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Dead Voices

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.

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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.

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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. *

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Little Senses

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!
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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!
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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!

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My Pet . . . Truck?

Puppy Truck by Brian Pinkney (June 25, 2019)
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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)
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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.

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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.

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The Revolution of Birdie Randolph

Brandy Colbert, the award-winning author of Little & Lion and Finding Yvonne, has a new novel out this week!

The Revolution of Birdie Randolph (08/20/19)
Dove “Birdie” Randolph is a 16-year-old black girl working to figure out family, love, and what she really wants in life.  The Chicago high school sophomore lives with her mother and father in their apartment above her mother’s hair salon; her sister, Mimi, is away at college. Dove’s parents have her on a strict academic schedule, and Dove faces a summer constrained by rules with little room for socializing except with her best friend, Lazarus “Laz” Ramos. Recently Dove began sneaking out to see Booker Stratton, a boy she’s grown to really like but who has a past her parents would not approve of. Into this setting comes her Aunt Carlene, her mom’s sister, who has been rarely seen and even less frequently spoken about. Carlene, an addict who has spent much of her life in and out of rehab, moves in with Dove and her parents, bringing tension into the family, although Dove soon develops a warm connection with her. The exposure of a family secret threatens to derail the tenuous balance. Colbert (Finding Yvonne, 2018, etc.) pens an emotionally gripping tale about family and young love and how they can be your entire world while still being worlds apart. The treatment of topics such as the impact of addiction, racial profiling and discrimination, and sexuality (Mimi and Laz are queer) is skillful and will resonate.

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Our National Parks

The National Park Service was created by an act signed by President Woodrow Wilson on August 25, 1916. Yellowstone National Park was established by an act signed by President Ulysses S. Grant on March 1, 1872, as the nation's first national park.   Today, the system includes 419 areas covering more than 85 million acres in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. These areas include national parks, monuments, battlefields, military parks, historical parks, historic sites, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers and trails, and the White House.

You Are Home: An Ode to the National Parks by Evan Turk (06/04/19)
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Readers who pick up this 12-inch-square book will be immersed in nature and art even before they open it, as they share an adult and child’s view of mountains, flowers, stream, and sky. Much like the parks they celebrate, each majestic spread in this book holds wonders for the eye to explore, with one or occasionally two parks represented per spread. Well-known and lesser-known parks alike are featured, whetting readers’ appetites to learn more and explore. From close-up views of animals—pronghorn amid prairie grasses, bison in a snowy oasis, a bobcat in the dark—to children and their families—city children and farm children, immigrants and Indigenous, all joyously diverse—the text repeats the soothing refrain to all: “you are home.” The art is created using pastel on black paper, which produces a deep feeling of purpose behind each stroke and swath of color. The art could stand alone, but the words manage to add even more weight, pinpointing the feeling familiar to many nature lovers: “a sense of belonging, / sung by the streams, / from valleys to peaks, / over thousands of miles, / through millions of hearts.” Perusing this book induces a longing to go outside and travel but also to create art of one’s own.

America's National Parks by Alexa Ward (03/01/19)
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From Acadia's seaside cliffs and coves to Zion's enchanting red valleys, take a journey through the United States' most spectacular and exciting landscapes with Lonely Planet Kids.  America's national parks are bursting with gasp-worthy wonders: the world's largest tree with branches stretching 400 feet into the sky; the planet's grandest canyon 6,000 feet deep; a crystal-clear lake deeper than the Empire State Building.  Meet the animals roaming each park, including gators, bison, gray wolves, spotted salamanders, great horned owls, bald eagles and grizzly bears, and find out the best activities, like snorkeling, white-water rafting, hiking, winter sports, exploring ghost towns and geyser watching.

National Parks of the U.S.A. by Kate Siber (06/21/18)
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Explore Florida's river-laced Everglades, travel down the white water rapids of the Grand Canyon, trek across the deserts of Death Valley, and scale the soaring summits of the Rocky Mountains with this book that brings you up close to nature's greatest adventures.  Divided by region (East, Central, Rocky Mountains, West, Tropics, and Alaska), a pictographic map at the start of each section shows the locations of the parks to be covered. Each park is introduced by a stunning, poster-worthy illustration of one of its scenes and a summary of its makeup, followed by individual illustrations of the animals and plants that make their homes there.  A 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Book for Students: K–12 (National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council).

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Are You Ready for Some Football?

Attention college football fans!  On the official first day of the season, neither Alabama or Auburn have a game.  Yes, I know YOU already know that.  But I didn't.  So I included that information for other clueless people like me who might be reading this blog.  Because everyone is going to want to know about what Hoover Public Library is planning on that day.  Catch a couple of classic sports movies, eat hot dogs, and make a fun football craft at Kickoff Classics on Saturday, August 24, 2019.  We'll be showing Air Bud: Golden Receiver (G) at 10:30 a.m. and Little Giants (PG) at 2 p.m. in the Library Theatre.  In between, we'll be serving hot dogs and making team spirit football pennants in the meeting rooms across the hall.  We will have team colors for all the SEC schools as well as Spain Park and Hoover High School.  You don't need a ticket to be part of this sporting event.  Simply use the stairs or elevator in the lobby to go down to the first floor.  The Library Theatre will be down the hall on the right.

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The Birds Are Still Angry

The flightless birds and the scheming green piggies take their beef to the next level in The Angry Birds Movie 2! When a new threat emerges that puts both Bird and Pig Island in danger, Red (Jason Sudeikis), Chuck (Josh Gad), Bomb (Danny McBride), and Mighty Eagle (Peter Dinklage) recruit Chuck’s sister Silver (Rachel Bloom) and team up with pigs Leonard (Bill Hader), his assistant Courtney (Awkwafina), and techpig Garry (Sterling K. Brown) to forge an unsteady truce and form an unlikely superteam to save their homes. 

The new movie hits the big screen this weekend.  Want to refresh your memory about the first Angry Birds movie?  Check it out from the Kid Zone.  Look for J ANG DVD and J ANG BLURAY.

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