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The Sounds of Sleep

Need some soothing melodies to lull your little one to sleep?  Why not check out a few of our lullaby CDs?  We have quite a large collection, and, since they are shelved together, they're easy to find.  Here are just a few examples of the lullaby albums available in the Kid Zone.

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Stella by Starlight by Draper

That's right, folks!  Sharon M. Draper, author of Out of My Mind and Tears of a Tiger, has a new book out this week.  I checked out Hoover's copy, but I'll read it quickly.  I promise!  Here's a snippet to tide you over while you wait.

Stella by Starlight
Stella lives in the segregated South—in Bumblebee, North Carolina, to be exact about it. Some stores she can go into. Some stores she can’t. Some folks are right pleasant. Others are a lot less so. To Stella, it sort of evens out, and heck, the Klan hasn’t bothered them for years. But one late night, later than she should ever be up, much less wandering around outside, Stella and her little brother see something they’re never supposed to see, something that is the first flicker of change to come, unwelcome change by any stretch of the imagination. As Stella’s community—her world—is upended, she decides to fight fire with fire. And she learns that ashes don’t necessarily signify an end.  

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Staff Picks 2014 -- Teen Fiction

This year's list takes you on a trip around the world, back in time, and to the far reaches of the imagination.  If you read them all (click here for a printable list), it's a wild ride.  Get a closer look at our Best Books of 2014 event on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.  There will be speed book talks, refreshments, and door prizes.  And don't forget about the first meeting of Book Club & Pizza on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.  You can register online or by phone (444-7826).

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Spanish Conversation Club

Be on the lookout for the Spanish Conversation Club at the library beginning February 10, 2015 at 7 pm. The monthly meetings will take place on the second Tuesday of the month on the Plaza. All fluency levels are welcome at this free event. Come practice Spanish and learn the culture!

Dates are:
February 10
March 10
April 14
May 12

For any questions, call 444-7820

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Book Review: Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings

Sorry! The English and Their Manners by Henry Hitchings

This is an amusing and interesting about the history and current state of manners. Hitchings starts the reader in modern day with some interactions of two tennis stars and how they behaved. Then he moves from the beginning of written word with how manners started and delivers the reader back to modern day. Hitchings is engaged and engaging with this subject. This is a funny, interesting, and a little sad read with all the information about how manners and the people who use them have evolved over the course of history. Instead of dry and boring quotes Hitchings gives real stories from over the course of time. Famous people have had a lot to say about how young people, poor people, and people in general act. Come pick up Sorry! today from Hoover Public Library and enjoy a laugh!

-LR

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Staff Picks 2014 -- Juvenile Nonfiction

I admit it.  This is my favorite list to assemble.  There are so many outstanding informational titles for young people!  Click here for a printable list, complete with call numbers.

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Staff Picks 2014 -- Juvenile Fiction

These titles (click here for a printable list) will be featured at our Best Books of 2014 event on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 at 4 p.m.  There will be speed book talks, refreshments, and door prizes.  Yes, we're giving away some of the books!  The event is geared for parents, educators, and fellow librarians, but all readers are welcome.  Hope I see you there!

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Korman Unleashed

unleashed = freed from restraint, running wild, not being held back by anyone or anything

Unleashed by Gordon Korman = A former attack dog who has been on his best behavior reverts to attack mode every time a certain truck passes by.  Chaos ensues in this seventh book in the popular Swindle mystery series.  Find all of them in the Kid Zone.

  1. Swindle
  2. Zoobreak
  3. Framed
  4. Showoff
  5. Hideout
  6. Jackpot
  7. Unleashed
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No Jacket Required! World War II

Looking for something you haven't read on World War II? The library’s genre nonfiction book group, No Jacket Required!, has some great suggestions for you. We enjoyed a great discussion back in November on this genre. We learned much about all aspects of World War II and were introduced to some great new books about the Greatest Generation.

D-Day: Remembering the Battle That Won the War: 70 Years Later (Life Books)

No Silent Night: The Christmas Battle for Bastogne by Leo Barren and Don Cygan

Combat History of the Super Six The Winning of the War in Europe and the Pacific (General Marshall)

Eisenhower's Own Story of the War Brest to Bastogne: The Story of the 6th Armored Division Village of Secrets by Caroline Moorehead

And Then There Was Light by Jacques Lusseyran

My Grandfather's Gallery by Anne Sinclair

Dancing With the Enemy by Paul Glaser

We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman

Assignment to Hell by Timothy M. Gay

No End Save Victory: How FDR Led the Nation Into War by David Kaiser

The Hotel on Place Vendome : Life, Death, and Betrayal at the Hotel Ritz in Paris by Tilar J. Mazzeo

Lost in Shangri-la by Mitchell Zuckoff

The Mantle of Command by Nigel Hamilton

War Letters by Andrew Carroll

The Boys of Pointe Du Hoc by Douglas Brinkley

Our Mothers' War: American Women At Home and At the Front During World War II by Emily Yellin

 

No Jacket Required! will kick off the new year Wednesday, January 21 at 10:30 am in the Plaza Reading Room. Our topic will be "READ LOCAL" - books about local subjects and/or written by Alabama authors!

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Staff Picks 2014 -- Picture Books

This is the first post in our always popular Best of blog series, and we're starting with picture books.  But let me clarify -- it isn't because these books are meant for the youngest reader.  We're beginning with the books that appeal to readers of all ages.  Click here for a printable list.

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