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Here Comes Teacher Cat!

The newest title in the picture book series featuring a sign-bearing cat has arrived just in time for back-to-school!

Here Comes Teacher Cat! by Deborah Underwood (August 8, 2017)
Cat is not pleased to be tapped as substitute teacher. Not only is it cutting into his naptime, but a roomful of kittens is a little, well, scary. At school, he’s faced with six adorable kittens and follows the lesson plan of music, building, and painting—only in pure, mischief-making Cat style. By the end, Cat has learned a thing or two about inspiring others by being himself. But even more heart-melting and humorous is what the kittens have learned from Cat.

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Poetry for National Farmers' Market Week

August 6-11, 2017 is National Farmers' Market Week!  The best way to celebrate is to buy something delicious from a local farmers' market.  There are many to choose from here in Birmingham, including Pepper Place.  The next best way is to read this great new book!

Fresh-Picked Poetry: A Day at the Farmers’ Market by Michelle Schaub, illustrated by Amy Huntingdon (March 14, 2017) 
J  811  SCH
In her first picture book, poet Schaub celebrates farmers’ markets in 18 buoyant, mostly rhymed poems; readers can follow two children and their respective dogs through one such market in Huntington’s airy watercolors. The poems sing the praises of the edibles on sale at the market, as well its sights and entertainment. “Get your roasted sweet corn here!/ Can’t be beat this time of year!” reads “Sally’s Sweet Corn,” while “Delightful Bites” highlights the market’s delicious smells: “Alluring aromas float over tent-tops—a whiff of vanilla, a whisper of spice.” Occasional moments of excitement (one of the dogs makes a beeline for a table of free fruit samples) capture the bustling energy of an outdoor market.

Don't miss this other great title by a local author!
Fresh Delicious by Irene Latham, illustrated by Mique Morichi (2016)
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The Emoji Movie Has All the Feels

The Emoji Movie came out last weekend, and it brought out strong emotions in its viewers . . . mostly negative.  I am the proud owner of a flip phone.  I have absolutely NO knowledge about the world of emojis, so I don't plan to see the film and make my judgment.  But maybe YOU will!

"Hidden inside a smartphone, the bustling city of Textopolis is home to all emojis. Each emoji has only one facial expression, except for Gene, an exuberant emoji with multiple expressions. Determined to become "normal" like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his best friend Hi-5 and a notorious code breaker called Jailbreak. During their travels through the other apps, the three emojis discover a great danger that could threaten their phone's very existence."

Regardless of your opinion of the movie, you'll want to find these great emoji titles at Hoover Library!
The Story of Emoji by Gavin Lucas
302.2223  LUC

Cakemoji: Recipes & Ideas for Sweet-Talking Treats by Jenni Powell
641.8653  POW

Emoji Crochet: 15 Easy-to-Make Projects Emoting Attitude and Fun by Charles Voth
ON ORDER

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Last Day for Prizes

This construction sign sums it up perfectly.  The end of Summer Reading 2017 is here!  The LAST DAY that kids and teens can earn tickets, redeem them for prizes, or enter their names in any of the grand prize drawings is WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2017.  The Hoover Public Library is open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. on that day.

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Nothing Rhymes with Orange

"You will never, ever, ever find a better, truer, more big-hearted poetic saga about an orange, a lychee, and dancing Friedrich Nietzsche. " - Jon Scieszka

"This book is peachy, fresh and funny! It's worth every cent of your hard-earned money!" - Laurie Keller

"The absurd and the organic come together in a hilarious ode to fruit, fun, and friendship. Adam Rex proves that he is the Bard of Produce." - LeUyen Pham

So many of my favorite kidlit authors and illustrators can't be wrong.  And, if they're right, I cannot wait to read Adam Rex's new picture book! 

