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National Book Award 2016 -- Young People's Literature

WINNER!
March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin & Nate Powell

FINALISTS:
Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo
When the Sea Turned to Silver by Grace Lin
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

LONGLIST:
Booked by Kwame Alexander
When the Moon Was Ours by Anna-⁠Marie McLemore
Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina
Pax by Sara Pennypacker & Jon Klassen
Sachiko: A Nagasaki Bomb Survivor’s Story by Caren Stelson

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

THE MOVIE
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them hits the big screen on November 18, 2016.  It will be showing on multiple screens at both the Patton Creek Carmike and the Lee Branch Carmike.  If you're a teen (grades 7-12), you could see it for FREE with the help of Hoover Public Library!  We're taking a lucky group of teens to see it on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 4 p.m.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826) today!

THE SCREENPLAY
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay will be available for checkout beginning November 19, 2016.  This marks the screenwriting debut of J.K. Rowling, author of the beloved and internationally bestselling Harry Potter books.  Place your hold today!

THE BOOK THAT STARTED IT ALL
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them was one of the text books that Harry Potter used in his first year at Hogwarts.  The book was published for Muggles in 2001.  It is currently unavailable for purchase, so our library only has one copy that is circulating.  They plan to publish a new edition in March 2017.  Will we buy lots?  Of course.

 

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Devlin Quick Mysteries

Do you recognize the lion statue on the cover of this book?  Yep, it's one of the guardians of the Beaux-Arts building at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street in Manhattan.  Patience and Fortitude have guarded that branch of the New York Public Library since 1911.  And now one of them (which one is pictured?) is standing guard on the cover of the first book in a new series -- The Devlin Quick Mysteries.

Into the Lion's Den by Linda Fairstein 
Someone has stolen a page from a rare book in the New York Public Library. At least, that’s what Devlin’s friend Liza thinks she’s seen, but she can’t be sure. Any other kid might not see a crime here, but Devlin Quick is courageous and confident, and she knows she has to bring this man to justice—even if it means breathlessly racing around the city to collect evidence. But who is this thief? And what could the page—an old map—possibly lead to? With her wits, persistence, and the help of New York City’s finest (and, okay, a little bit of help from her police commissioner mother, too), Dev and her friends piece the clues together to uncover a mystery that’s bigger than anyone expected—and more fun, too.

BONUS!
The author is also an internationally famous crime writer for adults.  Her new series for young readers is
 inspired in part by her childhood reading of the Nancy Drew mysteries.

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Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day

Yesterday, November 14, 2016 was Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day.  But we can't limit that great idea to a single day!  Embrace the philosophy every day.  You'll be glad you did.  You'll also be glad if you read this new picture book.  It's a perfect match for Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day!

Giraffes Ruin Everything by Heidi Schulz
E  SCH  NEW BOOK

In case you were wondering, here's an incomplete list of things giraffes ruin: birthday parties, going to the movies,  playing at the park, Hide and Seek, everything else.  Yes, that's right.  Giraffes ruin everything. A boy just can’t shake a pesky giraffe that is always in the way. “A giraffe will eat the ice cream right off your cone from half a block away,” the boy notes as the giraffe uses its neck to be as intrusive as possible. “A giraffe will win at hide and seek,” he continues, startled out of a nap by the grinning animal. “Even if you are not playing.” But when the boy is himself accused of ruining everything and the giraffe bails him out, he discovers a new reserve of empathy. In an age where hurling accusations about someone else’s shortcomings has become something of a social norm, this is a gentle but firm reminder that patience and understanding have their rewards. Robertson’s easygoing cartooning, with its hints of 1960s-style animation, makes it an easy lesson to learn.

BONUS!
Take a peek at some of the author's favorite picture books.  Many of them are also a good fit for Loosen Up, Lighten Up Day.

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International Games Day @ Your Library

Saturday, November 19, 2016 is International Games Day @ Your Library.  This is a gaming movement celebrated around the world.  It is also a "thing" at Hoover Public Library!  On November 19th, we are open from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.  Stop by anytime to play games with your family!  We will have traditional board games set up on tables throughout the Kid Zone.  We will also have life-size games set up in our Youth Programming Room at the end of the starred hallway.  You can play GIANT versions of Hungry Hungry Hippo, Connect 4, and Operation.

Our adult department is also hosting an International Games Day @ Your Library event on The Plaza.  You can play games, watch game demos, and win door prizes!

 

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LEGO Your Library

Registration is open for our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event.  What letter will we be focusing on?  M . . . for Math.  What will we be doing?  We will LEGO Your Library on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 4 p.m.  Kids ages 7-11 will use their measurement skills to recreate the Kid Zone of Hoover Library using LEGO bricks.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).  You know you want to.  It's the perfect mix of learning and fun!

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Perfect Pair #28

The rhythm is going to get you with this month's perfect pair.

