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Into the Spider-Verse

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse came out in theaters this past weekend.  Have you seen it yet?  Do you know what it's all about?  Bitten by a radioactive spider in the subway, Brooklyn teenager Miles Morales suddenly develops mysterious powers that transform him into the one and only Spider-Man.  At least, he thinks he's the one and only.  Then he meets Peter Parker . . . and he realizes that there are many others who share his special, high-flying talents.  Miles must now use his newfound skills to battle the evil Kingpin, a hulking madman who can open portals to other universes and pull different versions of Spider-Man into our world.

I worked this past weekend, so I haven't had a chance to see it yet.  But I will.  There is absolutely no dimension in which Katie Jane will not see this movie.  Want more Miles Morales?  Read the novel by Jason Reynolds.

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Mortal Engines: The Book, The Movie

The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip Reeve is one of my favorite series of all time.  I own all four titles: Mortal Engines, Predator's Gold, Infernal Devices, and A Darkling Plain.  When I first read them, I wondered if they would ever be turned into a movie.  I figured it would be impossible to do it justice, especially the roving cities.  But movie magic has become even more magical, and the time has finally arrived.  Mortal Engines hits the big screen this weekend.  And Peter Jackson helped put it there, so I'm more than a little excited.  Here's hoping it lives up to the hype in my head.

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Grinch Double Feature

You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch.  You really are a heel.
You're as cuddly as a cactus.  You're as charming as an eel.
Mr. Grinch!
You're a bad banana with a greasy black peel!

Catch our Grinch Double Feature in the Library Theatre on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2 p.m.  We'll start with the animated classic (1966, NR, 26 minutes), followed by Jim Carrey in the title role of the lavish live-action version of the holiday tale (2000, PG, 104 minutes).  Free admission and refreshments!

CINEMATIC BONUS!
The Fiction Department's monthly Monday at the Movies series is featuring a family holiday movie this month.  You can catch The Muppet Christmas Carol in the Library Theatre on Monday, December 17, 2018 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  Admission and refreshments are free at this event, too.

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Holiday Sing-Along Storytime

Our annual Holiday Sing-Along Storytime is always a BIG hit.  That's why we're hosting it in the Library Theatre.  And just who are the fearless leaders of fun this year?  Miss Katie Jane (that's me!) usually partners up with Miss Alyssa.  But Miss Alyssa just had a beautiful baby boy!  So I'll be joined by Mr Justin, storyteller/singer/dancer/ukulele-er extraordinaire!  There will be jingle bells and a flurry of fa-la-la-la-las for the whole family.  Don't miss it!

Holiday Sing-Along Storytime
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 10:30 a.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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Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero

Today is the day!  Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero is out on DVD!

This animated feature film is based on the incredible true story of America’s most decorated dog.  After being rescued off the streets by a young soldier on the eve of America’s entry in World War I,  Stubby is given a home, a family, and the chance to embark on the adventure that would define a century.

Want to learn even more about Stubby?  Read Stubby the War Dog: The True Story of World War I's Bravest Dog by Ann Bausum.  There's also a novel about his life called Stubby by Kate Klimo.  It is in the popular Dog Diaries series.

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Magoon and Maldonado

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon (October 16, 2018)
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This memorable novel about three African-American boys in small-town Indiana opens with a trade: Bobby Gene and his little brother, Caleb, swap their baby sister for a sack of fireworks. Though the child is returned immediately, the brothers (ages 11 and 10) get to keep the fireworks. But what to do with them? Enter Styx Malone, a charismatic teen (who’s “sliding through the world like the air around him was greased”), who tells the siblings, “You just gotta learn how to make people give you things.” Styx convinces them that the trio can make a profit on the fireworks and, through a creatively convoluted trade-up sequence (involving old car parts, a lawn mower, and some Harley-Davidson memorabilia), could end up owning a snazzy moped. Beneath the entertaining shenanigans runs an affecting emotional current: Styx has ricocheted from one foster home to another and aches for a loving home; narrator Caleb grapples with the fear that he is “ordinary” and feels smothered by his overprotective father. Interweaving themes of risk taking and trust, betrayal and forgiveness, Magoon crafts a novel that is genuinely funny, heartbreaking, and uplifting—extraordinary, in fact. [from Publishers Weekly]

