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Pixar : Movie or Party?

The answer is . . . YES!  Pixar is the movie-making powerhouse that continues to make amazing animated features for the whole family.  The latest big screen release is Finding Dory, the long-awaited sequel to Finding Nemo.  Everyone’s favorite forgetful blue tang Dory is living happily in the reef with Marlin and Nemo. Then Dory suddenly remembers that she has a family out there who may be looking for her! The trio takes off on a life-changing adventure across the ocean to California’s prestigious Marine Life Institute, a rehabilitation center and aquarium. In an effort to find her mom and dad, Dory enlists the help of three of the MLI’s most intriguing residents: Hank, a cantankerous octopus who frequently gives employees the slip; Bailey, a beluga whale who is convinced his biological sonar skills are on the fritz; and Destiny, a nearsighted whale shark. Deftly navigating the complex inner workings of the MLI, Dory and her friends discover the magic within their flaws, friendships and family.  It hits theaters on June 17, 2016.  The Hoover Public Library is celebrating with a . . . PIXAR PARTY!

Pixar Party
Saturday, June 18, 2016
at 10:30 a.m.
Immerse yourself in the three latest Pixar creations -- Finding Dory, The Good Dinosaur, and Inside Out.  There will be games, crafts, and your favorite characters spread throughout the Kid Zone.  Make Dory party hats, learn to speak whale, construct a paper plate Arlo, navigate a prehistoric landscape, save core memories from the Memory Dump, work on your anger management and more!  This family event does not require registration.

BONUS!
Take a look at the official Finding Dory activity packet.

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Atlanta Magician Arthur Atsma Comes to Hoover

Please welcome to the Hoover Library Theatre stage . . . Arthur Atsma, Magician Extraordinaire!  His show weaves cutting edge, fast paced, astonishing sleight of hand magic with mentalism.  Get ready for tricks with cards, coins, comedy, and audience participation.  Don't miss what could be your new favorite performer!

Arthur Atsma
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 16, 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!

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Join Us in the Story Gym!

Are you ready for your summer storytime workout?  Then join us for Story Gym on Monday mornings this summer!  This six-week session will include books, stories, songs, and lots and lots of movement for children under four.  Each week focuses on a fun physical activity and features a different storytelling pair.  You don't have to register for any of these storytimes.  Simply follow the stars to fun!

STORY GYM
Mondays at 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.

June 13 = Let's Jump! with Miss Katie Jane & Mr Jeremy
June 20 = Race On! with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Traci
June 27 = Dance Break! with Mr Justin & Miss Anna Beth

July 11 = Play Ball! with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Alyssa
July 18 = Game Time! with Miss Katie Jane & Mr Jeremy
July 25 = Team Up! with Miss Katie Jane & Miss Polly

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You'll Flip for These New Novels!

The Flip Side by Shawn Johnson
Charlie Ryland has a secret. She may seem like your average high school sophomore—but she’s just really good at pretending. Because outside of school Charlie spends all her waking hours training to become one of the best gymnasts in the world. And it’s not easy flying under the radar when you’re aiming for Olympic gold…especially when an irresistible guy comes along and threatens to throw your whole world off balance. Inspired by her own experiences as a fifteen-year-old Olympic gymnast, gold medalist Shawn Johnson writes a delightfully entertaining novel about chasing big dreams and falling in love, all while trying to keep it real.

Tumbling by Caela Carter
Work harder than anyone. Be the most talented. Sacrifice everything. And if you’re lucky, maybe you will go to the Olympics. Grace lives and breathes gymnastics—but no matter how hard she pushes herself, she can never be perfect enough. Leigh, Grace’s best friend, has it all: a gymnastics career, a normal high-school life... and a secret that could ruin everything. Camille wants to please her mom, wants to please her boyfriend, and most of all, wants to walk away. Wilhelmina was denied her Olympic dream four years ago, and she won’t let anything stop her again. No matter what. Monica is terrified. Nobody believes in her—and why should they? By the end of the two days of the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials, some of these girls will be stars. Some will be going home with nothing. And all will have their lives changed forever.

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What Will You Choose?