  • I Am Drums by Mike Grosso (2016)
    J  GRO  NEW BOOK
    Sam knows she wants to be a drummer. But she doesn’t know how to afford a drum kit, or why budget cuts end her school’s music program, or why her parents argue so much, or even how to explain her dream to other people. But drums sound all the time in Sam’s head, and she’d do just about anything to play them out loud—even lie to her family if she has to. Will the cost of chasing her dream be too high?
  • Are the Drums for You? by Elaine Landau (2011)
    J  786.9  LAN
    This book covers drums and percussion basics and features quotations from professional musicians. There's also a quiz to help readers discover if these instruments are a good fit with their interests.
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Around America to Win the Vote

It's Election Day 2016!  The polls are packed, and everyone is anxiously awaiting the results.  What we need is a distraction.  And the best distraction is, of course, a book!

Around America to Win the Vote: Two Suffragists, a Kitten and 10,000 Miles by Mara Rockliff & Hadley Hooper
E  ROC  NEW BOOK
Rockliff introduces Nell Richardson and Alice Burke, whose five-month, 10,000-mile crusade for women’s voting rights drew crowds and made colorful newspaper copy in 1916. Toting a kitten, a “teeny-tiny typewriter” and “an itsy-bitsy sewing machine”—the better to demonstrate, during speeches, women’s many skills—the women depart New York City in a yellow Saxon runabout. They journey south, then west, across Texas to California, returning through northern border states. (A simple double-page map charts the route.) The spry narrative focuses mainly on the outward-bound segments, as Nell and Alice weather an East Coast blizzard, address curious crowds, join a circus parade in Georgia, and attend genteel socials. Rockliff knits from a skein of exciting cross-country events, all drawn from contemporary newspaper accounts. “They dodged bullets at the Mexican border… / drove on through the desert… / and got lost for days… / till, finally, they reached… // CALIFORNIA!” Hooper’s sunny full-page and spot pictures combine pencil and printmaking in digital layers that evoke the off-register color separations of mid-20th-century children’s illustrations. Most faces, features penciled in, are left as white as the background paper, with occasional pink or tan accents for cheeks and noses. Diversity is expressed in crowd scenes and on a New Orleans veranda, with a few faces tinted tan or brown. A lively look at the ingenuity of women suffragists near the end of their long road to the vote. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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Young Readers Week 2016

Since 1989, National Young Readers Week has been an annual event held during the second week of November to raise awareness around the importance of reading. The event was co-founded by Pizza Hut and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.  This year, the official dates are November 7-11, 2016.  Fill those days with amazing children's books.  Want them to be books about books?  These are a few of my favorite new titles that do just that.

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers
E  JEF  NEW BOOK
A little girl sails her raft across a sea of words, arriving at the house of a small boy and calling him away on an adventure. Through forests of fairy tales and across mountains of make-believe, the two travel together on a fantastical journey that unlocks the boy’s imagination. Now a lifetime of magic and adventure lies ahead of him . . . but who will be next?  This is a stunning prose poem on the rewards of reading and sharing stories—an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that readers will want to pass on to others.

How This Book Was Made by Mac Barnett & Adam Rex
E  BAR  NEW BOOK
You may think you know how this book was made, but you don't. Sure, the author wrote many drafts, and the illustrator took a long time creating the art, but then what? How'd it get into your hands? Well, open the cover and read through these pages to find out. Just beware of the pirates and angry tiger.

I Am a Story by Dan Yaccarino
E  YAC  NEW BOOK
From cave drawings to the invention of the printing press to our digital age, discover how a story has been told in many different ways from the past to today. It's always been around, making us happy, sad, excited, or scared and bringing people together.

Make Way for Readers by Judy Sierra & G. Brian Karas
E  SIE  NEW BOOK
In Miss Bingo’s classroom there’s always time to tell a story! Here are Jiro and Annabelle, Rufus and Rory. They’re here to have fun with amazing Miss Bingo, the storytime rhymer, the singing flamingo. She tells them of kittens, and mittens, and mice, Miss Muffet, her tuffet, and sugar, and spice. 

Mom, Dad, Our Books, and Me by Danielle Marcotte
E  MAR  NEW BOOK
Follow a young boy and those around him — parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles, and neighbors — as they all read, immersed in what moves them.

This Is My Book! by Mark Pett (and no one else) 
E  PET  NEW BOOK
What happens when a writer learns that he doesn’t quite have as much control over his book as he thinks? When Mark Pett’s characters, led by a panda bear named Spike, take over his book and begin telling a story of their own, pandemonium ensues! Who’s really in charge of this book?

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Dinovember!

Dinosaurs and November just seem to go together.  Mainly because you can kinda smoosh the words Dino and November together into one super awesome word. Hence, Dinovember!  That's the name of our program on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  All dino enthusiasts will get to pick a dinosaur mask and ride a dinosaur (or at least an inflated bouncy version of one) through prehistoric terrain. They'll make a dino necklace and design a colorful dinosaur.   Better still, they'll dance with a real T-⁠Rex and pose for pictures at the T-⁠Rex Tea Party.  And, since dinosaurs are really ancient history, young paleontologists-in-training will practice their skills and excavate a dino fossil to put in their home-museum.  Snacks for both carnivores and herbivores will be served.

BONUS!
Continue the Dinovember fun all month long by checking out some of our dinosaur books.  Simply look for Dewey Decimal number 567.9.

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