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Mardi Gras Cake Pops

You don't have to head to New Orleans or Mobile to celebrate Mardi Gras this year.  You can come to the Hoover Public Library for Mardi Gras Cake Pops on Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  The name says it all.  We'll be making and eating Mardi Gras-inspired cake pops.  You do need to let us know you're coming.  Teens can sign up online or by phone (444-7826).  Then lead your own mini-parade down the starred hallway to the Youth Program Room.

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Lion Down in FunJungle

Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth in Lion Down by Stuart Gibbs.  This is the fifth mystery adventure in the FunJungle series.

"As the park plans for its enormous one year anniversary celebration, operations there seem to be running smoothly for once (except for the occasional herring-related mishap in the penguin exhibit) and Teddy is finally able to give detective work a rest.  But then a local mountain lion is accused of killing a famous dog — and the dog’s owner, an inflammatory radio host — goes on a crusade to have the cat declared a nuisance so it can be hunted.  However, there’s evidence that the lion might have been framed for murder, and now a renegade animal activist wants Teddy and Summer to help prove it — and catch the real killer.  And if that wasn’t enough, someone has poisoned FunJungle’s beloved giraffes and J.J. McCracken wants Teddy on the case.  Now, Teddy finds himself mixed up in the middle of his most bizarre, hilarious and dangerous adventure yet."

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Writing and Illustrating in the Homeschool Hub

Our next Homeschool Hub will be a Writing Workshop on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 at 2 p.m.  I'm super excited about it because I'll be leading the workshop!  We'll be working together to both write and illustrate a funny book about animals.  We'll be inspired by one of my favorite books from childhood -- Animals Should Definitely NOT Wear Clothing by Judi Barrett.  We can take up to 50 students (K-6th grade), but it will fill up quickly.  So register online or by phone (444-7830) today!

After the workshop, make sure you swing by the early 800s in the Kid Zone nonfiction collection to find more writing tips.

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Drop That Egg!

Sign up today for our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead opportunity!  Students ages 7-12 can sign up online or by phone (444-7830) to join Miss Lindsay for an Egg Drop on Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 4 p.m.  Participants will be engineering devices made from recyclable materials to protect their eggs. We'll then drop everyone's eggs off varying surfaces to see how well they protect the egg from cracking.

If you want to learn more about the eggs you'll save (or destroy), take a look at one of these books.
An Egg Is Quiet by Dianna Hutts Aston
Egg: Nature's Perfect Package by Steve Jenkins
Guess What Is Growing Inside This Egg by Mia Posada
What's in That Egg?: A Book about Life Cycles by Becky Baines
Whose Egg Is This? by Lisa J. Amstutz

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Protect Polar Bears

International Polar Bear Day is an annual global event celebrated every February 27th to draw attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and how we each can help.  The first step is to educate yourself, and there are several excellent new books to help you do just that.

Science Comics: Polar Bears: Survival on the Ice by Jason Viola & Zack Giallongo (December 31, 2018)
J  599.786  VIO  GRAPHIC NOVEL
Do you have what it takes to live in one of the harshest places in the world? What if you had just a couple years to gain the knowledge you'll need to survive on your own? Join two curious polar bear cubs as they play, hunt, and navigate life in the Arctic. With each season, they learn polar bear biology and behavior, as well as strategies and skills that will help them thrive in a landscape that is rapidly changing beyond their control. Living with super insulated bodies in a world that's melting? For polar bears, keeping cool is the name of the game!

I Wish I Was a Polar Bear by Jennifer Bové (December 11, 2018)
E  599.786  BOV  BEGINNING READER
What if you wished you were a polar bear and then you became one? Could you eat like a polar bear? Talk like a polar bear? Live in the cold Arctic tundra? And would you want to?  Ranger Rick explorers can learn all about polar bears in this reader full of fascinating facts, vivid wildlife photographs, a Wild Words glossary, and a paws-on activity that shows readers how blubber works using ice water and vegetable shortening! 

If Polar Bears Disappeared by Lily Williams (August 28, 2018)
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The freezing ecosystem in the far north of the globe is home to many different kinds of animals. They can be . . .
Strong, like a walrus
Tough, like a lemming
Resilient, like an arctic fox
But no arctic animal is as iconic as the polar bear.  Unfortunately, the endangered polar bear is threatened with extinction due to rapid climate change that is causing the ice where it hunts/lives to melt at an alarming rate. If Polar Bears Disappeared uses accessible, charming art to explore what would happen if the sea ice melts, causing the extinction of polar bears, and how it would affect environments around the globe.

Great Polar Bear by Carolyn Lesser (April 3, 2018)
J  599.786  LES
Journey into the magnificent and mysterious world of the far north in Great Polar BearCarolyn Lesser’s poetic and scientifically accurate story about a year in the life of a polar bear.  Learn how this impressive animal thrives in one of the harshest -- and imperiled -- environments in the world. Carolyn Lesser also makes her illustrative debut in Great Polar Bear, using collage to capture the bear hunting, swimming, and playing in the far north.

