What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
A Practically Perfect Party
Meet Mary Poppins for a morning of whimsical fun at A Practically Perfect Party on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m. Create chalk art on our indoor side walk, and make a paper kite. Play Chimney Sweep Hockey: try to sweep great balls of ash back into the fire place, if you can get it past the Chimney Sweep. Put your moves to the test against our bow-tied penguin friend in a Penguin Dance Off. Then it's Clean Up Time! Toss toys into Mary Poppins Magic bag as quickly as you can. Poppins-inspired party snacks will also be served. You do not have to register to be part of this Jolly Holiday. Simply follow the stars to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fun!
Crash, Splash or Moo?
Oh, Bob Shea, how we love you here at Hoover Public Library!
Crash, Splash or Moo! by Bob Shea (September 18, 2018)
E SHE NEW BOOK
"The spirit of Evel Knievel is alive and well in this retro game show, restructured for the storytime set. A blue monkey, bedecked in a purple suit clearly filched from Willy Wonka’s tailor, invites readers to play a guessing game. Will the daredevils featured in this book crash, splash, or moo in a given situation? The brave souls in question consist of Action Clam (“America’s favorite splashin’, crashin’ stunt clam!”) and an ordinary cow. As for the stunts, they include being shot from a cannon into a glass of water, leaping over 10 school buses on a motorcycle, and one that involves piñatas, a rocket pack, and an enormous tub of butterscotch pudding. It’s clearly written with storytimes in mind, and child readers are encouraged to raise their hands as they vote on what they believe the contestants will do in any given situation. Kids will eat up the humor even as they bask in the knowledge that they’re smarter than their host, Mr. McMonkey. Shea rocks a euphoric chaos, deploying both copious negative space and a pop-art sensibility. And thanks to the visible palette of yellow, red, and blue, this is one read-aloud that will be easy to see across a crowded room. All the interaction of an Hervé Tullet book, with a flying clam, a hyperactive monkey, and a cow all thrown in for good measure." [from Kirkus Reviews]
Snowy Science in the Homeschool Hub
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Okay, I know that isn't a strong likelihood in Alabama. At least, not literal falling-from-the-sky-snow. But, if you sign up for our first Homeschool Hub of 2019, you will definitely see some flurries inside Hoover Public Library. Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) to be part of Snowy Science on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2 p.m. The much-loved Science Lady Jan Mattingly will be here to help you make snowflakes, eat frozen goldfish, and experience other amazing snow experiments.
Storytimes in the New Year
Make sure your 2019 starts with storytime! Our regular offerings will return the week of January 7th! See our official Jan-Apr 2019 calendar for full descriptions of our storytimes. It's on page 6.
MONDAY, JANUARY 7
Together with Twos: Tweet Tweet at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration opens 01/01)
Story Lab: Mitten Weather at 4 p.m.
TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
Mother Goose: Winter Animals at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration opens 01/02)
Early Birds: Toes, Ears and Nose at 10 a.m. (registration opens 01/02)
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
Story Sprouts: Dance Party at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
ExploraStory: Penguins on Parade at 10:30 a.m.
Sensory Storytime: Hats! at 1:30 p.m.
PJ Storytime: Get Well Soon at 6:30 p.m.
Fiona the Hippo
Oh, you think it's a bit weird to have a blog about hippos around Christmas? Need I remind you of the classic holiday hit I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas? Mr. Justin did an EPIC interpretive dance to it at our Holiday Sing-Along Storytime this year. Read the books, then watch the video.
Fiona the Hippo by Richard Cowdrey
On January 24, 2017, Fiona the hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, six weeks before her due date. She weighed only 29 pounds, which is very small for a Nile hippo. She was too weak to stand and nurse from her mother, so Fiona received around-the-clock attention from the zoo's animal care staff, dubbed "Team Fiona", and even from nurses at Cincinnati Children's Hospital. The whole world watched as Fiona learned to eat, walk, and swim. Her challenges were big, but the baby hippo's spunk and incredible will helped her prevail time and again. Since her birth, millions of people from around the world have been pulling for Fiona to keep fighting. As she grew stronger so did her social media following. Fiona became an internet sensation and now even has her own show on Facebook. Fiona fans have traveled from as far away as Australia, Germany, Brazil, and Japan just to get a glimpse of the fearless and feisty hippopotamus. Now the star of her own picture book, Fiona takes center stage once again in a whimsical story inspired by her incredible journey. A heroine for children (and adults!) everywhere, fabulous Fiona will steal readers' hearts and give them the courage to face whatever challenges they might have in their own lives.
Fiona's Feelings by Dr. John Hutton
When the Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo, Fiona, was born six weeks early, she was too small and weak to stand and nurse from her mother. With help from #TeamFiona, this once-tiny hippo is growing stronger every day. As Fiona explores the world around her, she is at times happy, mad, curious, and playful, as all children can be. Young readers will love exploring Fiona's feelings--and their own--while building important language and social-emotional skills.
Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo by Thane Maynard
On a cold January day in 2017, nearly two months before due date, Nile hippopotamus Bibi gave her keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a big surprise: a tiny newborn hippo, no bigger than a football. The first premature hippo born and raised in captivity, baby Fiona was an underdog from the start: she couldn't nurse, she couldn't stay hydrated, and she wasn't thriving. But the staff at the zoo knew they could save her. They had to study the makeup of hippo milk for the first time ever and reach out to medical colleagues, including a team at the local children's hospital with superior vein-finding skills, to ensure that Fiona would begin to gain weight and become healthy. She soon became an internet sensation, her pictures and videos garnering thousands and thousands of likes and fans on Instagram and Facebook. Now a Fiona appearance at the Zoo mimics a Beatles concert. But what made this little hippo such a big hit all over the world? And what's in store for her and her family?
ACT Prep for Struggling Learners
The Teen Spot is hosting four ACT test prep sessions this coming semester. ACT Prep for Struggling Learners is designed for students (grades 9 +) that struggle with testing. It is a tutoring session, not a practice test taking session, led by women who work with students with dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, and learning disabilities. Teens will learn strategies and tips to improve their score and relieve their test taking anxiety. Space is limited to 10 teens per session. You must call 444-7826 to reserve your spot. Here are the upcoming dates and times.
ACT Prep for Struggling Learners
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 12/28/18)
Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 01/25/19)
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 02/22/19)
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 03/29/19)
Mary Poppins Returns
Mary Poppins was one of my favorite childhood movies. I loved the songs, especially the ones that involved dancing with animated penguins or leaping about on rooftops with chimney sweeps. I didn't think anyone could ever fill the shoes of Julie Andrews, but I think that Emily Blunt actually did it! Mary Poppins Returns blows into theaters this weekend, and it looks supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! It takes place years after the original story. Now an adult with three children, bank teller Michael Banks learns that his house will be repossessed in five days unless he can pay back a loan. His only hope is to find a missing certificate that shows proof of valuable shares that his father left him years earlier. Just as all seems lost, Michael and his sister receive the surprise of a lifetime when Mary Poppins -- the beloved nanny from their childhood -- arrives to save the day and take the Banks family on a magical, fun-filled adventure. The star-studded cast also includes Lin-Manuel Miranda, Angela Lansbury, Meryl Streep, Colin Firth, Julie Walters, and Dick Van Dyke. Make this movie magic part of your holiday weekend.
Don't forget the books that inspired both movies! Find all of the titles in the Mary Poppins series under J TRA in the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.
The Glory of the Short Story
I will admit it. I used to DESPISE short story collections. Mostly because each story was over too quickly. But I have come to appreciate short stories. If I only have the tiniest amount of time to read, I can make it through a short story. And it's a great way to be introduced to an unfamiliar author. I've read several short story collections this year that inspired me to seek out longer works by the authors featured. Want some recommendations? Here are some recent releases that will win you over to the glory of the short story.
All Out: The No-Longer-Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
From a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood set in war-torn 1870s Mexico featuring a transgender soldier, to an asexual girl discovering her identity amid the 1970s roller-disco scene, this collection of short stories crosses cultures and time periods to shed light on a world where queer figures live, love and shape the world round them.
Fresh Ink edited by Lamar Giles
An anthology featuring award-winning diverse authors about diverse characters. Short stories, a graphic novel, and a one-act play explore such topics as gentrification, acceptance, untimely death, coming out, and poverty, and range in genre from contemporary realistic fiction to adventure and romance.
Meet Cute by Jennifer L. Armentrout, et al
A collection of short stories exploring the moment when a couple meets for the first time--from an African American girl in upstate New York who simultaneously finds a prom dress and a date to a transgender girl who confronts the student blocking her right to use the school restroom.
The Radical Element: 12 Stories of Daredevils, Debutantes, and Other Dauntless Girls edited by Jessica Spotswood
An anthology of historical short stories features a diverse array of girls standing up for themselves and their beliefs, forging their own paths while resisting society's expectations.
Scream and Scream Again!: Spooky Stories from Mystery Writers of America edited by R.L. Stine
Includes works from New York Times bestselling authors telling tales of wicked ice-cream trucks, time-travelling heroes, witches and warlocks, and of course, haunted houses.
A Thousand Beginnings and Endings : 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends edited by Ellen Oh & Elsie Chapman
Fifteen authors of Asian descent reimagine the folklore and mythology of East and South Asia, in short stories ranging from fantasy to science fiction to contemporary, from romance to tales of revenge.
Unbroken : 13 Stories Starring Disabled Teens edited by Marieke Nijkamp
An anthology of stories in various genres, each featuring disabled characters and written by disabled creators. The collection includes stories of interstellar war, a journey to Persia, a dating debacle. The teenaged characters reflect diverse colors, genders, and orientations-- without obscuring the realities of their disabilities.
An Incredible Chance to See the Sequel
Don't miss your incredible chance to see Incredibles 2 on the big screen in the Library Theatre! Admission is FREE, refreshments are FREE, having a super time is FREE! Come dressed as your favorite superhero or as your mild-mannered alter ego. Use your superpowered organizational skills to save this date: Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.
Want to see the first movie again? Check out the DVD or Blu-Ray from the Kid Zone. Look under INC.
Robotics 101 with The Science Lady
Our first Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead of 2019 will feature the always-amazing, forever-adored Science Lady, Jan Mattingly! Participants in Robotics 101 on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. will be learning about electricity and circuits. This will include some shockingly fun demonstrations and hair-raising experiments. After the lesson, you will put your knowledge to good use and build a simple wobble bot of your very own. The session with Jan is open to children ages 7-12. Registration is required, so make sure you sign up online or by phone (444-7830) beginning December 26, 2018.