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The Truth About Animals

I love Maxwell Eaton III, and that's the truth!  He has penned a series of books that present seriously funny facts about some of our world's most amazing animals.  There are four so far with another on the way in May.  Take a peek at one of them to see if I'm telling the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.

The Truth About Bears
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Did you know that polar bears smell seals through the ice and snow in order to find and eat them? Did you know that when a bear is born, it weighs less than a picture book? Did you know that bears sleep all winter and don't go to the bathroom while they hibernate?

The Truth About Hippos
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Did you know that there are two types of hippo: the common hippo and the pygmy hippo (which is like a common hippo but smaller)? Did you know that all hippos live in Africa? Did you know that hippos can't actually swim?

The Truth About Elephants
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Did you know that an elephant's tusks never stop growing?  And that they use six sets of teeth throughout their lives?  Did you know that elephants can sometimes purr like giant cats?

The Truth About Dolphins
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Did you know that baby dolphins are usually born tail-first? Did you know that each dolphin has a unique whistle (like a human's fingerprints) that makes them instantly recognizable to their friends? Did you know that killer whales are actually a kind of dolphin?

The Truth About Crocodiles (coming May 7, 2019)
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Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything

I am known for my way with words.  Even as a young child, I liked to pepper my conversations with interesting vocabulary words I had learned.  Most of them came from reading books with my family.  Plus I have a mother who likes to talk.  If you are a child who loves words, or if you're an adult who wants to encourage your child's love of words, here is a picture book I think you'll cherish.

Ebenezer Has a Word for Everything by Chelsea H. Rowe
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Ebenezer loves words so much that he writes them in his journal. He adds to his collection every day and tries to sell them at a modified lemonade stand. When he meets Fitzgerald, an idea collector who asks him questions, they are able to entertain their classmates and families with the stories they create together. Because Ebenezer has a hobby that is uncommon, the story touches on the moments he feels lonely and disappointed, but the digital illustrations never show him giving up. He remains a collector of words whether he's at a grocery store (linguine), at home at his sister's birthday party (exhausting), or at the library (habitat). [from School Library Journal]

Access fun activity sheets from Peachtree Publishers. 

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Unicorn Flower Pots

Yes, I loved My Little Pony in the 80s.  And I did in fact have one that was a unicorn.  Her name was Moondancer.  But I am NOT the type of person drawn to any and all things unicorn.  But, come on, this is adorbs!  And you too can have this rare and magically wonderful planter!  Teens will be making Unicorn Flower Pots on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826) beginning April 12.

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Take Another Spin with Samantha Spinner

Get ready for more round-the-world adventure with Samantha Spinner and her brother, Nipper, in the second book in this hilarious, puzzle-packed series filled with super-secret messages! Perfect for fans of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library and classics like Holes.

Samantha Spinner and the Spectacular Specs by Russell Ginns (March 12, 2019)
When Samantha Spinner’s uncle Paul disappeared, he left presents for his nieces and nephew. Samantha’s sister, Buffy, got $2,400,000,000. Her brother, Nipper, got the New York Yankees. Samantha got . . . a rusty old umbrella.  Wow! So unfair, Uncle Paul.
Well, it seemed unfair–until Samantha discovered that the old umbrella holds the plans for a super-secret network of transit systems that covers the globe. It’s the ticket to danger and adventure beyond anyone’s wildest dreams.  But Uncle Paul is still missing. And Samantha just received a new gift from him: a pair of strange purple sunglasses. Are they another powerful present? A clue to his whereabouts? Or just a bad fashion choice? Samantha and Nipper need to figure it out fast, because . . . here comes the SUN!

Don't miss the first adventure!
Samantha Spinner and the Super Secret Plans

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Fancy Nancy? Ooh-la-la!

Are you ready to meet the girl du jour, star of both a book and TV series?  Join us for Fancy Nancy in the Kid Zone on Saturday, April 13, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  You'll Get Fancy with Nancy as you play a dress-up game.  You'll fling some bling at Mrs. Devine's Ring Toss and sashay through a Butterfly Garden Obstacle Course.  And, since accessories add a bit of ooh-la-la, you'll hand decorate a fancy pocketbook and crown.  Then enjoy a sampling of tea party snacks in Café Parfait.  No RSVP needed for this affair extraordinaire. 

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You can find Jane O'Connor's Fancy Nancy picture books under E  OCO.  The reader series is under E  I CAN  OCO  BEGINNING READER.
Watch a trailer of Disney's Fancy Nancy show then check out the DVD from the Kid Zone.

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National Library Week 2019

National Library Week is April 7- 13, 2019.  It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation's libraries and library workers.  Libraries of all types serve as change agents that strengthen communities by supporting community engagement and providing services that connect closely with patrons’ needs. That's why the theme for this year is Libraries=Strong Communities.  And it's totally true!  All you have to do is step into Hoover Public Library, take a look around, and you'll see the proof.  The 2019 NLW Honorary Chair is philanthropist and author Melinda Gates.   “In addition to providing communities with access to ideas and information, libraries play an important role in our public life by encouraging creativity, promoting equality, and serving as a source of empowerment,” Gates said.  We want that to always be true here at Hoover Public Library.  If you haven't tapped into our programs and other resources, I encourage you to use National Library Week as an excuse to do just that.  If you know all the ins-and-outs of what we offer and have an idea of how we can offer even more, we want to hear about it.  Have you read our mission?

