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Kaboom!

Doktor Kaboom is making an explosive return to the Hoover Library Theatre stage!  His blend of theatre arts and scientific exploration will keep you riveted with interest and rolling with laughter.  Join us for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.  REMEMBER!  This is the final week of performers for Summer Reading 2016! 

Doktor Kaboom
Tuesday, July 26, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 28, 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!

BONUS!
Inspired by the show?  Try one of these books!
The Story of Science by Anna Claybourne & Adam Larkum
What’s Science All About? by Alex Frith
 

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Need a fictitious departure from reality?

Called a "laugh-out-loud" novel of ambition and marriage and politics, Jennifer Close's "The Hopefuls" may bring a smile to those that want a break from the realities of the current election cycle. The story centers around Beth who follows her husband Matt first to Washington, D.C. and eventually Texas in pursuit of his political aspirations. At first she is willing to sacrifice everything but grows bored until the couple meet-cute another politically ambitious couple. Evangelical Ash and charismatic Jimmy become fast friends with Beth and Matt. After a time, however, Beth realizes that she's more attracted to Jimmy than her less-than-perfect husband Matt. Friendship, betrayal, hunger for power, young love -- all of MY ingredients for a great late summer beach read!!

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Pro Sports by the Numbers

If you're nuts about sport stats, this new series is for you!  There are four titles in Capstone's Pro Sports by the Numbers series, and each one is packed with charts, tables, timelines and other colorful infographics that give you an in-depth look at your favorite professional sport.  Find them in the nonfiction section of the Kid Zone.

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My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord

No, not MY gym teacher!  Or any gym teacher in Hoover (so don't get any weird ideas).  That's just the name to the sequel of My Brother Is a Superhero.  Isn't it cool how the first book tied-in with Summer Reading 2015 and the second with Summer Reading 2016?!

My Gym Teacher Is an Alien Overlord by David Solomons
When Luke's annoying older brother became a superhero instead of him, Luke thought he couldn't get any more disgruntled-- until his friend Lara became a superhero, too. Now Luke's feeling totally left out; even his best friend gets mad at him when Luke's attempts at crime-solving without superpowers go terribly awry. So when Luke discovers an alien plot to overthrow the world, he's got nobody to turn to who'll listen...nobody but his sworn enemy. Luke will have to put on his big-boy Daredevil underpants and find out what heroes and villains are truly made of.

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Perfect Pair #24

This month's perfect pair takes our summer reading sports theme underground.

  • Going Where It's Dark by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2016)
    J  NAY  NEW BOOK
    Buck Anderson’s life seems to be changing completely. His best friend, David, has moved away; his anxious parents are hounding him more than ever; he has reluctantly agreed to fill in for his uncle and do odd jobs for a grumpy old veteran in town; and his twin sister has a new boyfriend and is never around anymore. To top it all off, Buck is bullied by a group of boys at school—mainly because he stutters. There is one thing that frees Buck from his worries. It is the heart-pounding exhilaration he feels when exploring underground caves in and around his hometown. He used to go caving with David, but he’s determined to continue on his own now. He doesn’t know that more changes are headed his way—changes that just might make him rethink his view of the world and his place in it.
  • Wild Underground: Caves and Caving by Neil Champion (2013)
    J  796.52  CHA
    Exploring underground can be dangerous and challenging, but today cavers can go deeper and farther through the world's cave systems than ever before. Wild Underground shows how to get started on this adventure activity. It explains the equipment needed, the skills you need to develop and practice, and importantly, how to stay safe in these challenging environments. The book includes real-life accounts of people who have faced danger and overcome disaster underground. And it shows just how rewarding caves and caving can be.
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Train Your Brain #8

I know it's still several weeks away, but I couldn't conclude our sporty nonfiction summer series with anything less than the best.  That's why I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Olympics Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about everything from the history of the games to the current host of the games. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Dream Big: Michael Jordan and the Pursuit of Olympic Gold by Deloris Jordan
E  796.323  JOR

The Wildest Race Ever: The Story of the 1904 Olympic Marathon by Meghan McCarthy
E  796.42  MCC

Touch the Sky: Alice Coachman, Olympic High Jumper by Ann Malaspina
E  796.48  MAL

