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Official Lost and Found Day

The second Friday of every December is Official Lost and Found Day.  So, this year, it falls on December 8.  And there just happen to be three recent releases that are a perfect match.

Did You Take the B  from my _ook? by Beck & Matt Stanton
E  STA  NEW BOOK
Did You Take the B from My _ook? is missing one very important letter due to one very powerful sneeze! Now, the _eetle wearing _lue _oots is _ouncing on the _ed instead of wearing blue boots and bouncing on the bed...and it just gets sillier from there!

Lost and Found, What's That Sound? by Jonathan & Victoria Ying
E  YIN  NEW BOOK
"Welcome to the Lost and Found, where we find items by their sound!"
It's a busy day at Rabbit's Lost and Found. Poor Squirrel has lost his drum, Elephant has lost her piano, and Bat has lost his entire band! Will Rabbit find their lost instruments before show-time?

The Lost Property Office by James R. Hannibal
J  HAN
Thirteen-year-old Jack Buckles is great at finding things. Not just a missing glove or the other sock, but things normal people have long given up on ever seeing again. If only he could find his father, who has disappeared in London without a trace.
But Jack’s father was not who he claimed to be. It turns out that he was a member of a secret society of detectives that has served the crown for centuries—and membership into the Lost Property Office is Jack’s inheritance.
Now the only way Jack will ever see his father again is if he finds what the nefarious Clockmaker is after: the Ember, which holds a secret that has been kept since the Great Fire of London. Will Jack be able to find the Ember and save his father, or will his talent for finding things fall short?

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New Teen Lit for the Holiday Season

The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand
YA  HAN  NEW BOOK
On Christmas Eve five years ago, seventeen-year-old Holly Chase was visited by three Ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried to convince her to mend her ways. She didn’t. And then she died.  Now she’s stuck working for the top-secret company Project Scrooge—as their latest Ghost of Christmas Past. So far, Holly’s afterlife has been miserable. But this year’s Scrooge is different. This year’s Scrooge might change everything.

My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff
YA  PET
Charlotte “Charlie” Donovan knows exactly what she wants for Christmas: Teo Ortiz. He’s a star athlete, a National Honor Society member, and the most popular guy in school. Plus he contributes to the school paper, where Charlie is a co-editor. Basically, he's exactly the type of guy Charlie’s looking for. The only problem is―he barely knows she exists.  But Charlie has a plan: rig the paper’s Secret Santa and win his heart with the perfect gift. The catch? She has no idea what to get him. Enter J.D. Ortiz–Teo’s cousin, and possibly the most annoying person on the planet. He’s easy going, laid back, disorganized, and spontaneous―the exact opposite of Charlie (and Teo). But he knows what Teo wants, so she’s stuck with him.  Yet, the more time Charlie spends with J.D., the more she starts to wonder: Does she really know what, or rather who, she wants for Christmas?

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New Kid Lit for the Holiday Season

The 12 Dares of Christa by Marissa Burt
J  BUR  NEW BOOK
Christa is a holiday junkie. What’s not to love? There’s decorations! Gifts! Caroling with friends! But thanks to her parents’ recent separation, Christa’s favorite time of year is now filled with heartache. And when her mom announces that she’s taking her on a mother-daughter trip to Europe over winter vacation, Christa knows she should be excited. She just can’t imagine spending the yuletide season without her dad.  However, waiting at her hotel in Italy is a special package from her father: the first of twelve dares that take Christa to landmarks in three beautiful countries and introduce her to people who will show her that hope is alive in the strangest of places. 

The Girl Who Saved Christmas by Matt Haig
J  HAI  NEW BOOK
Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.  When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. It’s not long before her hope begins to drain away.
Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again.

Silent (But Deadly) Night by Jo Nesbø
J  NEW  NEW BOOK
When the king of Norway sells the rights to Christmas to Mr. Thrane, it looks like the holidays aren’t going to be very merry. Mr. Thrane says that the only people who can celebrate are those who buy 10,000 crowns worth of presents from his department store. For anyone who doesn’t—or can’t—spend that much, it’s no tree, no presents, no carols, and no Christmas pudding.  Dr. Proctor, Nilly, and Lisa aren’t going to take this sitting down! They’re going to find Santa and save Christmas. All they need is a sleigh, flying reindeer, some time travel soap, and, of course, some fart powder!

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Raging Readers Is the Bomb

Our teen book club really likes to read a wide variety of books.  They started with a dystopian novel, then picked one firmly rooted in the realism of middle school.  And what have they decided to read next?  They chose an award-winning narrative nonfiction about the development of the atomic bomb.  Raging Readers will meet Monday, December 18, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. to discuss Bomb: The Race to Build -- and Steal -- the World's Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin.  Anna Beth would love to have even more teens be part of the group, so read it.  Love it.  Then talk it out with fellow readers.

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Picture This: New Christmas Picture Books

During a recent visit to Deer Valley Elementary, a Kindergarten teacher asked me if our library website would have a list of new Christmas picture books.  I decided then and there that the answer would be yes.  And this blog is that yes.

