary schools. Fifteen pieces, selected by the school's art teacher, are displayed along our starred hallway. They are also posted to an online gallery on our website. And, beginning this school year, they will also be honored with a Young Artists Reception! The first one will highlight Gwin Elementary (art teacher = Amy Alfano) on Sunday, September 13, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. The featured artists, their families and friends, and anyone who enjoys art are welcome! Simply follow the stars to colorful art and delicious refreshments.
The next Young Artists Reception, featuring Bluff Park Elementary (art teacher = Shawn Argo), will be held on Sunday, October 11, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Perfect Pair #14
September is National Chicken Month! That makes this month's pair doubly perfect.
- Unusual Chickens for the Exceptional Poultry Farmer by Kelly Jones (2015)
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Twelve-year-old Sophie Brown feels like a fish out of water when she and her parents move from Los Angeles to the farm they’ve inherited from a great-uncle. But farm life gets more interesting when a cranky chicken appears and Sophie discovers the hen can move objects with the power of her little chicken brain: jam jars, the latch to her henhouse, the entire henhouse.... And then more of her great-uncle’s unusual chickens come home to roost. Determined, resourceful Sophie learns to care for her flock, earning money for chicken feed, collecting eggs. But when a respected local farmer tries to steal them, Sophie must find a way to keep them (and their superpowers) safe. Told in letters to Sophie’s abuela, quizzes, a chicken-care correspondence course, to-do lists, and more.
- City Chickens by Christine Heppermann (2012)
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Just outside of downtown Minneapolis, follow the sound of crowing and you will find Mary Britton Clouse’s Chicken Run Rescue. Over the years, Mary and her husband have given hundreds of homeless birds a safe place to rest until they can be adopted by caring families. Each chicken has a story to share, and the author (who adopted her own chicken) has crafted a spare, moving, and at times humorous text that will open young readers’ eyes and also inspire them to help all creatures great and small.
Enter the World of Geronimo Stilton
Spend some time in the wild world of your favorite newspaper mouse! Adventurers in grades 1-3 will play games featuring Space Mice, Cave Mice, and the Kingdom of Fantasy. They'll make a fabumouse craft and eat an assortment of cheese foods. And, of course, the guest of honor will be . . . Geronimo Stilton on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 4 p.m. Register online or by phone (444-7830).
All Geronimo Stilton books are shelved under J GER FIRST CHAPTER BOOK in the Kid Zone.
All Geronimo Stilton DVDs are shelved under G in the Kid Zone.
For Teen Library Board!
We have lots of BIG special events for kids at the Hoover Public Library, and we couldn't do it without our teen volunteers! The Teen Library Board will have its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. Drop by to eat snacks and learn more about volunteer opportunities for Hoover residents, grades 8-12. The Teen Library Board is also responsible for helping Wendy, our teen librarian, plan events for grades 7-12. Let your voice be heard!
Follow New Stars to a New Storytime Season!
Hoover Public Library's award-winning weekly storytimes will resume the week of September 14th! Click on the blue to find the one that's right for you! Click on the blue again to see the weekly themes for fall. And now, our storytellers!
Miss Anna Beth = Together with Twos
Mr Justin = Father Goose
Miss Polly = Early Birds
Miss Nay Nay = Tiny Tot Tales
Miss Katie Jane = After Lunch Bunch
Miss Traci = Storytime Live
Miss Alyssa = PJ Storytime
STORYTIME BONUS #1
You can also call our TeleTale line (444-7838) to listen to a story! Each week features a new story and a different storyteller.
STORYTIME BONUS #2
Mr Jeremy will lead our once-a-month Saturday storytime, Storybook Brunch! His first one will be Saturday, October 3, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
Snoopy Says Sign Up!
Snoopy, the world-famous beagle (and Charlie Brown's best friend), will soon star in a brand-new movie. The Peanuts Movie will hit theaters on November 6, 2015. How will Snoopy use his celebrity status in the meantime? To help libraries, of course! Snoopy is the honorary chair of our National Library Card Sign-Up Month campaign this September. Snoopy, the king of cool, knows that nothing is cooler than having a library card. It's the most important school supply of all! Library cards are free for all Hoover City and Jefferson County residents, including kids. Once you have one, you can use it to check out books, movies, music, puppets, and more! Stop by the Circulation Desk when the library reopens on September 12!
Mysteries of the Magesterium Deepen
I was a little late reading the first book in The Magesterium series by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. I just finished The Iron Trial on August 8th, and the sequel is already out! I can't reveal much about The Copper Gauntlet in this blog. It would unavoidably be swamped with spoilers. But I can tell you this. There is NO WAY I'm going to be a little late reading it. I can't wait to find out what happens next with Callum, Aaron, Tamara, and Havoc!
(In case you were wondering . . . yes, this is a great choice for fellow Harry Potter fans.)
Waiting for Kevin Henkes
What are we Waiting for? Kevin Henkes new picture book!
Five friends -- an owl, a puppy, a bear, a rabbit, and a pig -- sit happily on a windowsill, waiting for something amazing to happen. The owl is waiting for the moon. The pig is waiting for the rain. The bear is waiting for the wind. The puppy is waiting for the snow. And the rabbit is just looking out the window because he likes to wait! What will happen? Will patience win in the end? Or someday will the friends stop waiting and do something unexpected?
Waiting is a big part of childhood—waiting in line, waiting to grow up, waiting for something special to happen—but in this book, a child sets the stage and pulls the strings. Timeless, beautiful, and deeply heartfelt, this picture book about imaginative play, the seasons, friendship, and surprises marks a new pinnacle in Caldecott Medalist Kevin Henkes's extraordinary career.
The Making of a Navy SEAL
Yes, summer reading is over, but that doesn't mean you have to quit reading books about heroes! Especially real-life heroes. How else are you going to be inspired?
"Brandon Webb's experiences in the world's most elite sniper corps are the stuff of legend. From his grueling years of training in Naval Special Operations to his combat tours in the Persian Gulf and Afghanistan, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a rare and riveting look at the inner workings of the U.S. military through the eyes of a covert operations specialist. Yet it is Webb's distinguished second career as a lead instructor for the shadowy "sniper cell" and Course Manager of the Navy SEAL Sniper Program that trained some of America's finest and deadliest warriors--including Marcus Luttrell and Chris Kyle--that makes his story so compelling. From a candid chronicle of his student days, going through the sniper course himself, to his hair-raising close calls with Taliban and al Qaeda forces in the northern Afghanistan wilderness, to his vivid account of designing new sniper standards and training some of the most accomplished snipers of the twenty-first century, Webb provides a rare look at the making of the Special Operations warriors who are at the forefront of today's military. Explosive, revealing, and intelligent, The Making of a Navy SEAL provides a uniquely personal glimpse into one of the most challenging and secretive military training courses in the world."
I Like My Graphic Novels Sunny Side Up
The Holm siblings, Jennifer L. and Matthew, are the creators of the Babymouse series. They have teamed up once again -- this time to create a graphic novel based on true events from their childhood. Sunny Side Up is a must-read for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Cece Bell!
It's the summer of 1976. Sunny’s planned vacation with a best friend has turned into a solo trip to visit her grandfather at a Florida retirement village. Happily, there is one other child around: Buzz, a groundskeeper's boy, who turns her on to superhero comics and joins her in starting up a moderately lucrative business recovering golf balls and residents' (illegal) lost cats. Less happily, interspersed flashbacks reveal the reason for the sudden change of plans by tracking her older brother Dale's increasingly erratic behavior and drug abuse, leading up to an intervention in the wake of a violent incident.