Tight by Torrey Maldonado (September 4, 2018)
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The complex emotional lives of young boys of color are portrayed through a nascent friendship. Bryan is constantly teased for being "soft," thanks to his preference for comics, drawing, and spending quiet moments with his mom. Through his mother's work at a Brooklyn community center, he meets Mike, an older, "harder" schoolmate whom he's never socialized with before and is apprehensive about befriending. Slowly, Bryan finds they have much in common and begins spending more time with Mike. When Bryan's recently paroled father is re-incarcerated, Mike offers him an emotional outlet in the form of ditching school, the first of several exploits the pair undertake. Pushing of boundaries as an emotional response to trauma, vulnerability, and societal pressures is an overarching theme of the novel, pressing readers to consider the impetus of what is deemed "bad behavior." [from School Library Journal]

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Wake Up, Santa!: Our Annual Christmas Musical

The holiday tradition continues!  Our talented staff will once again star in an original musical filled with holiday hilarity.  In fact, it's the show that started it all.  Join us for Wake Up, Santa! in the Library Theatre.  There are three shows open to the public.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.
[This event takes place after the library is closed.]
Saturday, December 15, 2018 at 10:30 a.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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An Educator's Guide to Empathy

I've talked about Brightly before.  It is an amazing resource for parents, teachers, and anyone passionate about connecting kids with books.  They have a new educator's guide about building empathy with books that is absolutely stellar.  And all of the books featured are available from Hoover Public Library!

Just Under the Clouds by Melissa Sarno (also available as downloadable audio)
Lemons by Melissa Savage (also available as ebook and downloadable audio)
Lily and Dunkin by Donna Gephart (also available as book-on-CD)
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty (also available as ebook and downloadable audio)
The Secret Life of Lincoln Jones by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Season's Readings

Looking for a new favorite Christmas story?  Take a peek at 2018's holiday picture books!

All-⁠Of-⁠A-⁠Kind Family Hanukkah by Emily Jenkins
The Broken Ornament by Tony DiTerlizzi
The Christmas Extravaganza Hotel by Tracey Corderoy
Coming Home by Michael Morpurgo
Construction Site on Christmas Night by Sherri Rinker
Cookiesaurus Christmas by Amy Fellner Dominy
Finding a Dove for Gramps by Lisa J. Amstutz
I Got the Christmas Spirit by Connie Schofield-⁠Morrison
If You Ever Want to Bring a Pirate to Meet Santa, Don't! by Elise Parsley
Last Stop on the Reindeer Express by Maudie Powell-⁠Tuck
Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg
Merry Christmas, Little Elliot by Mike Curato
Mrs. Claus Takes the Reins by Sue Fliess
Oliver Elephant by Lou Peacock
One Christmas Wish by Katherine Rundell
Pete the Cat's 12 Groovy Days of Christmas by Kimberly & James Dean
Santa Bruce by by Ryan T. Higgins
Tough Cookie : a Christmas Story by Edward Hemingway
A Unicorn Named Sparkle's First Christmas by Amy Young

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Santa Claus Is Coming to Town

You better watch out.  You better not cry.
Better not pout, I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is comin' to town.

Santa Claus Is Coming to Town . . . specifically to the Plaza at Hoover Public Library . . . on Saturday, December 8, 2018! He'll be available for official pictures (and a holiday happy) beginning at 10 a.m.  At 12 noon he will have to return to his workshop.  This is a come-and-go program, but we will have holiday snacks available.

The Library Plaza is easy to find.  When you enter the building, take the hall on the left.  About halfway down the hall, take a right.  You should see two brown pillars beneath a large sign saying The Plaza.  Santa will be in position for pictures on the Plaza stage.  

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