What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Let's Blast Back!
This new nonfiction series by Nancy Ohlin is perfect for fans of the Who Was/What Was series. So far, there are six titles available in the Kid Zone.
- Blast Back!: Ancient Egypt
- Blast Back!: Ancient Greece
- Blast Back!: The American Revolution
- Blast Back!: The Civil War
- Blast Back!: The Titanic
- Blast Back!: World War II
Plus, two titles are being published today, April 4, 2017!
- Blast Back!: The Great Wall of China
When people think about the Great Wall of China, that massive structure is likely to come to mind. But why did they build the wall in the first place, and how is it even still standing? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black and white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they've traveled back in time. It covers everything from how the Wall was built to what life in China was like at that time, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how working on the wall was often a form of punishment, and how the wall is so long it could wrap around the world twice!
- Blast Back!: Vikings
When people think about Vikings, things like big ships and helmets with horns may come to mind. But what was it really like to be a Viking? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black and white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they've traveled back in time. It covers everything from the ships they sailed to everyday life, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the Vikings discovered North America long before Christopher Columbus, and how one Harry Potter character was named after a famous creature from Viking mythology!
And there's more to come this summer! Get ready for Blast Back!: The Space Race (June 13) and Blast Back!: The Salem Witch Trials (July 25).
Trolls in the Kidz Kitchen
"Ok, people, hair we go!" We've invited some of the Trolls to our upcoming Kidz Kitchen on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. No, we're not going to eat them! We're not Bergens! They are our celebrity chefs, and they'll be helping us whip up some super tasty treats. Get ready for Rainbow Fruit Kabobs, Flower Pretzel Cookies, and cream-filled Mr. Dinkles. And, since Trolls love nothing more than to dance, and hug, and sing, and dance, and sing, and hug, and dance and hug, and dance, and sing, and hug, and dance, and hug, we will of course be jamming to some music from the soundtrack while we make our tasty creations. One of the songs says, "Everybody, shake your hair and feel united." So we're also making Troll Hair Headbands!
The Boss Baby -- Arriving March 31, 2017
Marla Frazee wrote a picture book called The Boss Baby in 2011. Dreamworks has taken her basic concept and turned it into The Boss Baby, a full-length animated movie that hits theaters March 31, 2017.
"Boss Baby (voiced by Alec Baldwin) is a most unusual baby. He wears a suit, carries a briefcase and is on a secret mission to discover why babies are losing their market share of love. In order to accomplish this mission, he will have to join forces with his big brother, Tim. The Boss Baby is a hilariously universal story about how a new baby's arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator , a wildly imaginative 7-year-old."
Crafty Bird Brains
Chicken Little meets Peep and learns the truth about the sky falling in our next Crafty Characters event on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Make two traditional crafts and a snack craft while you're munching on every chicken's favorite food -- popcorn! This is the final Crafty Characters program before we take our summer break. Don't miss it!
We're All Wonders
In Wonder, R.J. Palacio’s debut middle-grade novel featuring Auggie, a fifth-grade boy born with a facial deformity, the author delivered a powerful message about the importance of kindness, tolerance, and acceptance. She will now introduce Auggie to a younger audience in We’re All Wonders, her first picture book.
With spare, powerful text and richly-imagined illustrations, We're All Wonders shows readers what it's like to live in Auggie's world - a world in which he feels like any other kid, but he's not always seen that way. The story taps into every child's longing to belong, and to be seen for who they truly are. It's the perfect way for families and teachers to talk about empathy, difference and kindness with young children.
Be Part of the Tenth Annual Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards!
The Children’s and Teen Choice Book Awards, presented by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader, are the only national book awards chosen exclusively by kids and teens! Click here for a printable list of all titles. Click on the individual titles within this blog to see where you can find the books on our shelves. Then cast your vote online. Voting is open until May 7, 2017!
