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Catch You Later, Traitor

Now, THAT is a catchy title.  You don't even know what the book is about, and already you want to read it.  Well, what if I told you that Catch You Later, Traitor is written by author superstar Avi?  And what if I revealed that it's a story about a mystery-obsessed twelve-year-old boy living in Brooklyn 1951 who gets caught up in a real-life mystery when the FBI shows up on his doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist?  I know!  Now you want to read it even more!

Find out more about the story behind the story -- America's Red Scare -- when you read these books!
America in the 1950s by Edmund Lindop
Cold War Spies by Tim O'Shei
Cold War: The American Crusade Against World Communism, 1945-1991 by James A. Warren
Joseph McCarthy and the Cold War by Victoria Sherrow
The McCarthy Era: Communists in America by Ann Malaspina

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Spring Break at Camp Read S'more

The Hoover Public Library takes a break from its regular programming during Spring Break.  Instead, we offer a series of special events.  This year's theme is Camp Read S'More.  Each day will feature a different "camp" for kids, complete with everyone's favorite camp treat.  (Hint: It involves chocolate, marshmallows, and grahams.)  The events for grades 1-6 require registration.  You can sign up online by clicking on the blue.  You can also call 444-7830 or stop by a Kid Zone desk.  The events for preschool-Kindergarten do not require registration.  All events are FREE!

Dance Camp
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Stories and creative movement

Art Camp
Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Create a masterpiece with Mr. P.
Grades 1-6

Music Camp
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Stories and music

Science Camp
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.

Learn the science behind your favorite magic tricks.
Grades 1-6


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The Sounds of Cartoons

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Welcome to Whoville

"I like nonsense.  It wakes up the brain cells."
Dr. Seuss

If you like Dr. Seuss (or if you're like Dr. Seuss), you'll love Welcome to Whoville on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.  It's a bit belated, but we'll celebrate Seuss's birthday with some of his favorite characters -- the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, the Grinch, and more!  There will be games, crafts, Truffula Tree seeds, tasty treats, ink for a Yink, and maybe even some pocket wockets.  No need to RSVP to this party.  Simply "left foot, right foot, left foot, right" down the starred hallway.

Want Seuss books?  E  SEU
Want Seuss movies?  S
Want Seuss on your computer?

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Another Baseball Card Adventure

Dan Gutman has written lots of fantastic books.  One of his oldest series is still going strong.  A new Baseball Card Adventure book came out this week!  It's called Willie & Me.  Yep, the Willie refers to Willie Mays.  But that's not the only important baseball reference in this time-travel story.  

"Stosh thought he was finished traveling back in time. But then Ralph Branca shows up in his room one night, begging for Stosh's help. In 1951, Branca pitched a ball to Bobby Thomson that would become the "Shot Heard Round the World," a home run that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants and changed the lives of Branca and Thomson forever. Branca says the Giants were cheating, and he needs Stosh to use his power with baseball cards to go back in time and set things right. Stosh is determined to help, but he quickly learns that you can't change just one little thing in history. If he erases the Shot Heard Round the World, he may forever alter the life of a young rookie named Willie Mays. With wisdom from all the players he has helped before—plus the surprise return of some familiar faces—Stosh uses his power to travel in time using baseball cards one last time in a fabulous finale to the adventure of a lifetime."

All of Gutman's Baseball Card Adventures can be found under J  GUT.  Twelve in all!

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First, there was pink.  Then purple.  There's also been gold, green, and silver.  And now Victoria Kann brings you a splashy addition to her colorful book empire . . . Aqualicious.  "Pinkalicious and her family go on a trip to the beach for a day of sun, fun, and sand castles! The day gets even more exciting when Pinkalicious finds a mini-mermaid named Aqua while she's collecting shells. Aqua wants to find her way home, and Pinkalicious and Peter decide to help—after they show her all of the pinkamazing things to do at the seashore!"  After you read the book, find fun activities on the official website.

All of Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious picture books can be found under E  KAN.  All of the spin-off beginning reader titles can be found under E  I CAN  KAN  BEGINNING READER.  (These will also have an orange sticker on the spine label.)

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Virals Goes Terminal

The Virals series by Kathy Reichs and Brendan Reichs is coming to an end.  The final book is called Terminal.  So appropriate.

"Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang are tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too. These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, and they’ll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down—even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals’ powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities.  Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice—and the ultimate showdown."

  1. Virals
  2. Seizure
  3. Code
  4. Exposure
  5. Terminal
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Balloon Magic

DeWayne Reynolds (AKA Dr. Magical Balloons) is ready to wow you with Balloon Magic on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.   The good doctor uses balloon art to create the masks and props to bring book characters to colorful life.  He'll present a 30-minute show featuring two fractured fairytales by Jon Scieszka -- The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs and The Frog Prince, Continued.  Each child will enjoy refreshments and receive a balloon creation after the show.  No registration needed.  Simply follow the stars to the Program Room.

Find more balloon magic in these books!
The Amazing Air Balloon by Jean Van Leeuwen
Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade by Melissa Sweet
Experiments with Balloons by Robert Gardner
Harvey Potter's Balloon Farm by Jerdine Nolen 
Please Bring Balloons by Lindsay Ward
The Sky Sailors: The True Story of the Balloon Era by David L. Bristow
Spy in the Sky by Kathleen Karr
The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pène Du Bois

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March DVD Spinner -- Based on Books

Lots of our favorite books get turned into our favorite movies.  Find them easily during March 2015.  Here are just a few of the titles you'll find on our seasonal spinner.

  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Because of Winn-Dixie
  • The Borrowers
  • Bridge to Terabithia
  • Charlotte's Web
  • City of Ember
  • Diary of a Wimpy Kid
  • Eragon
  • Flipped
  • Holes
  • How to Eat Fried Worms
  • Hugo
  • The Last Unicorn
  • Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Matilda
  • The Mouse and the Motorcycle
  • Sarah Plain and Tall
  • Tuck Everlasting
  • Where the Red Fern Grows
  • A Wrinkle in Time
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Father Goose?

That's right!  Our Mother Goose storytime for one-year-olds is now called Father Goose.  Why?  Because Mr. Justin is back at Hoover and the featured storyteller for that program.  He has tons of storytime experience, plus he is a proud papa to a one-year-old son.  Father Goose will continue to be Tuesday mornings at 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.  It features stories, songs, and snacks.  Weekly registration is required because class size is limited to 15 children.  You can sign up online or by phone beginning Wednesday mornings.  Here are some of Mr. Justin's upcoming themes:

March 3, 2015 = Down on the Farm
March 10, 2015 = Vroom Vroom
March 17, 2015 = All Things Green
March 24, 2015 = Bunches of Bunnies
April 7, 2015 = Yummy Yummy
April 14, 2015 = Buzz Buzz Bugs
April 21, 2015 = The Deep Blue Sea
April 28, 2015 = The Favorites

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