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Perfect Pair #1

This is the first post in a new blog series called Perfect Pair.  Each month I will feature two books that beg to be read together.  One will be a fictional story, and one will be a factual account.  This is a great way to expand your reading experience, whether at home or in the classroom.  So let's meet our first pair!

  • On the Road to Mr. Mineo's by Barbara O'Connor (2012)
    J  OCO / J  OCO  AB
    Sherman, a one-legged pigeon, sets everyone aflutter in a small southern town.
  • Wild Animal Neighbors: Sharing Our Urban World by Ann Downer (2014)
    J  591.75  DOW
    What kinds of animals are making cities their new home? How can they survive in our ecosystem of concrete, steel, and glass? And what does their presence there mean for their future and ours? Join scientists, activists, and the folks next door on a journey around the globe to track down our newest wild animal neighbors. Discover what is bringing these creatures to our backyards - and how we can create spaces for people and animals to live side by side.
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Judy Moody, Mood Martian

There are now a dozen Judy Moody books!  Book 12 came out today, August 5, 2014.  It's called Judy Moody, Mood Martian.  It's Backwards Day at school, so Judy double-dares herself to become Queen of the Good Mood for one whole week.  Can she do it?

Find all of Megan McDonald's Judy Moody books in the FIRST CHAPTER BOOK section of the Kid Zone.  (Hint: They have light purple stickers on their spine labels.)

  1. Judy Moody
  2. Judy Moody Gets Famous!
  3. Judy Moody Saves the World
  4. Judy Moody Predicts the Future
  5. Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor Is In!
  6. Judy Moody Declares Independence
  7. Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days
  8. Judy Moody Goes to College
  9. Judy Moody, Girl Detective
  10. Judy Moody and the NOT Bummer Summer
  11. Judy Moody and the Bad Luck Charm
  12. Judy Moody, Mood Martian

There is also a Judy Moody DVD!
Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer

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Back-to-School with American Girl

We only have one Kid Zone event in August, but it is a BIG one -- our American Girl Back to School Party!  Several American Girls are making the journey to Hoover Public Library on Tuesday, August 26, 2014, including Girl of the Year Isabelle, Samantha, Kaya, Kit, and Addy.  The Girls will help you make some special school accessories for you and your doll.  (Yes, if you have an American Girl doll, she is welcome at the party.  Just remember that there will be a lot of people at the event.  Don't burden yourself with too many extras.)  Our Back to School Party is open to students in Grades K-6.  Registration is required and begins today, August 5.  There are two time slots available -- 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.  You can register online by clicking on the blue time link.  You can also call us at 444-7830.  

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A.B.C. #7: - ology

School is starting back early this year.  Which means I don't really need to do the August Book Challenge blog series.  But it's been such fun the past two years!  I must continue!  Let's see how much you learned during this year's FIZZ! BOOM! READ! science-based summer reading program.  

Fields of science have specialized names.  For example, the study of weather is called meteorology.  Can you match the -ology to the science?  Click on the blue question marks to see if you're right!

  • Cardiology - study of the ?????
  • Entomology - study of ?????
  • Herpetology - study of ????? and ?????
  • Hydrology - study of ?????
  • Ichthyology - study of ?????
  • Ornithology - study of ?????
  • Paleontology - study of ?????
  • Seismology - study of ?????
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Reading Snapshot #24

Summer reading is done for the year, but reading is still going strong.  At least, it is among the Hoover Public Library Kid Zone/Teen Spot staff.  And, no, we do NOT read 24 hours a day.  How could we do that and still get our work done?!?

The ACB with Honora Lee by Kate De Goldi
Annika Riz, Math Whiz by Claudia Mills (#2)
The Classroom: Trick Out My School! by Robin Mellom (#3)
Cupcake Cousins by Kate Hannigan
Doll Bones by Holly Black
The Glass Sentence by S. E. Fore
A Hitch at the Fairmont by Jim Averbeck
The Hero's Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy (#3)
Odin's Ravens by K. L. Armstrong & M. A. Marr (#2)
The Resisters by Eric S. Nylund (#1)
Seven Wonders: Lost in Babylon by Peter Lerangis (#2)
Small as an Elephant by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done by Stephan Pastis (#2)

The Dark Unwinding by Sharon Cameron (#1)
Dirt Bikes, Drones, and Other Ways to Fly by Conrad Wesselhoeft
Of Beast and Beauty by Stacey Jay
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo (#3)
A Spark Unseen by Sharon Cameron (#2)
Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen
Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson
Take Me On by Katie McGarry (#4)

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