Choose Your Own Adventure was a big part of my reading childhood.  I had the power to shape the story!  Did I let it go to my head?  Absolutely!  Do these interactive novels still influence today's young readers?  You bet!  That's why the Kid Zone is encouraging 1st-3rd graders to Choose Your Own Adventure on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  Take on the role of chrononaut (that's a time astronaut) who is lost in time.  Choose wisely as you encounter pirates, pilots, circus tigers and more!  Your choices will lead to fun, more fun, or CERTAIN DOOM!  If you choose to participate, make sure you register online or by phone (444-7830).

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Zootopia

Nick and Judy took a selfie in honor of the DVD release of their movie Zootopia.  It hit the streets (or, technically, the shelves) today!  Nick does NOT look suitably excited, but look at Judy!  That bunny is pumped!  For good reason.  Zootopia is full of hilarity and heart.  This animated comedy-adventure is set in a modern mammal metropolis, a city without predators and prey. Determined to prove herself, Officer Judy Hopps, the first bunny on Zootopia’s police force, jumps at the chance to crack her first case – even if it means partnering with scam-artist fox Nick Wilde to solve the mystery.

Add your name to the waiting list by clicking here.

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Train Your Brain #2

Are you a football fan . . . or a fútbol fan?  Do you think you know everything there is to know about the sport?  Think again!  I challenge you to Train Your Brain: Boost Your Football & Soccer Brainpower.  Pump up your knowledge about touchdowns, goals, and your favorite players. This post features just ten of the titles available on the full list.   Click here for the printable list complete with call numbers.

Cool Soccer Facts by Abby Czeskleba
E  796.334  CZE

Footballs Before the Store by Rachel Lynette
J  688.7  LYN

Touchdown: The Power and Precision of Football's Perfect Play by Mark Stewart & Mike Kennedy
J  796.33  STE

What Does a Linebacker Do? by Paul Challen (in a series)
J  796.332  CHA

Highlight Reel: The Top 10 Plays in Super Bowl History by K.C. Kelley
J  796.332  KEL

World Cup by Justin Petersen
J  796.334  PET

Drew Brees by Matt Christopher
JB  BRE

The Keeper: The Unguarded Story of Tim Howard by Tim Howard & David Rosenberg
JB  HOW

Breakaway by Alex Morgan
JB  MOR

Young Pelé: Soccer's First Star by Lesa Cline-Ransome
JB  PEL

 

 

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Movin' with M.A.C.

Can you walk on a balance beam, jump a rope or hold a yoga pose?  Would you like to go on a crocodile hunt or take a magic spyglass adventure?  Do you want to know who M.A.C. is?  Find out when you come to Movin' with M.A.C. on Friday, June 10, 2016 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.  Join us for high-steppin' fun to keep three to seven-year-olds active and fit.  On your mark, get set . . . MOVE!

PLANNING AHEAD!
There will be another Movin' with M.A.C. program on Friday, July 15, 2016 at 9:30 and 11:00 a.m.

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Sing Loud, Jump High & Dream Big with Roger Day!

We're kicking off eight weeks of Summer Reading performers with Hoover favorite Roger Day!  His music is fun, and his energy level is high.  Get ready for Mosquito Burritos, Monkey Brains, and more!  Reminder, take special note of the seating guidelines.  This is one of our most popular shows, and they fill up quickly.

Roger Day
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
10:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, June 9, 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!

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Are You an Angry Bird?

Did you see The Angry Birds Movie yet?  It debuted on the big screen on May 20, 2016.  The movie is inspired by the super popular game about an island populated entirely by happy, flightless birds – or almost entirely. In this paradise, Red (a bird with a temper problem), speedy Chuck, and the volatile Bomb have always been outsiders. But when the island is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to these unlikely outcasts to figure out what the pigs are up to and maybe save the day.

If you love the game and/or the movie, you don't want to miss our Angry Birds event for grades 4-6 on Thursday, June 16, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.  Feathers will fly as the Angry Birds face their foes and have some fun. Get ready for demolition, drawing, egg retrieval, and more!  Register online or by phone (444-7830).

Want more Angry Bird fun?  Check out one of the DVDs from the animated series!  They are shelved under A in the Kid Zone's movie collection.

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