What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Whobert Whover, Owl Detective
Let me introduce a new whoooo-dunit.
Whobert Whoever, Owl Detective by Jason Gallaher
E GAL NEW BOOK
Whobert likes to patrol the forest and keep it safe from danger. So when he sees Perry the possum lying on the ground, he knows something is amiss. “Poor Perry!” Whobert exclaims. “I will find out who, who done it!” He looks around and spots some feathery evidence. It must have been Debbie the duck! “It was YOU! You whacked Perry with your wicked wings!” Whobert declares. With a cleverly placed page turn and anticipated rhyme, Debbie pleads her innocence: “What a quack! It wasn’t me, Whobert! It’s true! Not guilty: you see, it was—” // “Who?” implores Whobert. Invoking every detective element from eyewitnesses to footprints, Whobert interrogates other forest residents. Each creature replies with the same refrain, leading readers to believe that the culprit just may be someone Whobert knows very well.
The UAB Robotics Team is taking over our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 4 p.m. They will give a presentation on the latest developments in the robotics field as well as virtual reality. The kids will be able to demo some of the VR tech themselves! This 50-minute presentation is limited to students ages 9-12 years. Registration is required and spots will fill up quickly. You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830). If you want to learn more about robotics via books, browse Dewey Decimal number 629.8.
Long Way Down
If anyone else's name was attached to this book, I probably wouldn't read it. A novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds?! Who else could pull off such a thing?!?! No one but Jason Reynolds. And he must have succeeded because this book made the Longlist for the National Book Award 2017.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds (October 24, 2017)
After 15-year-old Will sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, he sets out to do the expected: the rules dictate no crying, no snitching, and revenge. Though the African-American teen has never held one, Will leaves his apartment with his brother’s gun tucked in his waistband. As he travels down on the elevator, the door opens on certain floors, and Will is confronted with a different figure from his past, each a victim of gun violence, each important in his life. They also force Will to face the questions he has about his plan. As each “ghost” speaks, Will realizes how much of his own story has been unknown to him and how intricately woven they are. Told in free-verse poems, this is a raw, powerful, and emotional depiction of urban violence.
We're just a week away from our annual Halloween after-hours event! We're celebrating all heroes at Halloween Heroes on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 7 p.m. Dress up as your favorite hero, or give your Halloween costume a test run. You can also come as your mild-mannered self. This event takes over the entire library and draws around 1,000 people. So here's a sneak peek to help you plan your night.
PAW PATROL HEADQUARTERS (Library Theatre level)
* Meet Skye and Marshall in the Library Theatre.
* Make a Pup Fire Hat and an emergency bracelet.
* Channel your inner firefighter as you Put Out the Fire and Rescue a Cat Up a Tree.
* The Hoover Fire Department will be joining us -- with a firetruck. The Hoover Police Department Explorers will also be on hand.
MARVEL UNIVERSE (Fiction Department & Library Plaza)
* Join Ant-Man and Rocket Raccoon at our Ant-Man Picnic. There will be "Hero" Sandwiches, Groot Fruit, Awesome Mix Vol. 1, Ant-Man Popsicles, and Rocket Fuel.
* Show off your moves with Star-Lord Peter Quill, Gamora, and Baby Groot at the Guardians of the Galaxy Glow Dance Party.
* Whack-A-Villain with Thor.
* Unleash your inner Hulk in two ways. You can make a tasty dessert called Hulk Smash Puddin', and you can go wild in the Hulk Out Room.
* Keep your eyes peeled for Stan Lee. He'll definitely be making a cameo.
* Spider-Man and Mary Jane will guide you through the Spidey Sense Obstacle Course.
* Turn a balloon into a Spider-Man head.
* Take a skyline selfie, a la Spider-Man.
DC UNIVERSE (Kid Zone)
* Have an official photo taken with Wonder Woman and Superman.
* Hang out with the DC Superhero Girls.
* Tackle Target Practice with Harley Quinn and Batgirl.
* Channel the Flash's speed in a Time Warp Obstacle Course with Supergirl.
* Make a Bumblebee headband and a Katana sword.
LEGO BATMAN (Teen Department)
* Meet LEGO Batman.
* Demonstrate your master builder skills.
* Spatter paint a bat symbol.
