What's Happening at the Hoover Public Library.
Information on events, library related happenings, and other deep thoughts from our library staff.
Perfect Pair # 8
The new book in this month's Perfect Pair is unusual. It's a straight-to-paperback title . . . and it features a time-traveling rescue dog.
- Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner (2015)
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Ranger, a golden retriever, could have been a great search-and-rescue-dog except for the squirrels--but one day he unearths a mysterious box and finds himself transported back to the year 1850 where his faithful service is really needed by a family traveling west along the Oregon Trail.
- Wagon Trains and Settlers by Ellen H. Todras (2011)
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In th mid-1800s, the dream of Manifest Destiny and the hope of a better life inspired thousands of Americans to cast their sights westward. Travel alongside these pioneers as they cross the vast plains, deserts, and mountains of North America. Explore the routes the settlers took, experience daily life in a wagon train, and discover the dangers that families faced on the trails.
Women of Action
March is Women's History Month, and I have the perfect blog topic in honor of amazing women everywhere. Women of Action is a series of biographies highlighting women of courage and conviction, both in the past and the present, to inspire the future. Most titles feature numerous fearless females. A couple focus on one tough lady. I love them all!
- Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent by Pearl Witherington Cornioley with Hervé Larroque
- Double Victory: How African-America Women Broke Race and Gender to Help Win World War II by Cheryl Mullenbach (available as ebook)
- The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy by Peggy Caravantes
- Reporting Under Fire: 16 Daring Women War Correspondents and Photojournalists by Kerrie Logan Hollihan
- Women Aviators: 26 Stories of Pioneer Flights, Daring Missions, and Record-Setting Journeys by Karen Bush Gibson
- Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood
- Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue by Kathryn J. Atwood
- Women of Steel and Stone: 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers, and Landscape Designers by Anna M. Lewis
- Women of the Frontier: 16 Tales of Trailblazing Homesteaders, Entrepreneurs, and Rabble-Rousers by Brandon Marie Miller
- A World of Her Own: 24 Amazing Women Explorers and Adventurers by Michael Elsohn Ross
The Menagerie Ends in Krakens and Lies
Tui T. Sutherland is an amazingly popular author. Kari H. Sutherland is her equally awesome sister. They combined their talents to pen The Menagerie series, and the result was magical. The stories focus on a secret facility in a small Wyoming town. The residents? Unicorns, dragons, phoenixes, griffins, and other mythical creatures. The third and final book is called Krakens and Lies. I don't want to accidentally spoil anything for readers who are just discovering this series, so I won't go into detail. I'll just say this -- fans will NOT be disappointed.
Catch You Later, Traitor
Now, THAT is a catchy title. You don't even know what the book is about, and already you want to read it. Well, what if I told you that Catch You Later, Traitor is written by author superstar Avi? And what if I revealed that it's a story about a mystery-obsessed twelve-year-old boy living in Brooklyn 1951 who gets caught up in a real-life mystery when the FBI shows up on his doorstep accusing his father of being a Communist? I know! Now you want to read it even more!
Find out more about the story behind the story -- America's Red Scare -- when you read these books!
America in the 1950s by Edmund Lindop
Cold War Spies by Tim O'Shei
Cold War: The American Crusade Against World Communism, 1945-1991 by James A. Warren
Joseph McCarthy and the Cold War by Victoria Sherrow
The McCarthy Era: Communists in America by Ann Malaspina
Spring Break at Camp Read S'more
The Hoover Public Library takes a break from its regular programming during Spring Break. Instead, we offer a series of special events. This year's theme is Camp Read S'More. Each day will feature a different "camp" for kids, complete with everyone's favorite camp treat. (Hint: It involves chocolate, marshmallows, and grahams.) The events for grades 1-6 require registration. You can sign up online by clicking on the blue. You can also call 444-7830 or stop by a Kid Zone desk. The events for preschool-Kindergarten do not require registration. All events are FREE!