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Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

You better watch out.  You better not cry.
Better not pout, I'm telling you why.
Santa Claus is comin' to town.

Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town . . . specifically to the Plaza at Hoover Public Library . . . on Saturday, December 9, 2017! He'll be available for official pictures (and a holiday happy) beginning at 10 a.m.  At 12 noon he will have to return to his workshop. Mrs. Claus and a handful of his elves will also be part of the festivities.  And kids will have a chance to decorate and eat a Christmas cookie.

The Library Plaza is easy to find.  When you enter the building, take the hall on the left.  About halfway down the hall, take a right.  You should see two brown pillars beneath a large sign saying The Plaza.  Santa will be in position on the Plaza stage.  The cookie decorating area will be set up in the Newstand.

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Comforting Reads for Difficult Times

Comforting Reads for Difficult Times
This booklist was created by the Assocation for Library Service to Children (ALSC).  It covers many important topics -- addiction, adoption, body image, bullying, depression, divorce, grief, home situation change, illness, immigration, kindness, natural disaster, resilience, and war.  The books are meant to be shared with children, and each title includes the target age.  The end of the list features journal articles and websites for adults to access, to help them talk to children about these sensitive subjects.  All of these titles are available at Hoover Library and throughout Jefferson County.

Why am I sharing this list now?  The holiday season can be an especially difficult time for individuals who are in the midst of any of these situations.  Maybe these books can offer them a bit of peace.

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It's Not About the Broccoli

It’s Not About the Broccoli addresses something every parent has to deal with multiple times a day when your child asks for food. Parents are often inundated with how to books and instructional videos on parenting issues, and food tends to be a top contender among them. It’s Not About the Broccoli gives parents simple structural guides to help children develop healthy eating habits. This book is not about sneaking healthy foods into your kid’s diet or tricking them into liking veggies. Dina Rose is all about communicating with your kids, teaching them how to taste food (and not to immediately reject it!) and strives to take the stress out of mealtime.

What I find so comforting about this guide is the information seems so achievable and answers every worry you have about your child’s nutrition. And the author assures the reader that it does not matter at what age you start this, teenage or toddler it’s all about taking small steps and being consistent. Dina Rose wants to help your child eat better, and help you put variety, proportion and moderation into practice. Food is such an important aspect of our lives, let this guide equip your family to have healthy, long lasting habits.

 

If this book inspires you try some interesting new meals then check out these titles!

  • Weelicious lunches: Think Outside the Lunch Box with More Than 160 Happier Meals 641.532 MCC
  • 100 days of Real Food: Fast & Fabulous: The Easy and Delicious Way to Cut Out Processed Food 641.563 LEA
  • The Family Cooks: The 100+ Recipes to Get Your Family Craving Food that’s Simple, Tasty, and Incredibly Good for You 641.563 DAV
  • Best lunch box ever: Ideas and Recipes for School Lunches Kids Will Love 641.532 MOR
  • The Busy Mom’s Cookbook: 100 recipes for quick, delicious home-cooked meals  641.555 LOF

-Stephanie

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Modern Women

The book Modern Women by Kira Cochrane is a small book that could be easily over-looked. The cover, featuring photos of several women, draws you in. The women are all very different but they all have two things in common, they are all women and are they paved the way for others.

Cochrane covers 52 women who were pioneers in their field. Even though the book is titled Modern Women, many women from the distant past are also featured. The book go as far back as 1593, with the birth of Artemisia Gentileschi, an artist. Cochrane cover women from all over the world, from the United States to India. In each section of the book, the woman’s name is given, a picture of the woman, what the woman is known for, and then, for about two to three pages, the woman’s story is told. The stories are filled with quotes from the women themselves and quotes from others about the women. The book is 230 pages long, not including the index.

-Ashley E.

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Hearing wedding bells?

Are you getting married? Do you know someone engaged and getting married soon? If you answered yes then you need to come check out our wedding section in Nonfiction! We have plenty of resources for planning every detail, budgeting, finding the right flowers, cake or dress for your wedding. Take a look at some our new wedding books!

The Modern Wedding: From Graphics to Styling. This book is a great selection if you’re looking to flip through and try to get a sense of your personal style.

The Knot: Outdoor Weddings brings a beautiful collection of outdoor weddings together, and has a variety of themes to explore, from desert to Rocky mountain weddings. This book is brought to you by the editors of the Knot website, a long-lived wedding planning resource.

The last book is here to serve as your comic relief, and maybe to even help you plan a wedding along the way. Weddiculous is written by Jamie Lee, a stand-up comedian and serves as your hilarious guide on how to get through your wedding. She offers practical advice, stories from her own experience and clues you in on how she would have done things differently. If you want to laugh, get some candid advice and read something very different from your typical wedding guide you need to pick up Weddiculous.

Stop by Nonfiction to browse through our wedding books and magazines to find exactly what you need.

-Stephanie

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