Living in . . . Brazil by Chloe Perkins
E  981  PER  BEGINNING READER

You Wouldn't Want to Be a Greek Athlete!: Races You'd Rather Not Run by Michael Ford
J  796.48  FOR

What Are the Summer Olympics? by Gail Herman
J  796.48  HER

Great Olympic Moments by Michael Hurley
J  796.48  HUR

Swifter, Higher, Stronger: A Photographic History of the Summer Olympics by Sue Macy
J  796.48  MAC

Massacre in Munich: How Terrorists Changed the Olympics and the World by Dan Nardo
J  796.48  NAR

The Boys in the Boat: The True Story of an American Team's Epic Journey to Win Gold at the 1936 Olympics by Daniel James Brown
J  797.12  BRO

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mo-lympics!

Mo-lympics is a Mo Willems-inspired event on Saturday, July 23, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  There will be four events following the opening ceremony:

  • Don't Let the Pigeon Hit a Home Run!
    It's your job to strike out Pigeon.  Warning: he gets very upset if he doesn't hit a home run.
  • Knuffle Bunny Hunt
    You and your opponent race to find Knuffle Bunny in a giant pile of laundry.  First one to find him wins.
  • Goalie-Locks and the 3 Dinosaurs
    In this game, you'll be kicking dinos (soccer-style) into the goal.  It won't be easy.  Goldilocks is the best Goalie there is!
  • Elephant and Piggie Bad-mitten Doubles
    Grab your favorite adult or friend and compete against the dynamic duo.

When you're not competing, you'll have a chance to make a fun craft and eat some of your favorite sports park snacks.  You do not have to register to be part of Mo-lympics.  Simply follow the stars to book-inspired glory.

BONUS!
For mo' fun, check out the Thankorama website.

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Jim Gill's Hoover Debut

We are so excited that Jim Gill is coming to Hoover Library!  Our storytellers love him -- we've even been featuring him all summer long in the Story Gym!!  Can I use a few more exclamation points?  You bet!!!!!!!!!  Jim has recorded seven albums of "music play for all young children," with his newest album Vote for Jim out this month.  He'll be performing all seven of his concerts on the Library Plaza.  (This is due to demolition on the Theatre level, in preparation of our meeting room renovation.)  We're clearing out the furniture, so there will be plenty of room to sing-along, clap-along, jump-along, and dance-along with Jim!

Jim Gill on the Plaza
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, July 21, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

 

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Missing the Outlander series already?

Jamie and Claire may have just wrapped up their second season in the STARZ Outlander TV series. I, of course, have to wait until the library receives the TV series on DVD (not coming soon enough)! However, the historical fiction series started by Diana Gabaldon back in 1991 lives strong. Season 2 follows Gabaldon's Dragonfly in Amber. If you are not aware of the book series, here is the series in order: Outlander (1991), Dragonfly in Amber (1992), Voyager (1994), Drums of Autumn (1996), The Fiery Cross (2000), A Breath of Snow and Ashes (2005), An Echo in the Bone (2009), and Written in My Own Heart's Blood (2013). Wow! If you have read the books and are scrambling for more, I do have some suggestions for you. First, enjoy Kate Atkinson's Human Croquet which is all about the mysterious Fairfax family and chronicles all the leaps in their history from the 16th century onward. Next, Virginia Henley brings us A Year and a Day which has the historical fiction/sexy pairings of Scotsman and English lady that we so love. Lastly, dive into Sara Donati's series starting with Into the Wilderness (1998). In it, an English lady leaves a comfortable life in the upper-class England of 1792 to join her father in his colonial mission in a remote American outpost. It is not long, however, before Elizabeth realizes that her father has brought her to America under false pretenses. Wondering what happens? Read the series!! By the time you finish all six books, Outlander will be back on!

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Fandom Olympics: Need I Say More?

Are you a detective? A wizard? A Jedi? A Time Lord? Or, even better, are you a FAN? Then get ready to compete in Hoover Library's Fandom Olympics Finale on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Go for the gold, silver, and bronze medals in several FAN-tastic events.

Star Wars Light Saber Video Game!
Quidditch Pong!
Hunger Games Archery!
Captain America's Shield Discus!
One Ring Toss to Rule Them All!

Sherlockians and Whovians probably noticed that none of the events have anything to do with their fandom. Do not despair! We'll have something for you, too! And, yes, there will be light snacks to replenish your competitive spirit.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7826).

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