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Kick Off Kindergarten

Who's ready for a party just for kids starting kindergarten?  I am!  Me too!  Don't forget me!  Sounds like everybody's ready for Kick Off Kindergarten on Thursday, July 27, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.  This event is just for kindergarteners and their caregivers.  We will be celebrating this major milestone with a series of fun activities inspired by the school day.

Art - Create an apple for teacher.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Science - Take part in our screaming balloon experiment.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.
Storytime - Make poetry come alive as you act out I'm Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor.

Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive and a stamp on the hand as they leave.  And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2030 photo booth.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.
 

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Two Burach Giraffes

I Am Not a Chair by Ross Burach (February 14, 2017)
E  BUR  NEW BOOK
Grab the best seat in the house with this funny, touching picture book about a giraffe who keeps being mistaken for a chair!  Could there be anything worse for Giraffe? Maybe being sat on by a skunk or smooshed by two hapless hippos, or worst of all—cornered by a hungry lion? No one seems to notice that Giraffe is not standing around just to be sat upon. Will he be able to find his voice and make his friends realize who he really is?
Watch the book trailer!

There's a Giraffe in My Soup by Ross Burach (February 23, 2016)
E  BUR
In this debut picture book, an assortment of hairy, scary animals pop out from under the lid at a restaurant!
Watch the book trailer!

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The Ends of the World

It's THE ENDS OF THE WORLD as we know it.

The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall
This is the thrilling conclusion to The Conspiracy of Us, the romantic adventure series that TeenVogue.com calls, a “Da Vinci Code-style thriller for teens.”  Power balances on a knife’s edge. Destiny is uncertain. And love is the most terrifying thing of all.  The Circle of Twelve is not who Avery though they were. Neither is Avery.  Her mother is dead. Betrayal and attraction and history have tangled the strings that bind her, Jack, and Stellan. And now, Avery and her friends must put aside their own problems and focus on putting a stop to the most dangerous conspiracy of all.  From London to Russia to Egypt, from the chill of underground crypts to the flash of paparazzi cameras, Avery West will finally have to confront whether her fate means salvation–or destruction.

Don't miss the first two explosive titles!
1. The Conspiracy of Us
2. Map of Fates

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Discover Fred Koehler

Discover Fred Koehler!  This up-and-coming illustrator is definitely worth knowing!  

Puppy, Puppy, Puppy by Julie Stenberg
E  STE  NEW BOOK
What happens a family with a young child is given a brand new puppy? Twice the chaos and twice the cuddles in the most adorable mayhem that’s ever been in print.

This Book Is Not About Dragons by Shelly Moore Thomas
E  THO
It isn’t, okay. So stop asking if there are any dragons in this book. Because there aren’t.

One Day, The End by Rebecca Kai Dotlich
E  DOT
Winner of a Boston Globe Horn Book Honor Award, One Day, The End tells a series of connected stories much in the way a kid would actually tell a story to a grown-up – just the facts with all the juicy parts left out. Fortunately for readers, the truth comes out in the illustrations. Kids will love to read aloud the simple text and get lost in the fun of the stories behind the stories.

How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
E  KOE
Little Jumbo just can’t understand why his dad is having such a bad day. It couldn’t be the raisins Little Jumbo spit out at the ceiling or the bath he refused to take–after all, Little Jumbo’s dad knew he hated raisins and had already taken a bath that week! Luckily, Little Jumbo is such a thoughtful elephant that he decides to turn his dad’s bad day around with some of his–ahem, his dad’s–favorite things.

Super Jumbo by Fred Koehler
E  KOE
It's another romp with Little Jumbo, the most adorable elephant ever!  When Little Jumbo encounters an entire neighborhood in need of heroic helping hand, what could possibly go wrong?

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Perfect Pair #36

This will be the final fiction-nonfiction pair for this blog series.  It's been a good three-year run, and we're going out with a mix of the new and the classic. 

