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Best Books of 2016: Championship Tailgate Party

2-4-6-8! Which books did we think were great? Find out at our Best Books of 2016: Championship Tailgate Party on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4 p.m. Cheer for book talks of our team's favorite titles for kids and teens. Eat terrific tailgating food and win door prizes! (Yes, the prizes are brand new copies of our favorite books!) This event is geared for parents, teachers and fellow librarians, but everyone is welcome. You do not have to register for our tailgate party. Simply follow the stars (and cheers and delicious food smells).

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We will begin posting our Staff Picks 2016 blog series on Tuesday, January 10, too! There will be four posts in the series -- picture books, juvenile fiction, juvenile nonfiction, and teen fiction.

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Crafting on Eggshells

We're powering into the new year with more of our popular Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead programs.  The next one will be Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 4 p.m.  We're focusing on Art, using eggshells to decorate a flower pot or trinket box.  Step one, paint the eggshells.  Step two, modpodge.  Okay, it's a bit more complicated than that, but you can do it!  This event is open to kids age 5-11.  Registration is required.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

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Flying Lessons & Other Stories

Flying Lessons & Other Stories edited by Ellen Oh

Edited by We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh, this collection of short stories embraces a wide cultural spectrum of authorship. Readers feel the angst that comes with getting to know the cool new California girl at a Pennsylvania school in Tim Federle’s “Secret Samantha,” narrated by gender-nonconforming Sam. They’ll thrill to Grace Lin’s “The Difficult Path,” the tale of a young Chinese servant girl who is captured by pirates, who save her from an arranged marriage to a horrible young boy from a wealthy family. Kwame Alexander contributes a short story in verse about a young Star Wars geek who is head over heels with the school's prettiest girl. Perhaps most poignantly, there is “Sometimes a Dream Needs a Push,” about a boy whose basketball-star father gives his wheelchair basketball team some crucial pointers, from Walter Dean Myers. These stories and others—from Matt de la Peña, Meg Medina, Kelly J. Baptist, Tim Tingle, Jacqueline Woodson, and Soman Chainani—ably contain universal themes: friendship, sibling rivalry, parental embarrassment, first crushes, and the trials and challenges that school can bring. Thumbnail biographies of the contributors and an introduction to the genesis and work of We Need Diverse Books round out the volume. [from Kirkus Reviews]

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New Year, New Baby Books

King Baby by Kate Beaton
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All hail King Baby! He greets his adoring public with giggles and wiggles and coos, posing for photos and allowing hugs and kisses. But this royal ruler also has many demands, and when his subjects can't quite keep up, King Baby takes matters into his own tiny hands.

Eat, Sleep, Poop by Alexandra Penfold
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The new baby hasn’t been here very long, but already has a busy schedule: Eat, sleep, and, of course, poop! This tender look at life inside and outside of the crib from a baby’s-eye view is the perfect present for new parents and siblings-to-be.

This Is Our Baby, Born Today by Varsha Bajaj
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With a loving mama, a trumpeting herd, curious cousins, and even some dancing peacocks heralding this little one’s arrival, it is apparent that the joy and wonder a new baby brings is shared by all! Varsha Bajaj’s lilting prose and Eliza Wheeler’s enchanting scenes of a wide-eyed baby elephant and its smitten family celebrate the importance of family and community in every child’s life. Set in the lush wilds of India, this is an endearing, beautifully illustrated tribute to little ones getting their first warm welcome to the world.

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What Should You Do After Christmas? Just Keep Swimming!

Just in case, like Dory, you suffer from "short term remembery" loss, mark your calendars for Finding Dory in the Library Theatre on Wednesday, December 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.  We'll be showing Finding Dory on the big screen.  Admission and snacks are free, plus the star of the show will be making a special larger-than-life appearance!  You do not need to use your echolocation to find the movie magic.  Simply take the stairs or elevators in the main library lobby down to the first floor.  The Theatre is down the hallway on the right.  Until then . . . just keep swimming!

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Sing!

I've seen the preview for this movie SO many times, and I get more pumped up about it with every viewing! Sing opens in theaters TODAY -- don't miss it!

Buster Moon, a dapper koala voiced by Matthew McConaughey, presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. An eternal optimist, and a bit of a scoundrel, he loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Facing the crumbling of his life's ambition, he takes one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world&'s greatest singing competition. Five contestants emerge: a crooning mouse (Seth McFarlane), a timid teenage elephant (Tori Kelly), a maternal pig (Reese Witherspoon), a rebel gorilla (Taron Egerton), and a punk-rock porcupine (Scarlett Johansson). Click on the blue title to watch the official trailer and other movie clips plus learn more about the cast and characters.

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Kubo and the Two-Strings

You've been not-so-patiently waiting to check out Kubo and the Two Strings from Hoover Public Library?  Me too!  Are you wondering just why you've had to do all this waiting when you've seen the DVD for sale everywhere movies are sold?  Probably!  Do I have the answer?  Definitely!  Some studios require that libraries and other lending facilities (like Redbox) observe a 28-day window.  Once the movies have been in stores for 28 days, we can begin to circulate them.  That means that Kubo and the Two Strings is finally available for checkout at Hoover Library!  Place your hold by clicking on the blue.  Want the Blu-Ray?  Click on this blue instead.

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The Water Princess

The Water Princess by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds

I love this book so much!  It is inspired by the childhood of Georgie Badiel, a Burkino Faso-born model.  During her childhood in Africa, Georgie walked miles and miles to retrieve clean drinking water in a bowl.  She always dreamed of sharing her story through a picture book.  When she met Peter H. Reynolds at the Women in the World Summit, she told him "I want you to let children around the world know that other children are struggling for something so basic. Children care – they always think about giving back, helping.”  She also wanted the proceeds from the book's sale to underwrite a project that would bring water to kids in Burkina Faso.  It was a tall order, but Reynolds and his collaborator Susan Verde made it happen.  After you read the book, you'll want to know more.  So I'll make it easy for you!

1. Amazing Publishers Weekly article about the collaboration

2. Official website for Ryan's Well Foundation

3. Official website for Georgie Badiel Foundation 

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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily

Told in alternating chapters, The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily reunites two beloved characters and is bound to be a Christmas favorite, season after season.Dash and Lily have had a tough year since readers first watched the couple fall in love in Dash & Lily's Book of Dares. Lily’s beloved grandfather suffered a heart attack, and his difficult road to recovery has taken a major toll on her typically sunny disposition. With only twelve days left until Christmas—Lily’s favorite time of the year—Dash, Lily’s brother Langston, and their closest friends take Manhattan by storm to help Lily recapture the holiday magic of New York City in December.

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Perfect Pair #29

This month's perfect pair sounds ominous.  And awesome.

  • Oh No, Astro! by Matt Roesner (2016)
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    Astro is a cranky asteroid who just wants everyone to respect his personal boundaries. But when a satellite knocks Astro out of orbit, he is forced to embark on an epic adventure through space…whether he wants to or not!
  • Cosmic Catastrophes: Seven Ways to Destroy a Planet Like Earth by David Aguilar (2016)
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    In the vast realm of outer space, accidents happen all the time. Things bump into each other. Stars blow up. Space rocks smash into planets. Black holes gobble up everything in their path. The sun is burning out. A comet swarm is bearing down. Any of this could change—or even eliminate—life on a planet like Earth.From asteroid hit to alien invasion, astronomer David Aguilar builds the scientific case for seven extreme events that could impact Earth. (Though not as we know it: most of these catastrophes are way down the cosmic line . . . we hope!)
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