Nothing Rhymes with Orange by Adam Rex (August 1, 2017)
We all know nothing rhymes with orange. But how does that make Orange feel? Well, left out! When a parade of fruit gets together to sing a song about how wonderful they are—and the song happens to rhyme—Orange can't help but feel like it's impossible for him to ever fit in. But when one particularly intuitive Apple notices how Orange is feeling, the entire English language begins to become a bit more inclusive. Beloved author-illustrator Adam Rex has created a hilarious yet poignant parable about feeling left out, celebrating difference, and the irrefutable fact that nothing rhymes with orange.

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KidCon at Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fest

Hoover Public Library's annual Sci-Fi/Fantasy Fest is this weekend, July 28-30, 2017!  For a breakdown of the entire festival, click here.  For information about the KidCon portion of this festival. . . read on!

KidCon will take over the Kid Zone on Saturday, July 29, 2017 with a Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them event.  From 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon, kids can play games, make crafts, and eat food inspired by the hit movie written by J. K. Rowling.  Capture an occamy in a teapot, find the niffler in the gold, and keep the magical creatures in Newt Scamander's suitcase.  Make a bowtruckle of your very own, design a suitcase coloring book (with or without an Undetectable Extension Charm), and sample pastries from Kowalski's Bakery.  This event is FREE and does not required an RSVP.

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Insatiable Readers – Favorite Sports: Sweat or Strategy? July 2017

 

The library’s Readers’ Group discussed Favorite Sports on Saturday, July 15.  The titles presented are listed below.

 

Coach Wooden and Me by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Boys Among Men by Jonathan Abrams

Alone in Antarctica by Felicity Aston

Up Your Game! By Gary Belsky and Neil Fine

Fantasy Life by Matthew Berry

Word Freak by Stefan Fatsis

Still Life with Brook Trout by John Gierach

The Games by David Goldblatt

A Graphic History of Sport by Andrew Janik

Thousand-Miler by Melanie Radzicki McManus

The End of the Perfect 10 by Dvora Meyers

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aaron Ralston

Tribal by Diane Roberts

The Cubs Way by Tom Verducci

String Theory by David Foster Wallace

The Kings of New York by Michael Weinreb

ESPN’s 30 for 30  www.espn.com/30for30/

 

 Feed your need for great nonfiction titles and bookish conversations!  Join us in the Plaza Reading Room on Saturday, August 12 at 10:30 a.m. for “A Year in the Life: People Will Try Anything for a Year!”  There will be free coffee and lots of reading fun!

 

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Bitty Bot

A little robot would rather go on an intergalactic adventure than go to sleep in this rhyming romp that breaks all the bedtime rules. 

In a busy robot town 
bots begin to power down. 
All except for Bitty Bot! 
Feeling sleepy? 
Maybe not! 

Read Bitty Bot by Tim McCanna, then have fun with these downloadable activities.

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Documentary Screening: Mad Hot Ballroom

 

Join us for a fun and lively showing of the documentary Mad Hot Ballroom! Follow the journey of sixty fourth and fifth graders from New York City as they work together until they can out dance most adults. Over the course of ten weeks, these kids learn the foxtrot and the tango to compete in a citywide competition. This film, distributed by Paramount Vantage (formerly Paramount Classics), won the audience award at the Philadelphia Film Festival and the Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The movie has showtimes at 2 and 6:30 pm on Monday, August 14th. We offer free admission and refreshments and would love to see you there!

 

Would you like to practice your dance moves before the documentary? Check out these!

Tango (DVD) 793.3 YOU 

Picture yourself dancing: step by step instruction for ballroom, Latin, country and more by Shawn and Joanna Trautman 793.3 TRA

Ballroom dancing intermediate (DVD) 793.3 BAL

Discover Dance: Ballroom (DVD) 793.3 DIS

Taking the lead: lessons from a life in motion by Derek Hough B HOUGH

- Stephanie

 

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Lucky in Love

If you're lucky, you've already discovered author Kasie West.  If you haven't . . . well, your luck is about to change.

Lucky in Love by Kasie West
Maddie's not impulsive. She's all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment -- she wins!  In a flash, Maddie's life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she's talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun... until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn't sure who she can trust.  Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn't seem aware of Maddie's big news. And, for some reason, she doesn't want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love.

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