What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Read.Write.Draw. with Raschka.Murphy.Law
Read.Write.Draw. is our book festival for kids, teens and the young at heart. This year's showcase will take place on Saturday, July 9, 2016. Mark your calendars NOW, so you don't miss this amazing opportunity to see Chris Raschka, Ingrid Law, and Julie Murphy!
- Chris Raschka at 10:30 a.m.
Chris Raschka is a multi-award-winning author/illustrator of over 30 books for children. Named “one of the most original illustrators at work today” by Publishers Weekly, Raschka has been the recipient of two Caldecott Medals (for The Hello, Goodbye Window and A Ball for Daisy), as well as a Caldecott Honor Award for the book Yo! Yes?. A graduate of St. Olaf College in Minnesota, Chris had set his eyes on a career in medicine until he realized that his heart was in art. Shortly after this discovery, he moved to New York City where he saw his dream of illustrating children’s books come to fruition.
- Ingrid Law at 2:00 p.m.
Ingrid Law is the New York Times best-selling author of three novels for young readers, Savvy, Scumble, and Switch. Ingrid's books have been placed on over 30 state reading lists and have earned praise from Publishers Weekly, Oprah's reading list, the Today show's Al Roker's Book Club for Kids and the Smithsonian. Savvy has received numerous awards, including a Newbery Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. Ingrid lives a quiet life in the west, where she attempts to unlock the secrets of teleportation, studies the grammar of wild rabbits and also sometimes writes.
- Julie Murphy at 4:00 p.m.
Julie Murphy is the newest sensation in teen literature. Her debut contemporary young adult novel, Side Effects May Vary, was well received by Kirkus, School Library Journal, VOYA, Booklist, Seventeen, and Teen Vogue. Dumplin', Julie’s sophomore novel has received glowing reviews including two stars from Publishers Weekly and Booklist. Film rights have been optioned by Disney. She currently lives in North Texas with her husband who loves her, her dog who adores her and her cats who tolerate her. When she's not writing, she can be found reading, traveling or watching movies so bad they're good.
A book signing will follow each author's presentation. Barnes & Noble will be on-site to handle book sales. We will also be serving a different culinary treat for each author -- breakfast with Chris Raschka, snacks with Ingrid Law, and coffee with Julie Murphy. Read.Write.Draw. is a free event located in The Library Theatre. You do not need to make a reservation or acquire tickets. Doors open at 10 a.m.
What are you reading this weekend?
We've got a long weekend to celebrate our nation's independence and honor those who have served our country. Of course, we will be taking advantage of a beautiful forecast, but what book will you be cracking open? Personally, I am eager to finish Louise Erdrich's "LaRose". I was introduced to Erdrich late with the spectacular book "The Round House". Now I am enjoying her latest release about an enigmatic boy who manages to both soothe and divide two families. Erdrich wields her spellbinding narrative magic in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident and the fallout. I've got over half the book left, so I hope to finish before the fireworks start on Red Mountain! What book will capture your attention? If you are looking for just the right story, contact us at the Fiction Desk!
The BFG on the Big Screen
I know it's hard to believe, but I didn't read The BFG by Roald Dahl until this month. Yes, I know it was published when I was a kid. Yes, I know it is one of his most popular books. I have no good explanation for my negligence. Let's not dwell on the past. Let's look to the immediate future! The BFG hits movie theaters this weekend! And it combines the creative genius of Roald Dahl, Walt Disney, and Steven Spielberg! Read it before you see it! We have the book, the book-on-CD, the downloadable audiobook, and the downloadable ebook.
"The BFG tells the imaginative story of a young girl and the Giant who introduces her to the wonders and perils of Giant Country. The BFG is a Big Friendly Giant and nothing like the other inhabitants of Giant Country. Standing 24-feet tall with enormous ears and a keen sense of smell, he is endearingly dim-witted and keeps to himself for the most part. Giants like Bloodbottler and Fleshlumpeater on the other hand, are twice as big and at least twice as scary and have been known to eat humans, while the BFG prefers Frobscottle. Upon her arrival in Giant Country, Sophie, a precocious 10-year-old girl from London, is initially frightened of the mysterious giant who has brought her to his cave, but soon comes to realize that the BFG is actually quite gentle and charming, and, having never met a giant before, has many questions. The BFG brings Sophie to Dream Country where he collects dreams and sends them to children, teaching her all about the magic and mystery of dreams. Having both been on their own in the world up until now, their affection for one another quickly grows, but Sophie’s presence in Giant Country has attracted the unwanted attention of the other giants, who have become increasingly more bothersome. Sophie and the BFG soon depart for London to see Queen Victoria and warn her of the precarious giant situation, but they must first convince the Queen and her maid, Mary, that giants do indeed exist. Together, they come up with a plan to get rid of the giants once and for all."
First Thursday Fiction Book Group: "In the Unlikely Event" by Judy Blume
Join us on Thursday, July 7th at 10 am in the Adult Programming Room (back in the Nonfiction Department) for a lively discussion of Judy Blume's adult novel, "In the Unlikely Event." Ms. Blume is writing this novel from her own experience although fashioning it into an fiction novel. During the 1950's when Blume was a teenager in Elizabeth, New Jersey, three airplanes crashed in the area in the span of 58 days. With the rather new phenomenon of air flight, these crashes created fright and confusion within the community. In her novel, Blume creates the voices of many inhabitants of Elizabeth, all speaking of the tragedy and the impact on everyone's lives. Woven throughout is the story of Miri Ammerman who witnesses the crashes and is devastated by the fallout. At the same time, Miri's world is torn apart by secrets and surprising romances. As the adult Miri looks back on the tragic period, in a poem that she writes, “We’re still part of a secret club, / One we’d never willingly join. / . . . We’ll always be connected by that winter. / Anyone who tells you different is lying.”
