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Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout for This Teacher Guide!

Brightly has done it again!  Seriously, I cannot rave enough about this website dedicated to exploring the wild and wonderful world of books and reading.  If you want to keep up with their latest educator resources, take a look at their Teach Brightly website.  When you do, you'll find a new educator guide for one of my favorite nonfiction books of 2017 -- Let's Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout; Dance, Spin & Turn It Out!: Games, Songs, and Stories from an African American Childhood by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Brian Pinkney.

A collection of McKissack’s favorite childhood games, songs, poems, and stories, Let’s Clap, Jump, Sing & Shout details the historical — and sometimes hidden — meanings in everything from “Miss Mary Mack” to the backstory of “Amazing Grace,” all through the lens of African American culture and history.  Brightly's free Educator’s Guide is filled with discussion questions, activities, and resources that help bring history to life while inviting students from all cultures to see similarities among their traditions and bring in songs, rhymes, and games from their own lives.

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Good Night, Wind

When you think of March, are your thoughts green?  March is a time of year when everything green starts to grow again.  Or, are you like me?  When I think of March, I think of the wind.  In fact, my family oftens refers to March as being "windy weather chickens".  Yes, my family is weird.  And wonderful.  Do you know what else is a bit weird but definitely wonderful?  This new picture book inspired by a folktale about the wind.

Good Night, Wind by Linda Elovitz Marshall, illustrated by Maëlle Doliveaux (February 26, 2019)
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Inspired by a Yiddish story, author Marshall uses fresh language to reimagine this tale of the winter wind, exhausted after working all winter blowing leaves off trees and sculpting snow drifts for children, now looking for a respite. But all the places it tries to settle down—the cozy houses, a tree trunk, a rock—reject it because, of course, it’s the icy winter wind. When it rattles the windows of a remote cabin, frightening a young boy, the boy’s sister demands that the wind stop and tells her brother that “Wind is acting like a tired, angry baby.” The boy replies, with impeccable child logic, “Maybe Wind needs a nap?” The two children guide the wind to a cave, where the wind gratefully hunkers down. While the story is wonderfully inviting in itself, illustrator Doliveux’s images, created using dioramas constructed from cut-paper collage, then lit and photographed, are wondrous. Winter Wind is a swirling mass of paper strips in cool blues and whites with dark, expressive eyes. By contrast, the cozy rooms and houses are rendered in warm colors and steady lines to give viewers a sense of order and warmth. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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Wonder Park

Are you ready to enter the park?

Wonder Park debuts in theaters this weekend.  It's the story of a magnificent amusement park where the imagination of a wildly creative girl comes alive.  June is running through the woods to find her way home where she discovers an old rollercoaster car and climbs inside. She suddenly finds herself in an amusement park she had created in her mind and put aside. All of her rides and characters are brought to life but are falling into disarray without her. Now, with the help of her fun and lovable park characters, June will have to put the wonder back in the park before it is lost forever.

Take a look at the official website to watch video clips, meet the characters, play games, and create your own animated storybook!

Want to have more amusement park fun?  Try one of these books!
Amazing Amusement Park Rides by Meish Goldish
How Amusement Parks Work by Lisa Greathouse
Ride That Rollercoaster!: Forces at an Amusement Park by Richard & Louise Spilsbury
The Thrills and Chills of Amusement Parks by Jordan Brown

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Planting Stories with Pura Belpré

Pura Belpré was the first Puerto Rican librarian to be hired by the New York Public Library system. A gifted storyteller and puppeteer, she celebrated the stories that had been handed down across generations of her family.  She also believed in welcoming everyone to the library, offering numerous programs and titles in Spanish to her neighbors at a time when such "community outreach" — especially to the Spanish-speaking community — was unheard of.  Her legacy has been honored by the Pura Belpré Award.  Established in 1996, the award is presented annually to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.  (I especially loved this year's illustrator honors -- Islandborn illustrated by Leo Espinosa and When Angels Sing: The Story of Rock Legend Carlos Santana illustrated by Jose Ramirez.)  If you want to learn more about this amazing woman, I suggest you read her new picture book biography.

Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré by Anika Aldamuy Denise (January 15, 2019)
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When she came to America in 1921, Pura Belpré carried the cuentos folklóricos of her Puerto Rican homeland. Finding a new home at the New York Public Library as a bilingual assistant, she turned her popular retellings into libros and spread story seeds across the land. Today, these seeds have grown into a lush landscape as generations of children and storytellers continue to share her tales and celebrate Pura’s legacy.  Brought to colorful life by Paola Escobar’s elegant and exuberant illustrations and Anika Aldamuy Denise’s lyrical text, this gorgeous book is perfect for the pioneers in your life.

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Service Saturday with Project Linus

Have you heard of Project Linus?  It's a non-profit organization that provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.  How?  They do it through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer “blanketeers.”  Since 1995, they have delivered 7,375,351 blankets.  Want to be part of this rewarding and fun service opportunity?  Join us at the Hoover Public Library for Service Saturday this Saturday, March 16, 2019!  From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., teens in grades 8-12 will be making blankets for Project Linus.  This is a great opportunity to lend a helping hand, and participants will receive community service hours.  So it's a win-win!

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Little People, Big Dreams

Little People, Big Dreams is an empowering biography series that celebrates the important life stories of wonderful women of the world.  March is Women's History Month.  Hmm, I wonder if that influenced my decision to highlight the series this month?  YES!  We don't have every single book here at Hoover Public Library, but we do have eleven!

1. Agatha Christie
2. Amelia Earhart
3. Anne Frank
4. Audrey Hepburn
5. Ella Fitzgerald
6. Frida Kahlo
7. Harriet Tubman
8. Josephine Baker
9. Maya Angelou
10. Mother Teresa
11. Rosa Parks

And you can borrow these from one of the other 39 Jefferson County libraries!
12. Ada Lovelace
13. Coco Chanel
14. Emmeline Pankhurst
15. Georgia O'Keeffe
16. Jane Austen

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The Demon King and His Book Club Queen

Spring Break is bumping up our Teen Book Club meeting for this month.  Join the book club queen Anna Beth on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The Demon King, the first book in an epic fantasy series by Cinda Williams Chima.  You'll also get the chance to select the title for the April meeting.

"One day Han Alister catches three young wizards setting fire to the sacred mountain of Hanalea. Han takes an amulet away from Micah Bayar, son of the High Wizard, to ensure the boy won't use it against him. The amulet once belonged to the Demon King, who nearly destroyed the world a millennium ago. With a magical piece so powerful at stake, Han knows that the Bayars will stop at nothing to get it back.  Meanwhile, Princess Raisa ana'Marianna has her own battle to fight. She's just returned to court after three years of riding and hunting with her father's family. Raia aspires to be like Hanalea, the legendary warrior queen who killed the Demon King and saved the world. But it seems that her mother has other plans for her-plans that include a suitor who goes against everything the Queendom stands for.  The Seven Realms will tremble when the lives of Han and Raisa collide."

Don't want to wait for your hold on the physical copy of the book?  Access the ebook instantly via Hoopla!

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Practical Parenting: Be Social Media Smart

Parenting is hard.  Always has been.  Always will be.  But modern parents are facing challenges past generations didn't have to face . . . because they didn't exist yet.  Like social media.  You can learn how to be Social Media Smart at our next Practical Parenting on Monday, March 11, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  There are benefits of social media but also evidence of emotional and behavioral side effects. As a parent, what should you know and what should you consider doing about it?  Dale Wisely, Ph.D. will help you think it through.  Dr. Wisely is Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.  There is no registration required for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.

