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The Day the Universe Exploded My Head

Summer is coming to a close, and the start of the new school year is looming.  It doesn't seem possible!  Don't let the (bad?) news blow your mind.  Let this new space poetry book do that instead!

The Day the Universe Exploded My Head: Poems to Take You Into Space and Back Again by Allan Wolf, illustrated by Anna Raff
J  811  WOL
Opening with a “Solar Sunnet” and a spectacularly silly “Moon Buffet”, this versified tour of the solar system and beyond offers both astronomical and metrical delights. With poetry that is equal parts accurate and entertaining — and illustrations that are positively out of this world — this book will enthrall amateur stargazers and budding astrophysicists as it reveals many of the wonders our universe holds.

Make sure you watch the official book trailer!
 

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European Tour

When I walked into the picture book room last week, I noticed a delightful new story on display.  It features my favorite webslinging superhero, and it's all about his tour across the continent of Europe.  Usually, I'm not a huge fan of movie tie-in books, but this one is a winner.  After you read it (and love it), you'll probably want to read a similar story.  I suggest the Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat series by Russell Punter.  Each book focuses on a cat's adventure in a major European city.

Spider-Man: Swings Through Europe by Calliope Glass
E  SUP  NEW BOOK
Full of vibrant and hilarious original art, this picture book shows off the various European locations seen in Spider-Man: Far From Home, and is told from Peter Parker's unique point of view.   Whether he's riding in a gondola through the Venice canals or breaking out all his best moves to get a reaction from the Queen's Guard in London, Spider-Man is determined to have the best vacation ever.

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?  I've Been to London to Visit the Queen
E  PUN  NEW BOOK
Join Kitty Kat on his journey across London. See the Crown Jewels, ride on the London Eye, and even visit Buckingham Palace.

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?  I've Been to Paris and Guess What I've Seen . . .
E  PUN  NEW BOOK
Kitty Kat is off on an exciting tour of Paris. Join him as he cruises down the Seine, climbs the Eiffel Tower, and discovers famous paintings in the Lourve Museum.

Kitty Kat, Kitty Kat, Where Have You Been?  I've Been to Rome and Guess What I've Seen . . .
E  PUN  NEW BOOK
Kitty Kat explores the sights and sounds of the Italian capital. From the Colosseum to the Sistine Chapel, all the major tourist attractions are covered. As well as introducing young children to how things look today, Kitty Kat’s imagination shows them what life was like in Ancient Rome.

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Have You Met Mia Mayhem?

Meet Mia Macarooney, an ordinary eight-year-old who finds out she has an extraordinary super-secret in the First Chapter book series Mia Mayhem by Kara West!  Mia's life literally goes from totally ordinary to totally super when she’s invited to attend the afterschool Program for In-Training Superheroes, a.k.a. THE PITS! And the crazy thing is, in a weird meant-to-be sort of way, all of this news somehow feels super right. Because all her life, Mia thought she was just super klutz...but it turns out, she’s just SUPER! So now, it’s up to Mia to balance her regular everyday life and maintain her secret identity as she learns how to be the world’s newest superhero!

1. Mia Mayhem Is a Superhero!
2. Mia Mayhem Learns to Fly!
3. Mia Mayhem Vs. the Super Bully
4. Mia Mayhem Breaks Down Walls (07/16/19)

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Dogs in Space

Meet a pair of animal astronauts.  Wait . . . they're Russian.  Make that cosmonauts.

Dogs in Space by Vix Southgate
E  SOU  NEW BOOK
"Readers learn the amazing story of how two street dogs—brown-spotted Strelka and fluffy white Belka—become unlikely space pioneers. The two pooches, plucked from the alleys of Moscow, survive training and a nail-biter of a launch to orbit the Earth before arriving back on the ground as tail-wagging global celebrities. Deppe’s charmingly gonzo illustrations of smiling, bug-eyed dogs cleverly incorporate references to ’80s-era sci-fi graphics and Russian Constructivist design, while Southgate’s larky imagined telling of a key scientific milestone balances an engaging plot, useful details, and an inspiring message: 'If two little dogs from the streets of Moscow can make history, then perhaps you can too!' Back matter includes timelines of animal launches and the Space Race." [from Publishers Weekly review]

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What Is NASA?

Listen, I'm not trying to question your intelligence.  I know that you know what NASA is.  After all, we're coming to the end of a space-themed Summer Reading program that included a major space exploration anniversary.  Everyone is well-aware that NASA stands for National Aeronautical and Space Administration, and it is an independent agency of the United States Federal Government responsible for the civilian space program, as well as aeronautics and aerospace research.  This blog is simply drawing attention to the fact that there is a new title in what we librarians affectionately call "the big-headed biography family."

