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Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead to Iron Lungs

Compete in breathtaking challenges and put your lungs to the test at Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Iron Lungs on Tuesday, January 22, 2019 at 4 p.m.  Kids ages 7-12 will move pom poms through a tunnel obstacle course and try to keep a pom pom floating in the air.  They'll also use their powerful breath to propel an object along a zipline.  Registration for this event is open!  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

Want to learn more about breathing?  Browse the respiratory system books under Dewey Decimal Number 612.2 in the Kid Zone nonfiction section.

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Two Can Keep a Secret

Watch the official book trailer for the new thriller by Karen M. McManus, the author of One of Us Is Lying.

Two Can Keep a Secret (January 8, 2019)
Echo Ridge is small-town America. Ellery’s never been there, but she’s heard all about it. Her aunt went missing there at age seventeen. And only five years ago, a homecoming queen put the town on the map when she was killed. Now Ellery has to move there to live with a grandmother she barely knows.

The town is picture-perfect, but it’s hiding secrets. And before school even begins for Ellery, someone has declared open season on homecoming, promising to make it as dangerous as it was five years ago. Then, almost as if to prove it, another girl goes missing.

Ellery knows all about secrets. Her mother has them; her grandmother does too. And the longer she’s in Echo Ridge, the clearer it becomes that everyone there is hiding something. The thing is, secrets are dangerous—and most people aren’t good at keeping them. Which is why in Echo Ridge, it’s safest to keep your secrets to yourself.

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Taming the Worry Monster at Practical Parenting

It's natural for children to worry at times, and some may worry more than others.  Some worries are more likely to occur at certain developmental stages or in certain situations.  Learn how to help your child (and when you may need to seek professional guidance) at Practical Parenting: Taming the Worry Monster on Monday, January 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  Our guest speakers will be Sarah Cable and Kathryn Thompson.  Both are advanced graduate students in the UAB Medical/Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program.  You do not have to sign up for this event.  Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to our Youth Program Room.

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Best Books of 2018: Championship Tailgate Party

2-4-6-8! Which books did we think were great? Find out at our Best Books of 2018: Championship Tailgate Party on Tuesday, January 15, 2018 at 4 p.m. Cheer for book talks of our team's favorite titles for kids and teens. Eat terrific tailgating food and win door prizes! (Yes, the prizes are brand new copies of our favorite books!) This event is geared for parents, teachers and fellow librarians, but everyone is welcome. You do not have to register for our tailgate party. Simply follow the stars (and cheers and delicious food smells).

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We will begin posting our Staff Picks 2018 blog series that same week! There will be three posts in the series -- picture books, juvenile & teen fiction, and juvenile & teen nonfiction.

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A Practically Perfect Party

Meet Mary Poppins for a morning of whimsical fun at A Practically Perfect Party on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.  Create chalk art on our indoor side walk, and make a paper kite.  Play Chimney Sweep Hockey: try to sweep great balls of ash back into the fire place, if you can get it past the Chimney Sweep.  Put your moves to the test against our bow-⁠tied penguin friend in a Penguin Dance Off.  Then it's Clean Up Time! Toss toys into Mary Poppins Magic bag as quickly as you can.  Poppins-inspired party snacks will also be served.  You do not have to register to be part of this Jolly Holiday.  Simply follow the stars to Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious fun!

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Crash, Splash or Moo?

Oh, Bob Shea, how we love you here at Hoover Public Library!

Crash, Splash or Moo! by Bob Shea (September 18, 2018)
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"The spirit of Evel Knievel is alive and well in this retro game show, restructured for the storytime set.  A blue monkey, bedecked in a purple suit clearly filched from Willy Wonka’s tailor, invites readers to play a guessing game. Will the daredevils featured in this book crash, splash, or moo in a given situation? The brave souls in question consist of Action Clam (“America’s favorite splashin’, crashin’ stunt clam!”) and an ordinary cow. As for the stunts, they include being shot from a cannon into a glass of water, leaping over 10 school buses on a motorcycle, and one that involves piñatas, a rocket pack, and an enormous tub of butterscotch pudding. It’s clearly written with storytimes in mind, and child readers are encouraged to raise their hands as they vote on what they believe the contestants will do in any given situation. Kids will eat up the humor even as they bask in the knowledge that they’re smarter than their host, Mr. McMonkey. Shea rocks a euphoric chaos, deploying both copious negative space and a pop-art sensibility. And thanks to the visible palette of yellow, red, and blue, this is one read-aloud that will be easy to see across a crowded room.  All the interaction of an Hervé Tullet book, with a flying clam, a hyperactive monkey, and a cow all thrown in for good measure." [from Kirkus Reviews

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Snowy Science in the Homeschool Hub

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!  Okay, I know that isn't a strong likelihood in Alabama.  At least, not literal falling-from-the-sky-snow.  But, if you sign up for our first Homeschool Hub of 2019, you will definitely see some flurries inside Hoover Public Library.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830) to be part of Snowy Science on Wednesday, January 16, 2019 at 2 p.m.  The much-loved Science Lady Jan Mattingly will be here to help you make snowflakes, eat frozen goldfish, and experience other amazing snow experiments. 

