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Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.

BubbleMania Is Back!

Our favorite bald bubble-making maniac is back for his third Summer Reading season at Hoover Public Library!  If you haven't had a chance to see BubbleMania: Comedy . . . with a Drip!, make sure you add these dates to your calendar.  And go ahead and pick out your coolest clothes for the show.  No, I'm not referring to the latest fashion trends.  I literally mean the clothes that you will be coolest in.  The air conditioning cannot run during the show.  What can I say?  Bubbles are temperamental.

BubbleMania: Comedy . . . with a Drip!
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

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!

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Ninja Red Riding Hood

Corey Rosen Schwartz had me HI-YA-ing and HA-HA-ing with her martial arts fairy tale The Three Ninja Pigs.  So I can't wait to see what the sequel, Ninja Red Riding Hood, is serving up.  I shouldn't have to wait too long.  It was published today, July 10, 2014.  

Wolf just can't catch a break!  Ever since the three little pigs started teaching everyone Ninja skills, huffing and puffing just hasn't been enough to scare up a good meal.  His craving for meat sends Wolf to classes at the dojo, and soon he's ready to try out his new moves.  A little girl and her tiny granny should be easy targets -- right?  Not if Little Red has anything to say about it!  Kiya!

Need even more ninja books?  Find these in the Kid Zone!
The Boy Who Cried Ninja by Alex Latimer
The Japanese Ninja Surprise by Sara Pennypacker
Kai: Ninja of Fire by Greg Farshtey (LEGO Ninjago #1)
Night of the Ninjas by Mary Pope Osborne
Nighttime Ninja by Barbara DaCosta

Ninja! by Arree Chung 
Ninja Cowboy Bear presents The Way of the Ninja by David Bruins
Ninja Meerkats: The Clan of the Scorpion by Gareth P. Jones (#1)
Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop by Todd Tuell
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J. C. Phillipps (#1)


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Dr. Who Party

Spend this year's teen summer reading finale with your favorite Time Lord at our Dr. Who Party on Monday, July 14, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.  I confess that I have never seen a single episode of Dr. Who.  When Wendy and Shawna started giving me party details for this blog, I was stumped by several of the pop culture references.  But I'm sure you Whovians will be super excited to know that you'll get a chance to make Adipose babies, marble galaxy necklaces, and edible Sonic Screwdrivers.  Test your physical dexterity in our Build a Tardis relay and your spatial relation skills as you Pin the Bow Tie on the Doctor.  And, of course, we'll have a photo opportunity with Dr. Who.  Which one?  Guess you'll have to show up and find out.

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How Do You Know the Difference?

There is a wonderful nonfiction picture book series that goes along perfectly with this summer's science theme.  However, none of the titles fit in our Under the Microscope blog subjects.  So how were we going to make sure our patrons knew about the books?  It was a bit of a problem, but it was easily solved with this blog post!  The series is called How Do You Know the Difference by Melissa Stewart.  Each book focuses on a pair of similar creatures and explains how to tell them apart.  The series features great photographs and encourages careful observation.  I highly recommend them to all inquisitive children (and their teachers).

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Under the Microscope #8

Modern science is often very high-tech.  Power up and take a closer look at ROBOTS & TECHNOLOGY.  (Click here for a printable list complete with call numbers.)

  1. Amazing Military Robots by Sean Stewart Price
  2. Batman Science: The Real-World Science Behind Batman's Gear by Agnieska Biskup & Tammy Enz
  3. Battling for Victory: The Coolest Robot Competitions by Kathryn Clay
  4. Cool Robots by Sean Kenney
  5. Cool Stuff Exploded: Get Inside Modern Technology by Chris Woodford
  6. Cool Tech: Gadgets, Games, Robots, and the Digital World by Clive Gifford
  7. Eyewitness Computer by Mike Goldsmith & Tom Jackson
  8. Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg by Judy L. Hasday
  9. Fantastic Contraptions by Yoshihito Isogawa
  10. High-Tech Olympics by Nick Hunter
  11. How Cool Is This?
  12. How to Build a Prize-Winning Robot by Joel Chaffee
  13. How to Draw Robots by Mark Bergin
  14. The Kids' Guide to Robots by Barbara J. Davis
  15. The Mighty Mars Rovers: The Incredible Adventures of Spirit and Opportunity by Elizabeth Rusch
  16. Nature Got There First by Phil Gates
  17. Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects by Kathy Ceceri
  18. Robots by Clive Gifford
  19. Robots by Jenny MacKay
  20. Robots and Artificial Intelligence by Nicolas Brasch
  21. Space Robots by Steve Kortenkamp
  22. Spy Gizmos and Gadgets by Susan K. Mitchell
  23. Spy Tech -- Digital Dangers by Susan K. Mitchell
  24. Spy Technology by Ron Fridell
  25. Star Wars: The Secret Life of Droids by Jason Fry
  26. Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius by Matt Doeden
  27. Technology: A Byte-Size World! by Dan Green
  28. Weapons and Technology by Martin J. Dougherty
  29. Who Is Bill Gates? by Patricia Demuth
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