Mad about Monsters, Baseball and Madcap Puppets
Madcap Puppets always WOW us with their GIANT puppets. This year's show, Monsters of Baseball, is a little different from the traditional pulled-from-fairytales shows they've performed in the past. The sign at the ball park says "No Monsters Allowed!", but that doesn't stop Roscoe from sneaking a little monster named Gus in to see a baseball game. It seems they're not alone as more monsters begin slipping into the ball park to join the fun. Giant puppets bring the history and tradition of baseball alive through songs, stories and poems. There's room for everyone, including the audience, to celebrate America's favorite past time. After the show, you'll undoubtedly want to sing "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" while you're choosing some great books about baseball. Our Train Your Brain #6 blog post will be available beginning July 5. It is filled with tons of nonfiction baseball titles. Ask a librarian to help you find that list.
Madcap Puppets presents Monsters of Baseball
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 6, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 7, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
* IMPORTANT SEATING GUIDELINES *
Seating in the Library Theatre is restricted to 250 guests. All guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis by library staff. All parties must be present to be seated. Saving seats is not allowed. Please arrive early to ensure your spot!
Attention, Riordan Fans!
This is YOUR chance to step into your favorite book series! Riordan fans (grades 4-6) will help Percy and his demigod friends save the human world at Camp Half-Blood Training on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. There will be chariot racing relays and trident tosses. There will be shield customization, toga wrapping, and olive leaf crown crafting. Plus you'll eat the food of the gods! Register online or by phone (444-7830).
Rick Riordan has written several different series, and we have all of them at the Hoover Public Library. They are shelved in the Kid Zone, under J RIO. All except the newest book in his newest series -- The Hidden Oracle (The Trials of Apollo). That one is still shelved under J RIO NEW BOOK.
Summer Reading, Made Easy
For the hottest new fiction releases, stop by the Fiction desk! Coming on the horizon late June, Holly Chamberlin's "Seashell Season" pulls an emotional punch as Verity Peterson mourns the young daughter she wishes back into her life. In July, one of my personal favorites, Jane Green returns with "Falling: A Love Story" which details the gradual love story of Emma and Dominic. After Emma moves to a beach house in Connecticut, moving from friends to lovers happens for Emma as naturally as the changing seasons. Then, for a story on the nature of identity, mid-July brings Maggie O'Farrell's "This Must Be the Place". After an American professor flees to Ireland and falls in love with an enigmatic woman, he is eventually forced to re-examine old ties along with the new family he has created. Late-July, a title that I'm looking forward to is Jennifer Close's "The Hopefuls". Young love is tested and a recent transplant to D.C. must examine the bond she has made with her mate and her new friends. Finally, in August, Louise Miller's book entitled, "The City Baker's Guide to Country Living" introduces us to a purple-haired pastry chef who flees the city for Vermont and her uneasy transition to country life. Sounds like a lot of stories about re-examinations of self and places. Hopefully, you can find enough room in your beach bag for all of these wonderful titles!
Crazy for Trivia?
I know it's summertime, but that doesn't mean you should turn your brain off. In fact, you should put it to the ultimate test! Teens (grades 7-12) crazy for trivia can come to our Trivia Craze event on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Compete on teams to see who knows the most about the most. Registration is open! You can sign up online or by phone (444-7826). And, yes, there will be food. There's always food.
The Distance to Home
Today we're highlighting a debut author who used to be a youth and teen librarian. You go, girl! Her first book features baseball. Won't the title look stellar on your sports-themed Summer Reading log?!
The Distance to Home by Jenn Bishop
Last summer, Quinnen was the star pitcher of her baseball team, the Panthers. They were headed for the championship, and her loudest supporter at every game was her best friend and older sister, Haley. This summer, everything is different. Haley’s death, at the end of last summer, has left Quinnen and her parents reeling. Without Haley in the stands, Quinnen doesn’t want to play baseball. It seems like nothing can fill the Haley-sized hole in her world. The one glimmer of happiness comes from the Bandits, the local minor-league baseball team. For the first time, Quinnen and her family are hosting one of the players for the season. Without Haley, Quinnen’s not sure it will be any fun, but soon she befriends a few players. With their help, can she make peace with the past and return to the pitcher’s mound?
Read this fantastic interview with the author.
Train Your Brain #5
I've been taking American Tribal Style bellydance classes for almost two years now . . . and Iove it! It's beautiful, and it is great exercise too. Dance and martial arts have that in common. Don't believe me? I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Dance & Martial Arts Brainpower. Pump up your knowledge about these expressive and physically demanding pursuits. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list. Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.
Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Dancer by Michaela & Elaine DePrince
E 920 DEP BEGINNING READER
Jazz Tap: From African Dums to American Feet by Anne E. Johnson
J 792.7 JOH
Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas by Carolyn Vaughan
J 792.8 VAU
Learn to Speak Dance: A Guide to Creating, Performing, & Promoting Your Moves by Ann-Marie Williams
J 792.8 WIL
Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire by Roxane Orgill
J 792.802 ORG
Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona
J 793.3 ANC
Muay Thai by Tim O'Shei
J 796.8 OSH
Kendo by Carol Ellis
J 796.86 ELL
My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey by Lesa Cline-Ransome