K- 2nd Grade Finalists
DON’T WAKE UP THE TIGER by Britta Teckentrup
FRANKENCRAYON by Michael Hall
KING BABY by Kate Beaton
MADELINE FINN AND THE LIBRARY DOG by Lisa Papp
NANOBOTS by Chris Gall
PEEP AND EGG: I’M NOT HATCHING by Laura Gehl; illus. by Joyce Wan
THE THANK YOU BOOK by Mo Willems
3rd-4th Grade Finalists
THE ANT AND THE GRASSHOPPER by Carl Sommer; illus. by Ignacio Noe
DUCK ON A TRACTOR by David Shannon
THE HOLE STORY OF THE DOUGHNUT by Pat Miller; illus. by Vincent Kirsch
NOODLEHEAD NIGHTMARES by Tedd Arnold, Martha Hamilton, and Mitch Weiss; illus. by Tedd Arnold
ONCE UPON AN ELEPHANT by Linda Stanek; illus. by Shennen Bersani
WHOOSH!: LONNIE JOHNSON'S SUPER-SOAKING STREAM OF INVENTIONS by Chris Barton; illus. by Don Tate
WOLF CAMP by Andrea Zuill
5th-6th Grade Finalists
BOOKED by Kwame Alexander
FUZZY by Tom Angleberger and Paul Dellinger
GARVEY’S CHOICE by Nikki Grimes
HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD by Judd Winick
MAKER LAB by Jack Challoner
THE MISADVENTURES OF MAX CRUMBLY 1: LOCKER HERO by Rachel Renée Russell
WET CEMENT by Bob Raczka
A COURT OF MIST AND FURY by Sarah J. Maas
CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo
THE CROWN by Kiera Cass
HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD, PARTS 1 & 2, Special Rehearsal Edition Script by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR by Nicola Yoon
THIS IS WHERE IT ENDS by Marieke Nijkamp
A TORCH AGAINST THE NIGHT by Sabaa Tahir
Can You Say Kwame?
Of course you can! Kwame Alexander is one of the top names in youth literature. What?!?! You somehow haven't heard of him?!?! He won the Newbery Medal for The Crossover in 2015. And he's already published three books this year. Yes, your math is correct. Three books in three months. I told you the man was a powerhouse!
- Animal Ark: Celebrating Our Wild World in Poetry and Pictures
A howling wolf, a stalking tiger, a playful panda, a dancing bird – pairing the stunning photography of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore with the delicate poetry of Newbery award-winning author Kwame Alexander, this lush picture book celebrates the beauty, diversity, and fragility of the animal world.
Featuring more than 40 unique animal portraits, the pages invite kids to explore each creature's markings, textures, and attributes in stunning detail, while calling on all of us to help protect each and every one. Three picture-packed gatefolds inside showcase even more familiar and exotic species. These images are part of Sartore's lifelong project to photograph every animal in the world, with special attention given to disappearing and endangered species.
- Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award–winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
- The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life
You gotta know the rules to play the game. Ball is life. Take it to the hoop. Soar. What can we imagine for our lives? What if we were the star players, moving and grooving through the game of life? What if we had our own rules of the game to help us get what we want, what we aspire to, what will enrich our lives?
Illustrated with photographs by Thai Neave, The Playbook is intended to provide inspiration on the court of life. Each rule contains wisdom from inspiring athletes and role models such as Nelson Mandela, Serena Williams, LeBron James, Carli Lloyd, Steph Curry and Michelle Obama. Kwame Alexander also provides his own poetic and uplifting words, as he shares stories of overcoming obstacles and winning games in this motivational and inspirational book just right for graduates of any age and anyone needing a little encouragement.
I Am (Not) Scared
"Two fuzzy friends go to an amusement park. They try to convince each other that there are much scarier things than the roller coaster. Hairy spiders! Aliens! Fried ants! They soon discover that sometimes being scared isn’t as “scary” as they thought. With expressive illustrations and simple text, this giggle-inducing tale about (not) being scared features the endearing characters from You Are (Not) Small and That's (Not) Mine."
I love it when official summaries do such a fantastic job of summarizing. It makes my blogging job so simple! Now that you know what the story is about, check it out! The book is I Am (Not) Scared by Anna Kang and Christopher Weyant.
A Laurie Berkner Book
Everybody loves Laurie Berkner! We use her songs in storytime all the time. You guys check out her CDs from our Kid Zone Music collection. (Have you grabbed her latest album yet? It's called Superhero. Also available on Hoopla!) And now one of her most beloved songs is a picture book!
We Are the Dinosaurs illustrated by Ben Clanton
Featuring an adorable cast of characters and vibrant, playful art, We Are the Dinosaurs transports readers back in time to when the dinosaurs roamed the earth. They eat, rest, and roar. And, of course, they march . . . making the earth flat. Whaddaya think of that?
Power Rangers Movie Night Out
You know you want to see it. You were a big fan as a kid and, though you've matured tremendously, you still kind of love it. I totally understand. I feel the same way about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. If you're a teen (ages 13-18) who loves Power Rangers and wants to see the new movie FOR FREE, sign up to be part of Hoover Public Library's Teen Movie Night Out on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 at 4 p.m. We pay for your ticket to see it at the Patton Creek Carmike with fellow Power Ranger enthusiasts. If you want snacks, that's on you. Seating is limited, so sign up online or by phone (444-7826) TODAY.