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Storytimes in the New Year

Make sure your 2019 starts with storytime!  Our regular offerings will return the week of January 7th!  See our official Jan-Apr 2019 calendar for full descriptions of our storytimes.  It's on page 6.

MONDAY, JANUARY 7
Together with Twos: Tweet Tweet at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration opens 01/01)
Story Lab: Mitten Weather at 4 p.m.

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8
Mother Goose: Winter Animals at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m. (registration opens 01/02)
Early Birds: Toes, Ears and Nose at 10 a.m. (registration opens 01/02)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9
Story Sprouts: Dance Party at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10
ExploraStory: Penguins on Parade at 10:30 a.m.
Sensory Storytime: Hats! at 1:30 p.m.
PJ Storytime: Get Well Soon at 6:30 p.m.

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Fiona the Hippo

Oh, you think it's a bit weird to have a blog about hippos around Christmas?  Need I remind you of the classic holiday hit I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas?  Mr. Justin did an EPIC interpretive dance to it at our Holiday Sing-Along Storytime this year.  Read the books, then watch the video.

Fiona the Hippo by Richard Cowdrey
On January 24, 2017, Fiona the hippo was born at the Cincinnati Zoo, six weeks before her due date.  She weighed only 29 pounds, which is very small for a Nile hippo.  She was too weak to stand and nurse from her mother, so Fiona received around-the-clock attention from the zoo's animal care staff, dubbed "Team Fiona", and even from nurses at Cincinnati Children's Hospital.  The whole world watched as Fiona learned to eat, walk, and swim.  Her challenges were big, but the baby hippo's spunk and incredible will helped her prevail time and again.  Since her birth, millions of people from around the world have been pulling for Fiona to keep fighting.  As she grew stronger so did her social media following.  Fiona became an internet sensation and now even has her own show on Facebook.  Fiona fans have traveled from as far away as Australia, Germany, Brazil, and Japan just to get a glimpse of the fearless and feisty hippopotamus.  Now the star of her own picture book, Fiona takes center stage once again in a whimsical story inspired by her incredible journey.  A heroine for children (and adults!) everywhere, fabulous Fiona will steal readers' hearts and give them the courage to face whatever challenges they might have in their own lives.

Fiona's Feelings by Dr. John Hutton
When the Cincinnati Zoo's baby hippo, Fiona, was born six weeks early, she was too small and weak to stand and nurse from her mother. With help from #TeamFiona, this once-tiny hippo is growing stronger every day. As Fiona explores the world around her, she is at times happy, mad, curious, and playful, as all children can be. Young readers will love exploring Fiona's feelings--and their own--while building important language and social-emotional skills.

Saving Fiona: The Story of the World's Most Famous Baby Hippo by Thane Maynard
On a cold January day in 2017, nearly two months before due date, Nile hippopotamus Bibi gave her keepers at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden a big surprise: a tiny newborn hippo, no bigger than a football. The first premature hippo born and raised in captivity, baby Fiona was an underdog from the start: she couldn't nurse, she couldn't stay hydrated, and she wasn't thriving. But the staff at the zoo knew they could save her. They had to study the makeup of hippo milk for the first time ever and reach out to medical colleagues, including a team at the local children's hospital with superior vein-finding skills, to ensure that Fiona would begin to gain weight and become healthy. She soon became an internet sensation, her pictures and videos garnering thousands and thousands of likes and fans on Instagram and Facebook. Now a Fiona appearance at the Zoo mimics a Beatles concert. But what made this little hippo such a big hit all over the world? And what's in store for her and her family?

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ACT Prep for Struggling Learners

The Teen Spot is hosting four ACT test prep sessions this coming semester. ACT Prep for Struggling Learners is designed for students (grades 9 +) that struggle with testing.  It is a tutoring session, not a practice test taking session, led by women who work with students with dyslexia, Irlen Syndrome, and learning disabilities.  Teens will learn strategies and tips to improve their score and relieve their test taking anxiety.  Space is limited to 10 teens per session.  You must call 444-7826 to reserve your spot.  Here are the upcoming dates and times. 

ACT Prep for Struggling Learners
Monday, January 7, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 12/28/18)
Monday, February 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 01/25/19)
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 02/22/19)
Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6 p.m. (registration begins 03/29/19)

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