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7 Things You Need to Know About Insatiable Readers
The first rule of Book Club is: you DO NOT talk about Book Club. The second rule of Book Club is: you ignore the first rule and definitely tell all of your friends about Book Club! The book club in question is known as Insatiable Readers and is less like a traditional book club, and more like a bookish social club. I talked with book group leader Pam to get the inside scoop on the library’s newest group and here is what you need to know:
There’s no homework!
That’s right! A book club where you don’t have a required reading for each session! Insatiable Readers aim is to introduce and discuss a wide variety of new nonfiction books during each session. Didn’t read any books worth talking about lately? Great! Pam has done the hard part for you and prepares for each meeting with a cart full of great book recommendations on the day’s topic. You've read an awesome book that you can’t wait to tell everyone about? Also great! Pam emphasized that, due to the social nature of the club, it's not uncommon for the group conversation to go off on wild tangents and talk about books from all topics and genres.
A great way to be informed.
Everyone has that one well-read friend who knows a little bit about everything and after a few sessions with Insatiable Readers, that friend can be you! Monthly topics vary and have ranged from “Celebrating Women’s History” to “Armchair Travel.” Come get informed with us and maybe even find your new favorite book!
There’s free coffee!
That should be enough said, but in case you’re like me and need a little more convincing, the club coffee provided is no run-of-the-mill coffee, but instead an artfully crafted brew from the amazing team at East 59 Vintage and Cafe!
Nonfiction is fun!
Though sometimes associated with history books, our Nonfiction Department has way more to offer than you think! Pam does a great job of including books that appeal to people of all ages from all walks of life! Some recently discussed titles include bestsellers like Amy Schumer’s The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo and Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures. There is something for everyone!
You don’t have to host!
When you tell your family that you're joining, they can breathe easy. Unlike a traditional book club, Insatiable Readers is hosted at the Library Plaza every month. Having a set venue means that there is no lingering dread of inevitably having to host at your house… those dust bunnies under your couch can live to fight another day.
No strings attached.
There are no sign-ups or fees associated with attending this club! Whether you are a first-timer or a book club regular, all are welcome to join in on the great conversations.
Last but not least...
Did I mention there is free coffee?
We would love to have you join us! Insatiable Readers meets one Saturday every month at 10:30 am in the Reading Room of the Library Plaza. For more information, please call (205) 444-7840.
The World of Greg Pizzoli
Greg Pizzoli is one of my favorites. That's why I was tickled pink to see that there is an educator's guide that encompasses four of his picture books, including his latest award winner. There are pre-reading questions, classroom extension activities, journaling prompts, plus an interview with Greg. Check out the books from the library, download the guide, and share the world of Greg Pizzoli!
Best STEM Books
The National Science Teachers Association and the Children's Book Council have worked together to select the best STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) books of the year. The 2017 list is the debut list. Choose absolutely any one. You can't make a bad choice.
- Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine by Laurie Wallmark
- Ada's Ideas by Fiona Robinson
- Ada Lovelace, Poet of Science by Diane Stanley
- Ben Franklin's Big Splash by Barb Rosenstock
- Breakthrough by Jack Andraka
- Fearless Flyer by Heather Lang
- A Global Warming Primer by Jeffrey Bennet
- Green City by Alan Drummond
- Hello Ruby by Linda Liukas
- Inventions That Could Have Changed the World . . . But Didn't by Joe Rhatigan
- The Inventor's Secret by Suzanne Slade
- The Marvelous Thing That Came from a Spring by Gilbert Ford
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- The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
- Red Madness by Gail Jarrow
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- Sabotage by Neal Bascomb
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- The Secret Subway by Shana Corey
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- Six Dots by Jen Bryant
- Solving the Puzzle Under the Sea by Robert Burleigh
- Steve Jobs by Jessie Hartland
- Super Gear by Jennifer Swanson
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- Swap! by Steve Light
- Ticktock Banneker's Clock by Shana Keller
- Trailblazers by Rachel Swaby
- Wangari Maathai by Franck Prévot
- Welcome to Mars by Buzz Aldrin with Marianne J. Dyson
- What Does It Mean to Be an Entrepreneur? by Rana DiOrio & Emma D. Dryden
- Whoosh! by Chris Barton
- Women of Steel and Stone by Anna M. Lewis
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- Women Who Launched the Computer Age by Laurie Calhoven
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Youth Art Month 2017
March is Youth Art Month! All month long you can feast your eyes on art created by students from Hoover City Schools. Trace Crossings Elementary is highlighted in our Children's Art Gallery along the starred hallway in the Kid Zone. All of our middle schools have artists featured in the library's main hallway, and both of our high schools have artists' work in the Plaza gallery. You can also view the artwork in our online gallery. There will be a Young Artist Reception on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3 p.m. on the Plaza. The reception honors all the featured artists and is open to the public. Prove that this year's Youth Art Month Theme, United Through Art, is true! No RSVP required.