What Is NASA? by Sarah Fabiny
J  629.4  FAB

Which of these facts are true?
It was created in 1958 in the early days ofthe “space race” against the Soviet Union.
In 1969, the United States won the spacerace by landing astronauts on the moon.
In 1977, it sent up two golden records thatare still flying through space today.
All of the above!

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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 Tuesday, July 30, 2019 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.
Library - Listen to Miss Katie Jane read a funny story called The Pigeon HAS to Go to School by Mo Willems.
Math - Where will your name fall on our community graph?
Music - Dance and play along with some toe-tapping tunes!
Recess - Take a break from learning and get moving!
Science - Work with fellow kindergarteners to create a giant marble run.
Snack - Enjoy a cool popsicle treat.

Every child will also receive an official Going to Kindergarten button badge when they arrive.  And make sure you experience Picture Day in our Class of 2032 photo booth.  You do not have to register for this event.  Just follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.
 

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Lion King

Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba
Sithi uhm ingonyama

The opening song to The Lion King has been belted (often badly) by almost every person who has ever seen and loved the animated classic movie (or the Broadway musical).  The iconic song also opens the live-action The Lion King, which debuted in theaters this past weekend (and dominated the box office).  The translation of the Zulu is "The lion is coming, Father."  But the Zulu for lion can also be translated as king.  Whoa.  James Earl Jones reprises his role as Mufasa in a star-studded voice cast that includes Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, John Kani, Beyonce, John Oliver, Seth Rogen, and Billy Eichner.  The CGI is astonishingly photorealistic.  "Each hair and whisker on a mandrill’s face is defined. Every creature moves with seeming weight and realism, every landscape looks straight off a postcard. The African night sky is rendered so realistically that even Neil deGrasse Tyson won’t take to Twitter to nitpick." [from Reed Tucker's New York Post review]  I didn't see it yet, but don't worry.  I will take my place in the Circle of Life and see it soon on the big screen.

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Teen Titans GO! at KidCon

This is Hoover Public Library's fifth anniversary of our Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fest!  We hope you'll take part in Sci-Five in as many ways as possible, July 26-28, 2019.  But DEFINITELY mark your calendar for the KidCon portion.  Teen Titans GO! is taking over the Kid Zone on Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Join Robin, Starfire, Raven, Beast Boy and Cyborg for a dance party, a trip through Jump City, Pin the Tail on Beast Boy, & more comedic superhero fun!  After the event, swing by the movie collection to pick up some episodes or the full-length feature starring our favorite team of 5.  They're shelved under J  TEE  DVD.

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Mr. Molecule's Bing Bang Boom Science Show

We're ending our Summer Reading season with a Hoover debut performer.  When Mr. Molecule unleashes the power and excitement of science -- BING! BANG! BOOM! -- he creates an explosion of fun and learning that kids can't resist.  This fast-paced, interactive show is filled with wild and wacky experiments for grades K-8, including a 12-foot tall Foam Monster and the Bernoulli TP Challenge.  Yep, we're definitely ending summer with a BANG!

Mr. Molecule's Bing Bang Boom Science Show
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 25, 2019
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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2019 Ezra Jack Keats Award

While writing yesterday's blog, I realized that there is another award I failed to blog about earlier this year.  An EPIC fail on my part!  The Ezra Jack Keats Award is presented each year to an outstanding writer and illustrator who have created an extraordinary children’s book that reflects the diverse nature of our culture.  It is named in honor of the author/illustrator who gave us 1963 Caldecott Medal-winning The Snowy DayI absolutely adore the two 2019 winners!  Read them, then read their reactions to winning the EJK.

Kitten and the Night Watchman by John Sullivan, illustrated by Taeuun Yoo
E  SUL
The story gently weaves the work a night watchman does with the poetry of a sleeping construction site, the warmth of a new kitten and the pleasure of going home at sunrise to a loving family.  Inspired by the true story of the author meeting a stray cat while working as a night watchman. The cat, Beebe, was John’s companion for seventeen years.

Thank You, Omu written and illustrated by Oge Mora
E  MOR
In the busy city who would think that Omu’s fragrant and tasty stew could bring people together as if they lived in a small town? This is a playful kind of stone soup tale, but told in reverse! The bright illustrations, reminiscent of Keatsian collage, show us that kind human connections form intimate support groups amidst any kind of bustle.

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