  • John Ronald's Dragons: The Story of J. R. R. Tolkien by Caroline McAlister (2017)
    E  920  TOL
    John Ronald loved dragons. He liked to imagine dragons when he was alone, and with his friends, and especially when life got hard or sad. After his mother died and he had to live with a cold-hearted aunt, he looked for dragons. He searched for them at his boarding school. And when he fought in a Great War, he felt as if terrible, destructive dragons were everywhere. But he never actually found one, until one day, when he was a grown man but still very much a boy at heart, when he decided to create one of his own. This picture book biography introduces the beloved creator of Middle Earth and author of The Hobbit to a new generation of children who see magic in the world around them.
  • The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (1937)
    PB  TOL  CLASSICS
    Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

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Wild Ride Through Women's History

Motor Girls: How Women Took the Wheel and Boldly Drove Into the Twentieth Century by Sue Macy
J  629.28 MAC
Come along for a joy ride in this enthralling tribute to the daring women – Motor Girls, as they were called at the turn of the century – who got behind the wheel of the first cars and paved the way for change. The automobile has always symbolized freedom, and in this book we meet the first generation of female motorists who drove cars for fun, profit, and to make a statement about the evolving role of women. From the advent of the auto in the 1890s to the 1920s when the breaking down of barriers for women was in full swing, readers will be delighted to see historical photos, art, and artifacts and to discover the many ways these progressive females influenced fashion, the economy, politics, and the world around them.

If you're interested in using this book in the classroom, there's an excellent Educator Guide available through National Geographic.  You may also enjoy the interview with the author available on The Children's Book Review blog.

If you'd like to read Macy's other book devoted to women on the move, check out Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way).  You'll find it in the Kid Zone, J  796.6  MAC.

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Sing Loud, Jump High & Dream Big with Roger Day!

We're finishing our eight weeks of Summer Reading performers with Hoover favorite Roger Day!  His music is fun, and his energy level is high.  Get ready for Mosquito Burritos, Monkey Brains, and more!  Reminder, take special note of the seating guidelines.  This is one of our most popular shows, and they fill up quickly.

Roger Day
Tuesday, July 18, 2017
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests.  All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff.  All parties must be present to be seated.  Saving seats is not allowed.  Please arrive early to ensure your spot!

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Download Nonfiction ebooks with OverDrive

Time is sometimes limited when it comes to sitting down and enjoying a good book. This is why the Hoover Public Library offers free eBooks for both children and adults at jclc.overdrive.com. Accessible through your library card, eBooks range from books about geography to great mysteries and newest arrivals to the most popular.  This feature is downloadable through the app, OverDrive. It is perfect for reading or listening to your favorite books on your mobile devices and/or desktop. Ebooks can also virtually be placed on hold if it is not available for download. With such of a wide selection of genres there are books for everyone to enjoy!

 

-Dee

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American History Staff Picks

Celebrate American Independence with a good book! The Hoover Library’s Nonfiction department is the place to visit for books about the history of the United States. Read a book about the Declaration of Independence, the origins of our country’s flag, or about the Revolutionary War! Need some recommendations? Visit the Nonfiction Goodreads page, or check out the covers below. Happy Fourth!

        

-Caitlin

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It's time for Stump the Librarian!

So you think you’re smarter than a 5th grader… What about a librarian? It’s that time of the year again and all this month, you have the chance to show us what your minds are made of! Stop by the Nonfiction desk anytime during the month of July for the opportunity to draw a card, ask a question, and potentially “stump” the librarian. Should we fail to correctly answer the question, you have earned yourself entry into a drawing to win loads of great gift cards donated by the Friends of the Library! All ages are welcome to play once a day.

In preparation for this month, I have definitely been brushing up on my trivia skills! If you’d like to do the same, check out some our great selections below and you’re sure to be a superstar at your next trivia night!

Good luck!

        
 

-Kim

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