Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
A.B.C. #8: Scientist Scramble
Many of our summer reading lists included books about famous scientists. Even if you didn't get to read every single one of them, you should be able to recognize them from this list. Oh wait, that's right. I mixed up the letters in their names. Can you reorganize our Scientist Scramble? Click on the blue question marks to see if you're right. (Helpful hint: I have capitalized the first letter for each name.)
Book Review: Rebbe by Joseph Telushkin
Rebbe: The Life and Teachings of Menachem M. Schneerson, the Most Influential Rabbi in Modern History by Joseph Telushkin is a moving and hope-filled book about a man who had seen the worst that humanity can do but still believed in our best traits. Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, "the Rebbe", was quite a man. He was educated at European universities before World War II, he experienced losses because of the war, he believed in love for all Jews but to start with your neighbor and so much more. One thing readers will really enjoy about this book is that Telushkin does not hold anything back from the reader. We see the Rebbe from many different sides. There are personal letters, diary entries, sermons, and newspaper articles; and not just what the Rebbe wrote about himself but what was written about him. At the end of the book there is a very helpful timeline of the Rebbe’s life from birth to death with what he was doing in each year. It helps to place everything in the book in context. Request it today from the Hoover Public Library.
Review: John Quincy Adams by Fred Kaplan
John Quincy Adams: American Visionary by Fred Kaplan is an intense and extensive biography. The book is 672 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. Much of Kaplan’s resources are letters and diary entries from Adams himself so the reader feels that they have a good idea about who the man really was. Kaplan’s writing style is readable but his treatment of the subject is very thorough. Kaplan gives a full account of Adams life from birth to death. Kaplan walks the reader from the hopes and dreams that Adams' parents had for him to the handling of his final affairs. In addition to the diary entries, Kaplan provides essays and poetry written by Adams. These touches give this biography something very special and genuine.
The Sounds of Learning
I am really trying to push our Kid Zone music CD collection. Because it is extensive . . . and awesome . . . and underutilized. I already did a blog post about our science-themed CDs this summer. This month I thought I'd continue the learning theme and highlight some of our educational CDs. They are easy to find. We have a section labeled EDUCATIONAL. Use music to teach your children (or students) about the arts, grammar, history, and more! Here are just a few examples of what's available here at Hoover Public Library.
- Alphabet Songs Vol. 1
- The Blankies Learn!
- Blends and Digraphs
- Character Development Songs for Kids
- The Days Gone By: Songs of the American Poets
- Funky Phonics Vol. 1
- Math Jam 2
- Multiplication by Teacher and the Rockbots
- People Rock Vol. 1: Awesome Artists
- Signing Time Songs Vol. 7-9
- Songs About America: Celebrating America's History
- Superheroes of Knowledge
- Wake Up Clarinet
Get Reacquainted with Book Report
School is back in session! And Book Report, Hoover Public Library's teacher newsletter for grades K-6, is back for its second year. This two-page publication will be posted in the Kid Zone downloads section each month, August 2014 to May 2015. Here's a quick breakdown of what Book Report has to offer educators.
- The Blog Log -- Heads up on some of the daily blog posts on our website
- Untangle the Web -- One or two educational websites featured per month
- Read-Aloud Roundup -- One picture book and one chapter book featured per month
- More Than Common Core -- Two nonfiction titles/series featured per month
- Read This, Not That -- Read-alike list for popular book series
- Review the New -- One book review of favorite new title per month
- APProved -- One or two educational apps per month
- Follow the Stars -- Upcoming library events for grades K-6
- Bonus Round -- Random things you need to know
The August 2014 issue is already available. Take a look and let us know what you think.
* Helpful Hint *
Book Report is a PDF document with web links embedded throughout. They lead directly to educational websites, book trailers, and more. So move your mouse to the colored and underlined text and get clicking!