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Hammering for Freedom

I'm not sure how I missed this one when I was working on my February 7th Black History Bios blog.  Luckily, I stumbled across it while looking for something completely unrelated in the biographies.  Winner of Lee & Low’s New Voices Award, Hammering for Freedom tells the true story of one man’s skill, hard work, and resolve to keep his family together.  Established in 2000, the New Voices Award encourages writers of color and Native nations to submit their work to a publisher that takes pride in nurturing new talent.

Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story by Rita Lorraine Hubbard (September 4, 2018)
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The true story of William “Bill” Lewis, a man born into slavery who wouldn’t rest until his whole family was free. Bill and his family were enslaved in Tennessee, where they worked long days in Col. Lewis’ fields. Bill was a young boy when Col. Lewis decided to make him a blacksmith, and Bill became very good at it. Col. Lewis rented him out, a common practice, and started letting Bill keep some of the money. Bill saved his coins and decided to ask Col. Lewis to let him rent himself. Col. Lewis agreed, for a large yearly fee. Bill paid the fee and opened his own blacksmith shop, becoming the first African-American blacksmith in Chattanooga. He worked long days and saved his money, with a goal in mind. Over time, he bought his wife’s freedom, and then their son’s, and then, one by one, the rest of his family’s. The text skillfully includes details about laws governing the lives of enslaved people (Bill travels with a white escort; he buys his wife’s freedom first so that their future children will be born free) while keeping readers hooked through every step of Bill’s plan. Rich illustrations help readers imagine life in the 1800s and show the complexity of Bill’s situation. Readers will root for Bill to the utterly satisfying end. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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Woke Baby

For all the littlest progressives, waking up to seize a new day of justice and activism.

Woke Baby by Mahogany L. Browne (December 31, 2018)
E  BRO  NEW BOOK
Woke babies are up early. Woke babies raise their fists in the air. Woke babies cry out for justice. Woke babies grow up to change the world.
Watch the book trailer filled with adorable woke babies.

 

A reminder to all black children that they are beautiful and worthy of a life well-lived.

Hands Up! by Breanna J. McDaniel (January 22, 2019)
E  MCD  NEW BOOK
A young black girl lifts her baby hands up to greet the sun, reaches her hands up for a book on a high shelf, and raises her hands up in praise at a church service. She stretches her hands up high like a plane's wings and whizzes down a hill so fast on her bike with her hands way up. As she grows, she lives through everyday moments of joy, love, and sadness. And when she gets a little older, she joins together with her family and her community in a protest march, where they lift their hands up together in resistance and strength.
Read an article by the author to learn more about why she wrote this powerful book.

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Two for Teens!

Teen Book Club
Monday, February 25, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Join Anna Beth for a discussion of Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.  You'll also help choose the book for March's meeting.

Adulting 101: Cleaning Skills
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.

Wendy, teen librarian and Queen of Clean, will share favorite cleaning tips to make your life easier.  It will probably keep your parents off your back, too.

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A Place for Pluto

Today, February 18, 2019, is Pluto Day.  It celebrates the day Pluto was designated a planet way back in 1930.  Of course, in 2006, Pluto was downgraded from a full sized planet to a dwarf planet by the International Astronomical Union.  Which means August 24, 2019 will be another Pluto-themed obscure holiday.  This new book works for whichever you choose to honor.

A Place for Pluto by Stef Wade 
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Pluto got the shock of his life when he was kicked out of the famous nine. His planet status was stripped away, leaving him lost and confused. Poor Pluto! On his quest to find a place where he belongs, he talks to comets, asteroids, and meteoroids. He doesn't fit it anywhere! But when Pluto is about to give up, he runs into a dwarf planet and finally finds his place in the solar system. This feel-good picture book combines a popular science topic with character education themes of self discovery, acceptance, and friendship.  

For more information on Pluto the dwarf planet, take a peek at Dewey Decimal number 523.48 in the Kid Zone nonfiction collection.

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To Night Owl from Dogfish

The Parent Trap gets a modern makeover in this entertaining and endearing middle-grade novel about two 12-year-old girls, one camp, and a summer that will bond them for a lifetime.

To Night Owl from Dogfish by Holly Goldberg Sloan & Meg Wolitzer (February 12, 2019)
"Avery, an aspiring writer from New York, and Bett, a California surfer girl, are the lights of their respective single father’s lives—and each is very much used to it. So the news that their gay dads fell in love at a conference and have been secretly dating for three months does not sit well with either of them. Worse still, the girls are bundled off to a nerd camp where they are expected to bond like family while their dads head off on an eight-week motorcycle adventure in China. Sloan and Wolizter make strategic use of their tale’s epistolary (or rather email) format to create two disparate yet familiar-feeling three-dimensional characters who are from very different worlds. That they will eventually become sisters feels inevitable, but that does not diminish the enjoyment of watching Avery and Bett bond over animals at camp, gradually growing toward each other and then with each other. Their increasing closeness is tracked in the evolution of their correspondence, which becomes littered with nicknames and discussions of everything from periods and pet phobias to boys. " [from Kirkus Reviews]

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