What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
I started reading the original Babysitters Club when I was in 4th grade. We had just moved back to the States and were still unpacking boxes in Kansas when I got sick and was stuck in bed. Mom went to the local public library to get me some books. One of the ones she chose was Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, #2 in Ann M. Martin's beloved series. And I was hooked. I'm so glad this generation of young readers has a Babysitters Club graphic novel series to love! And I'm happy to share that the newest release is out this week!
Boy-Crazy Stacey adapted by Gale Galligan (#7 - 09/03/19)
Stacey and Mary Anne are baby-sitting for the Pike family for two weeks at the New Jersey shore. Things are great in Sea City: There's a gorgeous house right on the beach, a boardwalk, plenty of sun and sand... and the cutest boy Stacey has ever seen!
Mary Anne thinks that Stacey should leave Scott alone and focus on the Pike kids, but Stacey's in love. Looking for reasons to hang around his lifeguard stand takes up all her time, which means Mary Anne has to do the job of two baby-sitters! How can she tell Stacey that Scott just isn't interested without ruining their friendship and breaking Stacey's heart?
Fall for Kid Lit Coffee Break
Kid Lit Coffee Break is for adults who love children's books . . . reading them and talking about them. Miss Katie Jane, reader extraordinaire (that's me!), will share some of her favorite recent reads. This usually leads to lots of discussions about the greater kid lit world and also the titles our attendees have been reading. There will be free coffee and desserts from the library's East 59 Cafe. And free books as door prizes! So join us Sunday, September 8, 2019 at 3 p.m. in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hallway in the Kid Zone. I promise you'll fall in love with Kid Lit Coffee Break.
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
National Book Award finalist Ibi Zoboi is making her middle grade fiction debut. And it has an Alabama connection!
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich (08/27/19)
Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony-Grace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek. But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, it’s decided she’ll spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem. Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony-Grace’s first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer's end, Ebony-Grace discovers that Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.
Rowell and Hicks Get Graphic
Rainbow Rowell (love her) has teamed up with Faith Erin Hicks (also love her) on a new graphic novel. And I'm so excited about it I'm going to do something I usually NEVER do. I'm going to rush the season. Who cares if it's clearly summer-hot out? Bring on the fall! Bring on the pumpkins!
Pumpkinheads (08/27/19) Deja and Josiah are seasonal best friends. Every autumn, all through high school, they’ve worked together at the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world. (Not many people know that the best pumpkin patch in the whole wide world is in Omaha, Nebraska, but it definitely is.) They say good-bye every Halloween, and they’re reunited every September 1. But this Halloween is different―Josiah and Deja are finally seniors, and this is their last season at the pumpkin patch. Their last shift together. Their last good-bye. Josiah’s ready to spend the whole night feeling melancholy about it. Deja isn’t ready to let him. She’s got a plan: What if―instead of moping and the usual slinging lima beans down at the Succotash Hut―they went out with a bang? They could see all the sights! Taste all the snacks! And Josiah could finally talk to that cute girl he’s been mooning over for three years . . . What if their last shift was an adventure?
Make sure you watch the book trailer!
I am NOT a reader of spooky books. But every once in a while, for the sake of reader's advisory, I pick one up. Usually, I put it right back down again. But last year I read Small Spaces by Katherine Arden. And I loved every creepy minute of it. The sequel comes out this week. Should I read it now, or save it to read near Halloween? Decisions, decisions.
Dead Voices (08/27/19)
Having survived sinister scarecrows and the malevolent smiling man, newly minted best friends Ollie, Coco, and Brian are ready to spend a relaxing winter break skiing together with their parents at Mount Hemlock Resort. But when a snowstorm sets in, causing the power to flicker out and the cold to creep closer and closer, the three are forced to settle for hot chocolate and board games by the fire. Ollie, Coco, and Brian are determined to make the best of being snowed in, but odd things keep happening. Coco is convinced she has seen a ghost, and Ollie is having nightmares about frostbitten girls pleading for help. Then Mr. Voland, a mysterious ghost hunter, arrives in the midst of the storm to investigate the hauntings at Hemlock Lodge. Ollie, Coco, and Brian want to trust him, but Ollie’s watch, which once saved them from the smiling man, has a new cautionary message: BEWARE. With Mr. Voland’s help, Ollie, Coco, and Brian reach out to the dead voices at Mount Hemlock. Maybe the ghosts need their help–or maybe not all ghosts can or should be trusted.
Full STEAM Ahead to Camp Out!
Miss Lindsay is hosting our first Full STEAM Ahead of the school year. She's bringing your favorite outdoor camping activities indoors at Camp Out! on Tuesday, September 10, 2019 at 4 p.m. And she's giving it a science spin. What does that mean? I'll give you a hint. One of the activities involves making s'mores . . . with a solar oven. I don't want to reveal more than that. Camping is always an adventure, right? This event is open to campers ages 6-12. Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning 08/27.