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DC Icons and de la Peña

When you think of a superhero, who comes to mind?  For me, it is 100% Wonder Woman.  But for many, it is Superman.  Since he first appeared in comics in 1938, Superman has been one of the most beloved heroes to don a cape.  If you see the letter S in a shield, you instantly want to stand tall with your chest thrust forward as if YOU wore the emblem.  Then you want to fly through Metropolis as onlookers shout "It's a bird.  It's a plane.  It's SUPERMAN!"

Matt de la Peña, one of the superheroes of teen lit, is giving this beloved icon a fresh face in the latest novel in the DC Icons series.

Superman: Dawnbreaker (March 5, 2019)
Clark Kent has always been faster, stronger–better–than everyone around him. But it’s not like he’s earned his powers . . . yet. Lately it’s difficult to hold back and keep his heroics in the shadows. When Clark follows the sound of a girl crying, he comes across Gloria Alvarez and learns that people are disappearing from the Mexican-American and undocumented worker community in Smallville. Teaming up with his best friend, Lana Lang, Clark discovers that before he can save the world, he must save Smallville.

“In his brilliant take on Superman, de la Peña shows us that there’s a chance we’ll all need to step up like Clark Kent—with or without a cape.” —Jason ReynoldsNew York Times bestselling author of Miles Morales: Spider-Man and Long Way Down 

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Women Vote

I am a woman.  I deserve all the rights and responsibilities of citizenship in this country.  And, luckily for me and the millions of women in the United States, we had strong sisters fight for our right to be recognized as equals and cast our vote.  American women won the vote with the passage of the 19th Amendment on August 26, 1920.  The Voting Rights Act of 1965 secured voting rights for racial minorities, including our sisters of color.  Learn about the struggles and triumphs of the women who paved the way.  Then exercise your right to vote at the next opportunity.

Bold & Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote by Kirsten Gillinbrand (November 13, 2018)
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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand was inspired by her own great-grandmother, grandmother, and mother to be bold and brave–to stand up and fight for what she believes in. But who inspired them? The long chain of women before them who spoke out for what’s right–women who taught each generation that followed how to be bold and brave.  Here are the stories of ten leaders who strove to win the right to vote for American women–a journey that took more than seventy years of passionate commitment. From well-known figures, such as Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth to lesser known women such as Alice Paul and Mary Church Terrell, these are heroes who dreamed big and never gave up. Senator Gillibrand highlights an important and pithy lesson from each woman’s life–from “dare to be different” to “fight together.”  On the eve of the one-hundredth anniversary of the Nineteenth Amendment, which granted women suffrage, Bold & Brave looks both backward and forward. It introduces children to strong women who have raised their voices on behalf of justice–and inspires them to raise their own voices to build our future.

Blast Back!: Women's Suffrage by Nancy Ohlin (June 26, 2018)
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When people think about the women's suffrage movement, things like voting rights and protests may come to mind. But what was the movement all about, and what social change did it bring? This engaging nonfiction book, complete with black-and-white interior illustrations, will make readers feel like they've traveled back in time. It covers everything from the history of women's rights in the U.S. to women's suffrage movements across the world, and more. Find out interesting, little-known facts such as how the suffragists were the first people to ever picket the White House and how the nineteenth amendment granting women the right to vote passed by only one vote when a legislator changed his vote to "yes" after receiving a letter from his mother telling him to "do the right thing."

Roses and Radicals: The Epic Story of How American Women Won the Right to Vote by Susan Zimet & Todd Hasak-Lowy (January 16, 2018)
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The United States of America is almost 250 years old, but American women won the right to vote less than a hundred years ago.  And when the controversial nineteenth amendment to the U.S. Constitution-the one granting suffrage to women-was finally ratified in 1920, it passed by a mere one-vote margin.  The amendment only succeeded because a courageous group of women had been relentlessly demanding the right to vote for more than seventy years. The leaders of the suffrage movement are heroes who were fearless in the face of ridicule, arrest, imprisonment, and even torture. Many of them devoted themselves to the cause knowing they wouldn't live to cast a ballot.  The story of women's suffrage is epic, frustrating, and as complex as the women who fought for it.

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