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Double Djinn

Arabian nights, like Arabian days, more often than not are hotter than hot . . . in a lot of good ways.  Yes, that's a line from Disney's Aladdin.  But, once you read the synopses below, you'll agree it's the perfect summation of this blog.
  • The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury (February 23, 2016)
    When Aladdin discovers Zahra's jinni lamp, Zahra is thrust back into a world she hasn't seen in hundreds of years -- a world where magic is forbidden and Zahra's very existence is illegal. She must disguise herself to stay alive, using ancient shape-shifting magic, until her new master has selected his three wishes. 

 But when the King of the Jinn offers Zahra a chance to be free of her lamp forever, she seizes the opportunity—only to discover she is falling in love with Aladdin. When saving herself means betraying him, Zahra must decide once and for all: is winning her freedom worth losing her heart? As time unravels and her enemies close in, Zahra finds herself suspended between danger and desire.
  • Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (March 8, 2016)
    Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mythical beasts still roam the wild and remote areas, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinn still perform their magic. For humans, it’s an unforgiving place, especially if you’re poor, orphaned, or female. Amani Al’Hiza is all three. She’s a gifted gunslinger with perfect aim, but she can’t shoot her way out of Dustwalk, the back-country town where she’s destined to wind up wed or dead. Then she meets Jin, a rakish foreigner, in a shooting contest, and sees him as the perfect escape route. But though she’s spent years dreaming of leaving Dustwalk, she never imagined she’d gallop away on mythical horse—or that it would take a foreign fugitive to show her the heart of the desert she thought she knew. Rebel of the Sands reveals what happens when a dream deferred explodes—in the fires of rebellion, of romantic passion, and the all-consuming inferno of a girl finally, at long last, embracing her power.
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Get Into Art

March is Youth Art Month!  It's a great month to emphasize art education for all children, and it does NOT just apply to art teachers!  Anyone can promote creativity and the visual arts . . . with a little help from an amazing series by Susie Brooks.  Get Into Art allows children to discover great art and create their own.  Each of the four books features twelve artworks, with information about the work and artist.  Then,  lift the flap to find out how to make your very own masterpiece!  The art comes from a diverse range of artists and uses a large variety of techniques and materials.  Check one out today, and you're on your way to becoming an artist!

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Rainbow Magic Fairies

Rainbow Magic Fairies are NEVER dull.  And that's especially true for our Rainbow Magic Fairies event for 1st-3rd graders on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.!  Upon arrival, you'll take a quick quiz to determine what kind of fairy you are, anything from sports fairy to superstar fairy.  You'll design your own set of fairy wings, which you'll wear when you take a high-flying picture in our photo booth.  You'll also make edible fairy houses.  There will be some other activities, but keep your eyes peeled for Jack Frost and his goblins.  They are always trying to spoil the fun, and the party IS on the Ides of March.  Uh-oh.  There could definitely be some trouble.

Registration is now OPEN!  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).  Then follow the stars to find a little Rainbow Magic.  After the party, stop by the First Chapter Books and look under J  MEA.  That's where you'll find the books that served as our inspiration!

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Enter Linda Sue Park's Forest of Wonders

Linda Sue Park is an author of incredible breadth and depth.  She wrote the Newbery Award-winning book A Single Shard, which was set in medieval Korea and focuses on ceramics.  She penned Keeping Score, a novel that takes place in Brooklyn 1951 and deals with baseball.  She's also contributed plenty of modern around-the-world action and adventure to The 39 Clues series in Storm Warning and Trust No One.  The point I'm trying to make?  The only thing you can predict about Linda Sue Park's newest book is that it will be GOOD.

Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park (#1 in Wing & Claw trilogy)
"Raffa Santana has always loved the mysterious Forest of Wonders. For a gifted young apothecary like him, every leaf could unleash a kind of magic. When an injured bat crashes into his life, Raffa invents a cure from a rare crimson vine that he finds deep in the Forest. His remedy saves the animal but also transforms it into something much more than an ordinary bat, with far-reaching consequences. Raffa’s experiments lead him away from home to the forbidding city of Gilden, where troubling discoveries make him question whether exciting botanical inventions—including his own—might actually threaten the very creatures of the Forest he wants to protect. Forest of Wonders richly explores the links between magic and botany, family and duty, environment and home."

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Kibuishi's New Amulet

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the popular manga series Amulet.  Readers have been waiting an agonizing TWO YEARS for book 7, but Firelight has finally arrived.

"Emily, Trellis, and Vigo visit Algos Island, where they can access and enter lost memories. They're hoping to uncover the events of Trellis's mysterious childhood -- knowledge they can use against the Elf King. What they discover is a dark secret that changes everything. Meanwhile, the Voice of Emily's Amulet is getting stronger, and threatens to overtake her completely."