Junk Food Smorgasbord
This month's Tween Scene is junk . . . but that's a good thing. We're going to be taste testing popular brands of foods at our Junk Food Smorgasbord on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 4 p.m. Can you tell the difference between Pepsi and Coke? Name brand cereal vs generic? We'll have 6 or 7 different tasting challenges. The smorgasbord is for students ages 10-14. Register online or by phone (444-7830).
DON'T FORGET TO WEAR YOUR GREEN! It will be St. Patrick's Day, you know.
Tale as Old as Time
I think it's safe to say this is the most highly anticipated movie release this spring. The live-action retelling of Disney's Beauty and the Beast hits theaters on March 17, 2017. It features an all-star cast, all of the original beloved songs plus new music. I know . . . it's hard to wait. But I have good news, impatient one! The Kid Zone is throwing an epic Beauty and the Beast party on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. What can you expect in Beast's Enchanted Castle? You'll meet Belle and the Beast, of course! Have your picture made with the pair then decorate a frame for your picture. Lumiere and Cogsworth will also be in attendance as you create your own enchanted mirror, compete in the teacup stack challenge, and attempt to blow out Lumiere's flames. Royal snacks will be provided. You do not have to register to Be Our Guest. Just follow the stars.
Did You Say Pi?
Pi Day is an annual celebration of the mathematical concept pi, the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter. It always occurs on March 14 (3/14) because the first three digits of pi are 3.14. Come and discover the mysteries of Pi and Pie as we merge math with dessert at our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event on Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at 4 p.m. We'll eat pie . . . of course. We'll make a paper chain representing pi - using a different color for each number. How far can we go? We'll also make a pi bracelet, going to whatever digit makes a good bracelet length. And can we use our bodies to create the symbol for pi? We are sure gonna try! And that is just the beginning! This event is open to kids ages 5-11. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
March is National Craft Month
March is National Craft Month and because of this fact, this blog post is dedicated to crafts. This post will briefly describe three recent craft books that the Hoover Public Library currently have on their shelf.
Garden Made by Stephanie Rose is a fascinating book to read. It gives the reader different craft ideas that would make any garden look good. The author breaks down the projects into the four seasons. My favorite design out of the book is the one the author calls “Strawberries in the Sky”. The author details why she came up with this design, but the meaning behind the name becomes apparent very quickly. Instead of the strawberries growing on the ground, the author grows them in the air from baskets.
This next book is for dog owners. Sweaters for Dogs by Debbie Humphreys is a great book for pet owners who love to dress their pets up. In my opinion, some of the designs could be used for cats, too. You would only have to scale down everything. Throughout the book the author uses the same style of writing. She first introduces the pet with the clothes on, and gives the dog’s name, character, happy moments, what they will do stuff for, hobbies, and favorite treat. The author walks through the instructions for the design including the material for each pattern and dog, by giving the material you need, from the yarn to the gauge. My favorite dog in this book is Nelly.
The last book is for people who like to decorate, and when I say decorate, I mean anything from a little girl’s room to a baby shower. Paper Pom-Poms by Paula Pascual does not just have pom-poms in it, it has everything. The author gives twenty different paper designs that you can use, each for something different or with multiple purposes. The author provides the templates for the designs at the back of the book, making it easy for the reader to make copies, without having to damage the book. My favorite project in this book is "Butterfly". This design would make any little girls day.
- Ashley E.
This Spud Is No Dud
When I was a kid, I loved Mr. Potato Head. I never had my own changeable plastic spud, but I loved playing with the ones my friends had. And when Toy Story came out? Well, Mr. Potato Head definitely stole the show. My dad still quotes him! I'm excited to spread the word that our next Crafty Characters event is this Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. And Mr. Potato Head is the star! He'll help you make wearable Potato Heads, then lead you in a potato parade. He'll teach you the art of fusion bead fridge magnets and inspire cookie Potato Head creations. You do not have to sign up to be part of the spudtastic fun! Simply follow the stars.
I absolutely adore the new Science Comics series! Each one is created by a different comic book author/illustrator, so there's a variety of graphic styling. The level of humor and scientific fact remains the same. Every volume offers a complete introduction to a particular topic. The first book, Dinosaurs: Fossils and Feathers (2016), was created by MK Reed and Joe Flood. The second book, Coral Reefs: Cities of the Oceans (2016), is the work of Maris Wicks. The third book, Volcanoes: Fire and Life (2016), was brought to life by Jon Chad. The fourth book?
Bats: Learning to Fly by Falynn Koch (2017)
Follow a little brown bat whose wing is injured by humans. Taken to a bat rehabilitation center, he learns from other bats how to eat and fly and where to live. Includes instructions to install bat boxes.