What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Mystery Scavenger Hunt Anyone?
If you're keen to solve a mystery (and if you're a first, second, or third grader), I have good news! The Kid Zone is hosting a Mystery Scavenger Hunt on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. Get the clues, find the objects, and you can solve the mystery. Registration is required and begins on Tuesday, February 9. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830). Want to read a good mystery in the meantime? Try one of these!
A to Z Mysteries: The Absent Author by Ron Roy
Ballpark Mysteries: The Fenway Foul-up by David A. Kelly
The Buddy Files: The Case of the Lost Boy by Dori Hillestad Butler
Calendar Mysteries: February Friend by Ron Roy
Cam Jansen and the Mystery of the Stolen Diamonds by David A. Adler
Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective by David Sobol
The Hardy Boys Secret Files #1: Trouble at the Arcade by Franklin W. Dixon
Humpty Dumpty Jr, Hardboiled Detective: The Case of the Fiendish Flapjack Flop by Nate Evans & Paul Hindman
Ivy + Bean Take the Case by Annie Barrows
Judy Moody, Girl Detective by Megan McDonald
The Milo & Jazz Mysteries: The Case of the Stinky Socks by Lewis B. Montgomery
Nancy Clancy, Super Sleuth by Jane O'Connor
Nancy Drew and the Clue Crew: Sleepover Sleuths by Carolyn Keene
The Trouble with Chickens: A J.J. Tully Mystery by Doreen Cronin
Make Some Tarts with the Queen of Hearts
Our popular Kidz Kitchen program is getting a Valentine/Wonderland makeover this month. Make some tarts for your sweethearts with the Queen of Hearts on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. You'll also whip up mini parfaits, assemble a treat bag, and make a flamingo craft. And the Queen of Hearts will be passing out heart lollipops (when she isn't shouting "Off with their heads!). You do not have to RSVP for this holiday event. Simply follow the stars to delicious fun.
Want to read or watch Alice in Wonderland? The DVDs can be found in the Kid Zone's entertainment movies under the letter A. The books were written by Lewis Carroll, so they are shelved under J CAR.
Seventh Son: When Darkness Falls, The Son Will Rise
I don't do scary books . . . or audiobooks . . . or movies. But even I am interested in seeing Seventh Son this weekend. The release date was pushed back (or is that forward?) several times, but the long wait is finally over. The movie stars Ben Barnes, Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Djimon Hounsou and Kit Harrington. It is based on the first two books in the bestselling The Last Apprentice series by Joseph Delaney -- Revenge of the Witch and Curse of the Bane. In a time of enchantments when legends and magic collide, the sole remaining warrior of a mystical order travels to find a prophesized hero born with incredible powers, the last Seventh Son. Torn from his quiet life as a farmhand, the unlikely young hero embarks on a daring adventure with his battle-hardened mentor to vanquish a dark queen and the army of supernatural assassins she has dispatched against their kingdom. Fantasy fans rejoice!
Who Lives in a Pineapple Under the Sea?
Who's now in a movie as well as TV?
The Spongebob Movie: Sponge Out of Water hits the big screen today, February 6, 2015. What makes the movie different? Our favorite sea dwelling invertebrate (and his buddies) come ashore to our world! It's a mix of live-action laughs and cartoon craziness that is sure to entertain the entire family. The Hoover Public Library has lots of books and DVDs for young Squarepants enthusiasts. The books are written by many people, so you can find all the titles under SPO. The DVDs can be found under the letter S.
Review: Tinseltown: Murder, Morphine, and Madness at the Dawn of Hollywood
Written in a film noir style William J. Mann delivers a fascinating tale of murder, sex, and young Hollywood. Three film actress, one director, and more than four conspiracies about the why of his death. Mann’s research into this almost 100 year old murder is solid but the best part of the book is the writing style. Mann uses words to give the correct ambiance to the story. They are not movies but pictures, it is not a clue but a clew, and dozens of other little touches to give this book the feel of the twenties. Mann builds the story from the past of all the people involved then the night of the murder then moving into the slow future. He gives the reader perspective on both the murdered and those around him. This is an intellectual true crime noir that will move you.
Review: Village of Secrets: Defying the Nazis in Vichy France
In Le Chambon-sur-Lignon in the province of Auvergne France has a secret. It is a quiet place with people who value silence in good deeds and for life in general. The secret is that during the Second World War the people there hid at lead 883 Jews and other people wanted by the Nazis and the Vichy government. Caroline Moorehead is a World War II researcher and author with many other books under her belt before she began researching this quiet story. She gets interviews with people who live in the area and lived through the war. She has access to archives, letters, newspaper articles, and diaries for her resources. The story is very moving and uplifting. The people in Chambon-sur-Lignon did what they believed to be morally right and refused to compromise. They are a bright light in war darkened France.
Review: Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War
This is a smart, fun, interesting, and touching history book. It is about four women in the Civil War on both sides of the war. Two women from the Union and two from Confederacy are the leads. Karen Abbott gives the reader full background information about the four women and she gives what happened to them after the war. The story Abbott tells is almost unbelievable. These four women from very different backgrounds get involved in every aspect of the war. They spy, lie, cheat, and seduce all the information they need from the men around them. But the women are also understandable. They are doing what they believe to be best for their nations. They believe in a greater good and are willing to sacrifice for it. Abbott does great research with full notes at the end of the text. This is an excellent history book about a part of women’s history that has not been explored enough.
No Jacket Required – Read Local, January 2015
The library’s nonfiction genre group - No Jacket Required - discussed local books this January. Everyone present enjoyed a great discussion on Birmingham and Alabama writers and subjects. Here are this month's suggestions:
Muscle Shoals Sound Studio by Carla Jean Whitley
Twice Blessed by Kathryn Tucker Windham
She by Kathryn Tucker Windham
Where the Birds Never Sing by Jack Sacco
Guests Behind the Barbed Wire by Ruth Beaumont Cook
The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg
Satan is Real by Charlie Louvin
Bob Moody’s Birmingham: A City in Watercolor by Bob Moody
Dead Towns of Alabama by W. Stuart Harris
Women of Fairhope by Paul M. Gaston
Carry Me Home by Diane McWhorter
1942 by Winston Groom
Lovesick Blues: The Life of Hank Williams by Paul Hemphill
Our next session will be held on Wednesday, February 18 at 9:30 a.m. Please join us for a discussion of Stories About Books - books where the power of reading, writing and literature takes center stage.
Did You Say Pinterest Party?
Why, yes, I did. The Teen Spot is hosting a Pinterest Party for grades 7-12 on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. You'll be making fun crafts -- Pom-Pom Letters, Paperclip Button Bookmarks and Metal Washer Jewelry -- as seen on Pinterest. Registration is required. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7826).
The Sounds of Fun
Dreary weather keeping the kids indoors? Looking for a way for them to blow off some steam . . . without destroying your house? Check out some of these movement CDs from the Kid Zone at Hoover Public Library.