Monday, March 30, 2015 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Stories and creative movement
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at 9:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Stories and music
The Sounds of Cartoons
Do your kids have a favorite TV show? Of course they do. Do they feature super catchy songs that get stuck in your head? Naturally. Do you want to rock out to them in your car? Maybe not. Would your son or daughter love it? YES! Browse our DISNEY and FAVORITE CHARACTERS music CD collections today. Here's a small selection of what you might find:
- Barbie: Dance Party Mix
- The Best of Elmo
- Bob the Builder: The Album
- Disney Junior DJ Shuffle
- Dora the Explorer Party Favorites
- Hello Kitty: Hello World
- Jake and the Never Land Pirates: Yo Ho, Matey!
- LEGO Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu
- Little Einsteins: Musical Missions
- Max & Ruby: Bunny Party
- Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
- Phineas and Ferb
- Playhouse Disney: Music Play Date
- Playhouse Disney: Playtime Fun
- Power Rangers
- Scooby-Doo's Snack Tracks
- Sofia the First
- Spongebob's Greatest Hits
- Strawberry Shortcake: Rockaberry Roll
- Thomas & Friends: Thomas' Songs & Roundhouse Rhythms
Welcome to Whoville
"I like nonsense. It wakes up the brain cells."
If you like Dr. Seuss (or if you're like Dr. Seuss), you'll love Welcome to Whoville on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. It's a bit belated, but we'll celebrate Seuss's birthday with some of his favorite characters -- the Cat in the Hat, the Lorax, the Grinch, and more! There will be games, crafts, Truffula Tree seeds, tasty treats, ink for a Yink, and maybe even some pocket wockets. No need to RSVP to this party. Simply "left foot, right foot, left foot, right" down the starred hallway.
Want Seuss books? E SEU
Want Seuss movies? S
Want Seuss on your computer? www.seussville.com
Another Baseball Card Adventure
Dan Gutman has written lots of fantastic books. One of his oldest series is still going strong. A new Baseball Card Adventure book came out this week! It's called Willie & Me. Yep, the Willie refers to Willie Mays. But that's not the only important baseball reference in this time-travel story.
"Stosh thought he was finished traveling back in time. But then Ralph Branca shows up in his room one night, begging for Stosh's help. In 1951, Branca pitched a ball to Bobby Thomson that would become the "Shot Heard Round the World," a home run that won the National League pennant for the New York Giants and changed the lives of Branca and Thomson forever. Branca says the Giants were cheating, and he needs Stosh to use his power with baseball cards to go back in time and set things right. Stosh is determined to help, but he quickly learns that you can't change just one little thing in history. If he erases the Shot Heard Round the World, he may forever alter the life of a young rookie named Willie Mays. With wisdom from all the players he has helped before—plus the surprise return of some familiar faces—Stosh uses his power to travel in time using baseball cards one last time in a fabulous finale to the adventure of a lifetime."
All of Gutman's Baseball Card Adventures can be found under J GUT. Twelve in all!
First, there was pink. Then purple. There's also been gold, green, and silver. And now Victoria Kann brings you a splashy addition to her colorful book empire . . . Aqualicious. "Pinkalicious and her family go on a trip to the beach for a day of sun, fun, and sand castles! The day gets even more exciting when Pinkalicious finds a mini-mermaid named Aqua while she's collecting shells. Aqua wants to find her way home, and Pinkalicious and Peter decide to help—after they show her all of the pinkamazing things to do at the seashore!" After you read the book, find fun activities on the official website.
All of Victoria Kann's Pinkalicious picture books can be found under E KAN. All of the spin-off beginning reader titles can be found under E I CAN KAN BEGINNING READER. (These will also have an orange sticker on the spine label.)
Virals Goes Terminal
"Tory Brennan and the rest of the Morris Island gang are tracking a pack of rogue Virals who call themselves the Trinity. The new pack was infected by a strain of supervirus created by Tory’s nemesis and sometimes-crush, Chance Clayborne, who accidentally infected himself, too. These red-eyed Virals have openly challenged Tory’s pack for domination of Charleston, and they’ll stop at nothing to bring their rivals down—even if that means giving them up to a shadowy government agency intent on learning the secret to the Virals’ powers. Surviving it all is going to test the limits of the gang’s abilities. Tory and the others are nearing an impossible choice—and the ultimate showdown."