Storytime: Back and Better Than Ever!
We know you've been missing storytime. We have, too! Our award-winning schedule resumes after Labor Day! Find the one that's right for you!
Together with Twos on Mondays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Miss Lindsay leads this weekly storytime for two-year-olds and their caregivers. It includes a craft. Registration is required each week.
Story Lab on Mondays at 4 p.m.
Miss Katie Jane leads this weekly S.T.E.A.M.-based storytime for 3 to 8-year-olds. It features a single story and 8 hands-on learning stations.
Mother Goose on Tuesdays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Miss Emma leads this weekly storytime for one-year-olds and their caregivers. It includes a snack. Registration is required each week.
Early Birds on Tuesdays at 10 a.m.
Miss Polly leads this weekly storytime for children under one and their caregivers. It includes a free play time. Registration is required each week.
Story Sprouts on Wednesdays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Miss Anna Beth leads this large weekly storytime for children under four. It includes acion-packed stories and lots of dancing.
ExploraStory on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.
Miss Traci leads this weekly storytime for children age three and up. It features stories, music, and hands-on activities that promote school readiness.
NOW WEEKLY! Sensory Storytime on Thursdays at 1:30 p.m.
Miss Christine leads this weekly storytime designed for children (ages 2-6) with autism and other sensory challenges. Registration is required each week.
PJ Storytime on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.
Mr Justin leads this weekly storytime for all ages. Wear your pajamas for stories, songs, a short movie, and a bedtime snack.
NOW WEEKLY! Movers & Shakers on Fridays at 11 a.m.
Miss Alyssa leads this weekly music and movement storytime for 3 to 5-year-olds and their caregivers. Registration is required each week.
NEW! 1, 2, Me and You on select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
A rotation of storytellers lead a monthly weekend lapsit for toddlers (12-36 months) and their working parents. Registration is required each week.
Storytime Allstars on select Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.
A rotation of storytellers lead a monthly weekend storytime for all ages. It includes a short movie and a snack.
* You can register for storytimes online, by phone (444-7833), or at the desk. *
I started our Sensory Storytime last fall, so I've been on the look out for stories for kids with sensory challenges. And when I stumbled across these books, I absolutely FELL IN LOVE! Combining accessible storytelling and playful design, the Little Senses picture book series by Samantha Cotterill gently offers practical advice for coping with new experiences to sensitive children on and off the autism spectrum. I highly recommend them. If you are a child (or have a child) who is 2-6 years old, I also recommend signing up for Sensory Storytime this fall. Miss Christine is taking over, and she'll be able to offer it every week! The first one is Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 1:30 p.m. The theme is ABCs, and registration opens 09/05. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
This Beach Is Loud!
E COT NEW BOOK
Going to the beach is exciting. But it can also be busy. And loud. Sand can feel hot or itchy or sticky…and it gets everywhere! A sensitive boy gets overwhelmed by all the sights, sounds, and sensations at the beach. Luckily, this kiddo’s dad has a trick up his sleeve to help his son face these unexpected obstacles.
Nope. Never. Not for Me!
E COT NEW BOOK
Children are often picky eaters, but for kids on the autism spectrum or with sensory issues, trying new foods can be especially challenging. A young child refuses to try a bite of broccoli–that is, until her mom guides her through a careful exploration of the new food. First she looks, then she sniffs, then touches, and finally takes one tiny bite. What do you know? Broccoli isn’t so overwhelming after all!
My Pet . . . Truck?
Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney (June 25, 2019)
E PIN NEW BOOK
Vroom…beep…bark! Carter wants a puppy, but he gets a truck instead. So he pets it, puts a leash around it, and takes it to the park. But the truck won’t sit still! What will Carter do with his rascally Puppy Truck?
How to Walk a Dump Truck by Peter Pearson (June 25, 2019)
E PEA NEW BOOK
This vehicular spin on pet adoption features an unlikely pet: a dump truck. Kids will not only laugh, but learn. Just like a new pet, a new dump truck is a heap of responsibility, but it’s also loads of fun. Just remember: If you take care of it well, your dump truck will be your forever friend. Includes tips on: selecting the perfect leash at the hardware store; whether to feed your truck diesel or regular; cleaning up your truck’s messes at the dump; socializing with other trucks, and much more.
Family Folding Fun Night
Head to the Library Plaza for a Family Folding Fun Night on Tuesday, August 27, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. There will be four different ways to turn paper into family fun.
1. Paper Airplane Contest
2. Flick Football Arena
3. Themed Cootie Catchers - Harry Potter, Star Wars, Baby Shark
4. Origami Animals - frogs and fish
No registration required. And no need to bring your own paper. We'll provide all supplies. You provide your family.