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100 Years of Children's Book Week

2019 marks the 100th anniversary of Children's Book Week, the nation's longest running national literacy program!  This milestone celebration's theme is Read Now, Read Forever.  So, look to the past, present, and most important, the future of children's books this April 29-May 5

Get the inside scoop on some of the best new books when you watch Creator Corner on KidLit TV.
Get book recs from this year's CBW Spokesperson, Ayesha Curry.
Print out an official bookmark and activity sheet from today's top illustrators.
Print out the poster designed by multi award-winning artist Yuyi Morales.
Read one of these new books celebrating books!  You can find them at Hoover Public Library!

The Book Hog by Greg Pizzoli
Just Read! by Lori Degman
The Lost Book by Margarita Surnaite
The Night Library by David Zeltser
Shhh! I'm Reading! by John Kelly

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Perfect

Max Amato's debut picture book is a delight!  In Perfect, a finicky, fussy, perfectionist eraser tries to keep the pages clean by erasing the scribbles of a mischievous pencil, and in doing so learns that imperfection can lead to our most spontaneous, beautiful, and creative moments.  I know a lot of kids who could use this book's message.  Actually, I know a lot of adults, too!  Share this title with any perfectionist in your life!  Perfect can be found shelved under E  AMA  NEW BOOK.  You can also access the ebook via Overdrive.

BONUS!
Watch the book trailer!  The background music is so catchy!
Get more sneak peeks of the book on the author/illustrator's official website.

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Rotten!

Kids like the most disgusting things. I know. I had 42 of them at my Grossology Story Lab back in October. Their enthusiasm for diaper dissections and digestion-in-a-bag was epic. Want to feed their need for the nasty while also educating them about an important part of nature? Of course you do. 

Rotten!: Vultures, Beetles, Slime, and Nature's Other Decomposers by Anita Sanchez, illustrated by Gilbert Ford (January 22, 2019)
J  581.714  SAN
What’s that terrible smell?  Plug your nose! Run!  Something smells…rotten!  But rotten isn’t always bad. If nothing ever rotted, nothing could live. Decomposition seems like the last stop on the food chain, but it’s just the beginning. When dead things rot, they give life to a host of other creatures.  So who are these decomposers? Sharks and vultures feast on animal carcasses. Worms, maggots and dung beetles devour decaying plant and animal matter. Decomposition is happening everywhere: oceans, forests, in your backyard—even between your teeth! It’s nature’s way of creating energy for all living things.  So unplug your nose! Open this book to uncover the dirty rotten truth about one of nature’s most fascinating processes.

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An Evening with Margaret Peterson Haddix

One week.  Just one week until the big event.  The big deal author.  I'm so excited I can't even write in complete sentences!  Margaret Peterson Haddix will be on the Plaza at Hoover Public Library next Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.   An Evening with Margaret Peterson Haddix will include the chance to hear the New York Times-bestselling author of over 40 books for kids and teens talk about . . . well, I'm hoping she talks about EVERYTHING!  Her books have been honored with the International Reading Association’s Children’s Book Award; American Library Association Best Book and Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers notations; and numerous state reader’s choice awards. They have also been translated into more than twenty different languages.  You'll have the opportunity to buy one of her books at the event and get it signed.  There will also be a delicious reception after her presentation.

Her books are available at Hoover Public Library and throughout Jefferson County, so you can read up before the event.  Our teen librarian Wendy has also curated a list of her books available on ebook and downloadable audio via Overdrive.  The list will show up once you log into your Overdrive account.   I hope everyone will take advantage of this opportunity to see an amazing author, up close and personal.

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The Earth Gives More

Today, April 22, 2019 is Earth Day!  Read this love letter to our home planet!  It's perfect for Earth Day because it shows us all the wondrous things the Earth does for us and how we can give back!

The Earth Gives More by Sue Fliess, illustrated by Christiane Engel
E  FLI  NEW BOOK
From leaves falling and becoming fertilizer to raindrops bringing plants to life in the spring, the cycle of every season has something to enjoy. While delighting in all nature offers, we need to remember to respect and treasure the world around us. This sweet rhyming story follows the change in seasons and illustrates how we can all be stewards of the Earth.

Watch the book trailer! Read an interview with the author and the illustrator!

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Last Week of Storytime

Our final week of the regular storytime season is here.  Hope to see you at one of these!  And go ahead and get excited about our stellar summer storytime series -- Story Constellation.  More info coming soon!