"The Hoover Public Library seeks to reinvent the way communities view libraries. As the heart and soul of the Hoover community, we are more than just a library. We’re the place you come to meet your friends, experience live theater, peruse art, listen to music, entertain your children, learn about new technology, seek job searching assistance, explore your interests, find good book recommendations and much, much more. We seek to grow our patronage by offering an unparalleled customer experience. When you have a question, we want the library to be the first thing that comes to mind."

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Watch the American Library Association's commercial for NLW2019.

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Sing a Song of Seasons

April is National Poetry Month.  It is also the month that often shows just how crazy the spring weather season can be.  So, what book combines those two things beautifully?  This stunningly illustrated, absolutely enormous collection of poems, one for every day of the year!

Sing a Song of Seasons edited by Fiona Waters, illustrated by Frann Preston-Gannon
Measuring approximately 10 by 11 inches high and over 1 inch thick, Waters’ collected 366 lyric selections hail from more than 90 poets recognized as pillars of the Western canon—Shakespeare, Dickinson, Wordsworth, Blake, Cummings—as well as a handful of poets from other cultures as well as modern children’s stalwarts. While the age-old celebration of seasons and passage of time must be among the most common ways nature anthologies are organized, what sets this collection apart is how the differing perspectives work together. Waters makes sure, whether nature’s many creatures or states of being happen to be personified or objectified, that the unifying themes of environmental conservation and respect for creatures great and small (“Hurt no living thing,” advises Christina Rossetti) come clearly across. This isn’t to say the volume doesn’t offer numerous examples of light verse, such as Tony Mitton’s salute to a plum—“Don’t feel beaten. / You were made / to be eaten”—or selections from fun masters Ogden Nash and JonArno Lawson. Alongside these playful stanzas are hundreds of reflective poems, showcasing natural wonders often with mere syllables, as in “White Sound” by Julie O’Callaghan: “When rain / whispers / it is snow.”  Paired throughout with Preston-Gannon’s evocative, vibrantly textured digital illustrations, Waters’ superbly curated poems offer something for everyone: majestic and inspiring as nature itself. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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A Piglet Named Mercy

Every porcine wonder was once a piglet!

A Piglet Named Mercy by Kate DiCamillo & Chris Van Dusen (April 2, 2019)
Mr. Watson and Mrs. Watson live ordinary lives. Sometimes their lives feel a bit too ordinary. Sometimes they wish something different would happen. And one day it does, when someone unpredictable finds her way to their front door. In a delightful origin story for the star of the Mercy Watson series, a tiny piglet brings love (and chaos) to Deckawoo Drive — and the Watsons’ lives will never be the same.  

Watch the author talk about the new book!
Read Mr. Schu's interview with both the author and illustrator!
Take a peek in the FIRST CHAPTER BOOKS under J  DIC to find the original Mercy Watson series.

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Homeschool Hub Is A-Buzz in April

Our final Homeschool Hub of the school year is almost here!  Join local beekeepers Gayle Hurley and Kirsten Heiser, AKA the Swarm Snatchers, for Bee Smart on Wednesday, April 17, 2019 at 2 p.m.  This intro to bee keeping, bee science and bee preservation will include tools of the trade, specimens, interactive games, and a Q & A session.  There will also be a honey tasting opportunity and a bee craft.  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

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Did you see the March 2019 issue of Book Report, our teacher newsletter?  It features lots of new nonfiction titles about bees.  And since its publication, we've added another outstanding title to our collection -- Bee: A Peek-Through Picture Book by Britta Teckentrup.  Through a hole in the book's cover, a bee is buzzing inside a flower. Peek into this bright and lively book and discover the big ways this little insect contributes to the beauty of the environment, from pollinating colorful flowers to buzzing about the bright and beautiful meadow.

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The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander is an author that catapulted to prominence when The Crossover won the 2015 Newbery Medal.  Kadir Nelson is the illustrator of too-many-to-name award-winning books.  They are each a champion in their field.  What happens when two greats work together?  That's right . . . further greatness.

The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander & Kadir Nelson (April 2, 2019)
Past and present are quilted together in this innovative overview of black Americans’ triumphs and challenges in the United States.  Alexander’s poetry possesses a straightforward, sophisticated, steady rhythm that, paired with Nelson’s detail-oriented oil paintings, carries readers through generations chronicling “the unforgettable,” “the undeniable,” “the unflappable,” and “the righteous marching ones,” alongside “the unspeakable” events that shape the history of black Americans. [excerpt from Kirkus Review]

Watch the book trailer.
Read the lengthy but completely worthwhile review from School Library Journal.

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