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I Am Sonia Sotomayor

2018 has brought us several excellent biographies about Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina Supreme Court Justice.  Read one today!

I Am Sonia Sotomayor by Brad Meltzer (November 13, 2018)
This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of one of America's icons in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos.

The Beloved World of Sonia Sotomayor by Sonia Sotomayor (September 4, 2018)
Sonia Sotomayor was just a girl when she dared to dream big. Her dream? To become a lawyer and a judge even though she’d never met one of either, and none lived in her neighborhood.  Sonia did not let the hardships of her background—which included growing up in the rough housing projects of New York City’s South Bronx, dealing with juvenile diabetes, coping with parents who argued and fought personal demons, and worrying about money—stand in her way. Always, she believed in herself. Her determination, along with guidance from generous mentors and the unwavering love of her extended Puerto Rican family, propelled her ever forward.  Eventually, all of Sonia’s hard work led to her appointment as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court in 2009, a role that she has held ever since.  Learn about Justice Sotomayor’s rise and her amazing work as well as about the Supreme Court in this fascinating memoir that shows that no matter the obstacles, dreams can come true.

Turning Pages: My Life Story by Sonia Sotomayor (September 4, 2018)
As the first Latina Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor has inspired young people around the world to reach for their dreams. But what inspired her? For young Sonia, the answer was books! They were her mirrors, her maps, her friends, and her teachers. They helped her to connect with her family in New York and in Puerto Rico, to deal with her diabetes diagnosis, to cope with her father's death, to uncover the secrets of the world, and to dream of a future for herself in which anything was possible.  Justice Sotomayor shares that love of books with a new generation of readers, and inspires them to read and puzzle and dream for themselves. Accompanied by Lulu Delacre's vibrant art, this story of the Justice's life shows readers that the world is full of promise and possibility--all they need to do is turn the page.

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The Grinch: Stealing Christmas 2018

The studio that brought you Despicable Me (and those adorably naughty Minions) has revamped the classic Seuss Christmas tale.  The Grinch opens in theaters this weekend.  The Grinch (voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch) and his loyal dog, Max, live a solitary existence inside a cave on Mount Crumpet. His main source of aggravation comes during Christmastime when his neighbors in Whoville celebrate the holidays with a bang. When the Whos decide to make Christmas bigger and brighter, the disgruntled Grinch realizes there is one way to gain peace and quiet. With help from Max, the green grump hatches a scheme to pose as Santa Claus, steal Christmas and silence the Whos' holiday cheer once and for all.

Read the book that inspired the movie.  Find How the Grinch Stole Christmas in the picture book room at Hoover Public Library.  Look for E  SEU.  And go ahead and mark your calendars for our Grinch Double Feature on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at 2 pm.  We'll be showing the 1966 animated classic followed by the 2000 live-action movie starring Jim Carrey.  Admission and refreshments are free.

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The Real McCoys: Two's a Crowd

The Real McCoys by husband-wife team Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr was one of my absolute favorite books of 2017.  I had my fingers crossed that there would be a sequel.  And now there's a sequel!!!

The Real McCoys: Two's a Crowd (November 6, 2018)
"When a baffling mystery strikes Tiddlywhump Elementary, sibling detectives and absolute opposites Moxie and Milton McCoy are on the case. She's the doer. He's the thinker. She's the heart. He's her heartburn.  Moxie's friend Emily has received a suspicious letter signed with nothing but a sinister purple squiggle. Then more letters arrive—along with more questions. Who sent them? What do they mean? Is the world on the brink of collapse?  Milton and Moxie are the perfect problem-solving team...if only they could get along.When their partnership falls apart, Moxie races to identify the mysterious Squiggler first—while learning the hard way that two McCoys really are better than one.  With energetic illustrations on every page, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr's Two's a Crowd is a vivaciously funny and irresistibly heartfelt mystery for young readers."

Want a sneak peek inside the book?  Take a look at the publisher's page.

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Teen Movie Night Out

The Crimes of Grindelwald hits the big screen soon, and the Muggles at Hoover Public Library can't wait!  Our teen librarian is especially excited, which is why she's hosting a Teen Movie Night Out on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 Sign up online or by phone (444-7826) to reserve your spot to see the movie at Patton Creek AMC.  Space is limited, and you must be 13-18 years old for the library to pay for your admission.  The group will catch a late afternoon/early evening showing; exact time will be determined closer to the date.

The original screenplay will be released November 16, 2018.  Place your hold today!