  1. The Stonekeeper
  2. The Stonekeeper's Curse
  3. The Cloud Searchers
  4. The Last Council
  5. Prince of the Elves
  6. Escape from Lucien
  7. Firelight

TRIVIA BONUS!
Kazu Kibuishi was the artist who re-illustrated the Harry Potter covers for the boxed paperback set.  When all seven books are spine to spine, it creates a picture of Hogwarts!

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Zoo Clues

Zoo Clues is one of our favorite nonfiction series to share at storytime!  Find them in the beginning reader section of the Kid Zone.  Look for the orange stickers.

"Young children will love showing off their beginning reading skills as they learn about this dazzling collection of wild and wonderful zoo animals--one clue at a time! This series introduces emergent readers to unusual animals from around the world through a fun guessing game. Rich, colorful photos and a clever design will engage young children as they read and explore. Each 24-page book features controlled text with age-appropriate vocabulary and simple sentence construction. Vibrant photos closely align with descriptive text. Early readers will strengthen their reading skills while learning all about animals in an enjoyable, exciting way!"

  1. My Body Is Striped and Leafy by Jessica Rudolph
  2. My Claws Are Large and Curved by Jessica Rudolph
  3. My Eyes Are Big and Red by Joyce L. Markovics
  4. My Fangs Are White and Sharp by Jessica Rudolph
  5. My Fur Is Thick and Spotted by Jessica Rudolph
  6. My Legs Are Long and Strong by Joyce L. Markovics
  7. My Nose Is Long and Fuzzy by Joyce L. Markovics
  8. My Skin Is Bumpy and Slimy by Jessica Rudolph
  9. My Skin Is Gray and Wrinkly by Joyce L. Markovics
  10. My Tail Is Long and Striped by Joyce L. Markovics
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Bears in a Band

"CLANG! CLANG! TOOTLEY-TOOO! The impossibly cute bears are back — and this time they have musical instruments at the ready. The little bears pick up their instruments and play a noisy song. They don’t care if the notes are wrong! But uh-oh, Big Brown Bear is fast asleep. Will their lively music wake him up? A small moment of trepidation segues into a jubilant performance in a story that will be sweet music to little ears."

Bears in a Band is written by Shirley Parenteau and illustrated by David Walker.  It is the fifth book featuring these adorable bears.  Don't miss the first four!  Find them under E  PAR.

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TJI: Fiction Fortune Tellers

Our new-books book club for grades 4-6 read some amazing books this month.  And to advertise them, we folded "cootie catchers" (just like I used to do when I was their age!) . . . though we've given them a slightly more dignified name.  Take a look at our Fiction Fortune Tellers.  Then take a look at our books!

Ananya =Gaby Lost and Found by Angela Cervantes
Austin =Treasure Hunters: Secret of the Forbidden City by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein (#3)
Carson = Edison's Alley by Neal Shusterman & Eric Elfman (#2)
Houston = Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (#5)
J.P. = I Funny TV by James Patterson & Chris Grabenstein (#4) / Pete Milano's Guide to Being a Movie Star by Tommy Greenwald
Kendall = Out of My Mind by Sharon Draper
Liam = Voyagers: Project Alpha by D. J. MacHale (#1)
Mahdis = She didn't read a new book this month, but she still wanted to be part of the fun.
Nathan = Running Out of Time by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Neysa = Ruby Reinvented by Ronni Arno
Selma = Rules for Stealing Stars by Corey Ann Haydu
Sydney = The Odds of Getting Even by Sheila Turnage (#3)
Miss Katie Jane = Terror at Bottle Creek by Watt Key

If you'd like to be part of This Just In! next month, just read a book published in the last 6 months.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830), then come to the meeting on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

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The Return of Mr. P

Mr. P is coming back to Hoover Public Library!  He'll guide 4th, 5th, and 6th grade artists as they make spring-themed projects using texture rubbing plates to create drawings on newsprint.  They'll use oil or chalk pastels (maybe both!) to add color.  Mr. P's Just Art class will take place on Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.  Registration opens today!  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

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The Launching of Launchpads

Prepare for liftoff!  The Hoover Public Library is now circulating Playaway Launchpads.  Launchpad is taking pre-loaded to new heights.  It is the first secure, pre-loaded learning tablet created just for children . . . and just for libraries.  Each tablet is pre-loaded with high-quality, ad-free apps -- at least ten per device -- and focuses on an age group and a theme.  Children can choose an avatar, and parents can access usage statistics.  We currently have 34 tablets.  They are shelved behind the preschool desk, above the storytime theme bags.  Tablets can be checked out for 1 week, but they can be renewed twice (as long as there are no holds on the item).  At this time, we are limiting check outs to 1 per card.  To check availability of the individual tablets, click on the blue title.

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AGES 5-7


AGES 8-10

 

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