* Airbrush tattoos and face painting
Book Bites: The Answer to Your Quest for Great Books
It's time for the second meeting of our newest book club! Join Miss Traci and Miss Anna Beth for Book Bites this Sunday, October 22, 2017 at 3 p.m. They will introduce elementary readers to some of their favorite titles that feature a Quest! (And, yes, a quest should always include an exclamation!) No prior reading is required to be part of this book club., but you are invited to check out the books afterwards and read to your heart's content. On top of having an opportunity to sample books, you will also have a chance to sample some snacks. No registration is required for Book Bites. Simply follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the Youth Program Room.
Hopgood Will Have You Singing in the Rain
I love when Tim Hopgood decides to turn a classic song into a picture book! His newest undertaking will have you singing in the rain . . . and the sun and the wind and the snow and whatever else these weather systems throw at you!
Singing in the Rain illustrated by Tim Hopgood (October 17, 2017)
The title song from the classic 1952 movie musical is a song-and-dance salute to joie de vivre—as is this book version. It opens with a cheerful double-page spread of a brown-skinned child in perfectly matched yellow rain gear perched on a lamppost as musical notes in the same cheerful yellow stand out against a blue rain-splattered background. Homage to Gene Kelly? Of course! On the following pages, children in equally colorful rainy-day outfits join in the fun as they dance and march along. They watch from the observation deck of the Empire State Building as clouds fill the sky and the same bright yellow notes appear. Close-ups of the smiling, multiracial cast follow as they watch flowers grow or a reflection in a puddle and then happily splash away to other landscapes filled with tropical birds and lush green foliage. Sing the lyrics or recite the words “based on the song” and have a really good time. Hopgood’s digitally rendered collages of watercolor, pencil, and ink add depth, texture, and buoyant spirit to the package. (from Kirkus Review)
Applewhites Coast to Coast
This third story about the madcap family introduced in Stephanie Tolan’s Newbery Honor Book Surviving the Applewhites features even more outlandish adventures and will appeal to fans of the Applewhites and those meeting them for the first time.
Applewhites Coast to Coast by Stephanie S. Tolan & R.J. Tolan (October 17, 2017)
E.D. and Jake are doing their best to forget their bewildering kiss—after all, they’re practically family—and get back to “normal” life with the decidedly abnormal, highly creative Applewhites. When the family’s biggest fan, Jeremy Bernstein, pulls up to Wit’s End in an “Art Bus,” he brings with him a proposal for an Education Expedition: a cross-country road trip, educational quest, and video-documented competition for a big cash prize. Jeremy also drags along his troubled but beautiful niece, Melody. She’ll be joining the expedition with her own rebellious flair, much to Jake’s delight . . . and E.D.’s exasperation. With characteristic Applewhite enthusiasm, the artists face disastrous performances, fainting goats, and some very bad ideas—but can they make it through the road trip in one piece?
Storytime Allstars Is Creeping Closer
It's almost time for the next Storytime Allstars! Miss Lindsay (of Together with Twos) will make you shriek with laughter (and maybe a bit of fright) at Storytime Allstars: Creepy Crawlies this Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. Kids of all ages can join her for bug and spider stories and songs . . . and a snack. Will you be eating bugs and spiders?!?! Guess you'll find out soon enough.
Raging Reapers . . . I Mean, Readers
Raging Readers, our teen book club, is reading Scythe by Neal Shusterman in October. If you've already read it, Anna Beth hopes you'll join her on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. If you haven't read it yet, go ahead and check it out! You'll read it, you'll love it, you'll be DYING to talk about it. That's a promise.
Scythe by Neal Shusterman
A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has even conquered death. Now Scythes are the only ones who can end life—and they are commanded to do so, in order to keep the size of the population under control. Citra and Rowan are chosen to apprentice to a scythe—a role that neither wants. These teens must master the “art” of taking life, knowing that the consequence of failure could mean losing their own.
Scythe is the first novel of a thrilling new series by National Book Award–winning author Neal Shusterman in which Citra and Rowan learn that a perfect world comes only with a heavy price. It was a 2017 Printz Honor. The sequel, Thunderhead, comes out January 9, 2018.
Have you discovered the Crimebiters! series yet? It's about a boy whose dog may or may not be a crimefighting vampire. Perfect reading material for October! There are three books so far.
- My Dog Is Better Than Your Dog (2015)
- It's a Doggy Dog World (2016)
- Dog Day After School (October 10, 2017)
DID YOU KNOW?
This hilarious series is written by Tommy Greenwald. He is also the author of the popular Charlie Joe Jackson series.