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Pass Go and Collect $200

National Play Monopoly Day is observed every year on November 19. Known as one of the most popular board games in the world, Monopoly has been played by an estimated more than 5 million people since 1935.  Make sure you are absolutely ready for this "holiday" by reading a brand-new biography about the game's creator.  And don't forget -- you can check out Monopoly and other family board games from the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library!

Pass Go and Collect$200: The Real Story of How Monopoly Was Invented by Tanya Lee Stone (07/17/18)
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In the late 1800s lived Lizzie Magie, a clever and charismatic woman with a strong sense of justice. Waves of urban migration drew Lizzie’s attention to rising financial inequality. One day she had an idea: create a game that shows the unfairness of the landlord-tenant relationship. But game players seemed to have the most fun pretending to be wealthy landowners. Enter Charles Darrow, a marketer and salesman with a vision for transforming Lizzie’s game into an exciting staple of American family entertainment.

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Ralph Wrecks the Internet . . . and the Library

Yep, old ham-hands himself has a new movie headed to the big screen.  Wreck It Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet comes out in time for the Thanksgiving holiday on November 21, 2018.  Six years after saving the arcade from the Cy-Bugs attack and from Turbo's revenge, the story leaves Litwak's video arcade behind, venturing into the uncharted, expansive and thrilling world of the internet - which may or may not survive Ralph's wrecking. Video game bad guy Ralph and fellow misfit Vanellope von Schweetz must risk it all by traveling to the world wide web in search of a replacement part to save Vanellope's video game, Sugar Rush. In way over their heads, Ralph and Vanellope rely on the citizens of the internet - the netizens - to help navigate their way, including a website entrepreneur named Yesss, who is the head algorithm and the heart and soul of trend-making site "BuzzTube."

Hoover Public Library is hosting an epic event to help tide you over until the movie release.  Join us for Ralph Wrecks the Library on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll have three games based on the arcade games from the original movie.  You'll "drive" a car through our Sugar Rush Race Course. In Hero's Duty, you'll engage in alien target practice to win a medal.  And use Ralph's mighty fists to knock down a building  in Fix-⁠it Felix.  You'll also get a chance to make candy race cars and a Wreck It Ralph hair headband.  And don't forget the snacks!  No need to register for this event.  Simply follow the stars to fun.

Find the original movie in the Kid Zone!  Look for J WRE DVD on the shelves near the main desk.

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The Nutcracker and the Four Realms

In 1816, E.T.A. Hoffmann penned a short story called "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King."  It has inspired lots of artistic interpretations, from Tchaikovsky's ballet to Barbie's animated feature.  And this weekend, Disney releases their spin.  The Nutcracker and the Four Realms has a stellar cast and is visually stunning.  Early reviews have not been favorable, but you can make up your OWN mind.  Watch the trailer, then see the movie in one of our local cinemas this weekend.

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Practical Parenting: Exit Strategies

Our second Practical Parenting program is next week!  Find out why teens get involved in high-risk behaviors, then learn a parenting approach that may better prepare teens to avoid and get out of dangerous situations at Exit Strategies on Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.  Our speaker is Dale Wisely Ph.D., Director of Family Life at Prince of Peace Catholic Church & School in Hoover. Prior to joining Prince of Peace, he was Director of Student Services at Mountain Brook City Schools for 12 years, where he continues to serve as a consultant. He has been a child and adolescent clinical psychologist for 36 years.  Tragically, the overwhelming majority of teenage deaths occur as a result of high-risk behavior. But the consequences of risky behavior can also lead to disability, unnecessary suffering, legal problems, and other serious troubles. You may not be there to stop your child, especially in the face of peer pressure, but you can give them an escape plan for high risk situations. This event will take place in the Youth Program Room at the end of the starred hall in the Kid Zone.

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Time for a Wimpy Kid Meltdown

The newest Diary of a Wimpy Kid came out this week!  I thought it wasn't supposed to come out until November 6th.  Surprise!

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Meltdown by Jeff Kinney (#13)
When snow shuts down Greg Heffley's middle school, his neighborhood transforms into a wintry battlefield. Rival groups fight over territory, build massive snow forts, and stage epic snowball fights. And in the crosshairs are Greg and his trusty best friend, Rowley Jefferson.  It's a fight for survival as Greg and Rowley navigate alliances, betrayals, and warring gangs in a neighborhood meltdown. When the snow clears, will Greg and Rowley emerge as heroes? Or will they even survive to see another day?

Watch the book trailer!

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Trick or Treat!

Trick or Treat! at Hoover Library this Wednesday, October 31, 2018  from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m..  We'll have 19 candy stations throughout the library.  What a great opportunity to visit previously unexplored areas of your favorite place!  Can't wait to see your costume this Halloween!  

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