Together with Twos = Happy Birthday! = Monday, April 22, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Story Lab = Moon Landing = Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.
Mother Goose = Fish Tales = Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration required)
Early Birds = Beach Party = Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 10 a.m. (registration required)
Story Sprouts = Ms. AB's Favorites = Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
ExploraStory = Let's Get Messy= Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.
PJ Storytime = A Universe of Stories = Thursday, April 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.
Movers & Shakers = My Energry = Friday, April 26, 2018 at 11 a.m. (registration required)

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April Weekends

April is zooming along at a mind-blowing pace.  Mark your calendars so you don't miss these opportunities for fun and service.

Storytime Allstars: Eggcellent Adventures
Saturday, April 20, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.

Join Miss Traci for silly songs and stories about eggs.  There will also be a short movie with a snack.  No need to register.  Simply follow the stars to the Youth Program Room.

International Tabletop Day
Saturday, April 27, 2019     10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

We'll have games set up throughout the library.  Play the day away with your family and friends.  You'll also get a chance to meet new game enthusiasts.  This celebration is for all ages: kids, teens and adults.

Service Saturday
Saturday, April 27, 2019     11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Teens in grades 8-12 can earn community service hours by helping the Kid Zone get ready for summer reading.

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The Roots of Rap

April is National Poetry Month, and this is my third poetic post of the month.  It features one of my absolute favorite books that has come out in 2019.  Did you catch that?  Not just a favorite poetry book, but a favorite book PERIOD.  Watch the book trailer to get in the groove, then discover the power of spoken word.

"A generation voicing 
stories, hopes, and fears
founds a hip-hop nation.
Say holler if you hear."

The Roots of Rap by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Frank Morrison (January 8, 2019)
J  782.4216  WEA
The roots of rap and the history of hip-hop have origins that precede DJ Kool Herc and Grandmaster Flash. Kids will learn about how it evolved from folktales, spirituals, and poetry, to the showmanship of James Brown, to the culture of graffiti art and break dancing that formed around the art form and gave birth to the musical artists we know today. Written in lyrical rhythm by award-winning author and poet Carole Boston Weatherford and complete with flowing, vibrant illustrations by Frank Morrison, this book beautifully illustrates how hip-hop is a language spoken the whole world 'round.

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Teen Book Club Goes Technological

Our final Teen Book Club of the school year will meet on Monday, April 29, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Anna Beth will be leading a discussion of James Dashner's The Eye of Minds.  Pick up a physical copy of the book from Hoover Public Library.  We also have the book-on-CD and the ebook.

"The Eye of Minds is the first novel in the Mortality Doctrine series set in a world of hyperadvanced technology, cyberterrorists, and gaming beyond your wildest dreams . . . and your worst nightmares.

Michael is a gamer. And like most gamers, he almost spends more time on the VirtNet than in the actual world. The VirtNet offers total mind and body immersion, and the more hacking skills you have, the more fun. Why bother following the rules when most of them are dumb, anyway?  But some rules were made for a reason. Some technology is too dangerous to fool with. And one gamer has been doing exactly that, with murderous results.

The government knows that to catch a hacker, you need a hacker. And they’ve been watching Michael. If he accepts their challenge, Michael will need to go off the VirtNet grid to the back alleys and corners of the system human eyes have never seen—and there’s the possibility that the line between game and reality will be blurred forever."

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Running on Sunshine

Earth Day is April 22, 2019.  That is just two weeks away!  Time to brush up your knowledge on what YOU can do to help our planet.  This book shines a light on solar energy.

Running on Sunshine: How Does Solar Energy Work? by Carolyn Cinami DeCristofano
E  621.47  DEC
DeCristofano’s engaging, conversational text compares how solar panels work to plant photosynthesis, though it never uses that scientific term. Nor does it name climate change, though it identifies pollution caused by generators at energy plants as a main culprit behind negative “changes to weather patterns” and suggests solar energy as a clean alternative. The text excels at clearly describing how solar energy is gathered, stored, and used, and it also highlights current innovations and anticipates new developments to make solar energy use more widespread and effective. The hopeful, aspirational tone is downright sunny and is well-matched with Medeiros’ clear, graphic illustrations, which she created digitally. While neither pictures nor expository text follow specific characters, the artwork depicts diverse people of varied skin tones, genders, and abilities interacting with solar-powered devices and working with solar technology, including two spreads with women of color wearing the hijab in different settings. The text also examines current difficulties and limitations of solar technology. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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