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National Dog Day

August 26, 2016 is National Dog Day.  I don't need to remind you that the Hoover Public Library has lots of great books about dogs.  But I do need to highlight two recent releases highly recommended by your friendly neighborhood librarians.

Recommended by Mr Justin:
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know by Alexandra Horowitz (2016)
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Do you want to know what dogs are thinking? What they're feeling? Now you finally can. The answers will surprise and delight young readers as scientist and dog-owner Alexandra Horowitz explains how dogs perceive their daily worlds, each other, and that other quirky animal, the human.

Recommended by Miss Katie Jane:
No Better Friend: A Man, a Dog, and Their Incredible True Story of Friendship and Survival in World War II by Robert Weintraub (2016)
J  940.54  WEI
This is the incredible true story of Frank Williams, a radarman in Britain's Royal Air Force, and Judy, a purebred pointer, who met as prisoners of war during World War II. Judy, who became the war's only official canine POW, was a fiercely loyal dog who sensed danger-warning her fellow prisoners of imminent attacks and, later, protecting them from brutal beatings. Frank and Judy's friendship, an unbreakable bond forged in the worst circumstances, is one of the great recently uncovered stories of World War II.

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More Maris Wicks

Maris Wicks is a science educator/comic artist, and she is amazing!  I was first introduced to her work when I read Human Body Theater: A Nonfiction Revue.  I was so impressed that I included it in our Best Books of 2015 list.  Since I do not gravitate to graphic novels, this was a major accomplishment.  I was eager for more of her work . . . and luckily there's already more!

  • Coral Reefs: Cities of the Ocean by Maris Wicks (2016)
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    This absorbing look at ocean science covers the biology of coral reefs as well as their ecological importance.  Nonfiction comics genius Wicks brings to bear her signature combination of hardcore cuteness and in-depth science.
  • Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani & Maris Wicks (2015)
    This an accessible, entertaining, and informative look at the field of primatology and at the lives of three of the most remarkable women scientists of the twentieth century.  Goodall, Fossey, and Galdikas were all students of the great Louis Leakey, and each ground-breaking researcher made profound contributions to primatology―and to our own understanding of ourselves.
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New S.T.E.A.M. Programs

What is S.T.E.A.M.?  It's an integrated approach to teaching that includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics, and it is sweeping the nation.  The Hoover Public Library is embracing the trend with a new series of programs called Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead.  Two Tuesdays per month at 4 p.m., elementary students will experience one of the "letters" in a unique way.  Here's what's coming in September:

  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Engineering
    Not-So-Simple Machines

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 4 p.m.
    Make a machine from household trash.  Ages 7-11.  Registration begins 08/22/16.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).
  • Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead: Art
    Puppetry Workshop

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 4 p.m.
    Create your own puppet and perform in a mini showcase.  Ages 5-11.  Registration begins 09/05/16.  Sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

Forget fiction!  Gail Jarrow has written three captivating books about real medical mysteries.

  • Red Madness: How a Medical Mystery Changed What We Eat (2014)
    J  616.3  JAR
    One hundred years ago, a mysterious and alarming illness spread across America's South, striking tens of thousands of victims. No one knew what caused it or how to treat it. People were left weak, disfigured, insane, and in some cases, dead. Award winning science and history writer Gail Jarrow tracks this disease, commonly known as pellagra, and highlights how doctors, scientists, and public health officials finally defeated it. Illustrated with 100 archival photographs, includes stories about real life pellagra victims and accounts of scientific investigations.
  • Fatal Fever: Tracking Down Typhoid Mary (2015)
    J  614.5  JAR
    Typhoid fever is running rampant across America, striking down thousands of people. On a damp March morning in 1907, the dreaded disease pulls together three people at a New York City brownstone. Dr. George Soper, an epidemiologist, has traced an outbreak of typhoid fever to this house. Dr. S. Josephine Baker, a health department medical inspector, has been sent there to confront the suspected typhoid carrier. Mary Mallon, a cook for well-to-do New Yorkers, refuses to talk to either one of them. Her actions that day would lead to a notoriety that has lasted for more than a century.
  • Bubonic Plague: When Plague Invaded America (2016)
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    In March 1900, San Francisco s health department investigated a strange and horrible death in Chinatown. A man had died of bubonic plague, one of the world s deadliest diseases. But how could that be possible? "Bubonic Panic" tells the true story of America s first plague epidemic the public health doctors who desperately fought to end it, the political leaders who tried to keep it hidden, and the brave scientists who uncovered the plague s secrets. Once again, acclaimed author and scientific expert Gail Jarrow brings the history of a medical mystery to life in vivid and exciting detail for young readers.

If you're a teacher, take a look at the lesson ideas for each title.

Yes, you should definitely spend a lot of time outdoors.  And, yes, you should definitely bring some of the great outdoors into the great indoors!  What happens when you bring the outside in?  Art, math, science, and language play!

  • Bringing the Outside In by Mary McKenna Siddals (2016)
    Nothing takes the place of splashing in a puddle or jumping into a pile of autumn leaves. Along with the mud and sand that gets tracked indoors come memories that live forever!  Take a look at the official website to access activities, teacher resources, and lessons plans.
  • A Little Bit of Dirt: 55+ Science and Art Activities to Reconnect Children with Nature by Asia Citro (2016)
    J  508  CIT
    Bursting with creative hands-on outdoor science and art activities, A Little Bit of Dirt is full of motivation to get outside and explore. Whether you're investigating the health of your local stream, making beautiful acrylic sunprints with leaves and flowers, running an experiment with your backyard birds, or concocting nature potions, you'll be fostering an important connection with nature. The engaging activities encourage the use of the senses and imagination and are perfect for all ages. Discover more about the natural world waiting just outside your door!
  • Outdoor Math: Fun Activities for Every Season by Emma AdBåge (2016)
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    Adbåge has created twenty-two outdoor activities, organized by season. Through play, children will learn about numeracy and arithmetic, as well as math concepts such as shapes, time, greater/less than, even and odd numbers, patterns and grids. The activities have simple-to-follow instructions and are accompanied by adorable illustrations that provide clear visual demonstrations. The natural materials required —- stones, pinecones, snowballs, worms —- are easy to find in many environments. Studies have shown that learning outdoors helps kids retain information and skills, and that physically active children perform better in a variety of subjects —- including math.



The Kidzone has programs galore as well as books, movies, and other cool stuff. Read our blog below for more information and check out our upcoming events to get an idea of what's happening at the Kidzone! Our main phone number is 205.444.7830.

Did you know about our Teletales?
Call 205-444-7838 to hear a new story every week read by a different Hoover Library staff member.