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Starry Skies and Fireflies in the Friendship Garden

Have you discovered The Friendship Garden series by Jenny Meyerhoff?  I was just thinking about it because the newest book in the series came out this month, and its title goes along with the Story Lab I'm doing this afternoon at 4 p.m.

Starry Skies and Fireflies
The fifth book in the Friendship Garden series finds Anna and her friends sleeping under the stars in the garden’s first-ever urban campout!
Calling all campers! The Friendship Garden is having a summer sleepover under the stars! Get ready for: 1. Ooey, gooey s’mores 2. Toasty camp fires 3. Ghosts??  Anna is excited for an end-of-summer party with her friends, but she is NOT excited for creepy stories. Anna doesn’t like the dark…or being scared! But her buddies at the Friendship Garden want to tell ghost stories and play scary games! And Anna doesn’t want to look like a ‘fraidy cat, so she decides that she’ll just skip the party instead.  Can Anna’s friends convince her that being scared is sometimes fun? Or will she miss out on the Friendship Garden’s party of the year?

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Get Ready to Float Your Boat

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 28, 2017.  It is a very important date here at Hoover Library.  First of all, it's my birthday!  But, more importantly, it's the date of our next Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead event.  We'll be focusing on Engineering this time as we construct boats out of various materials and sail them to capture treasure.  You'll have a chance to test the buoyancy of lots of materials before you spend your "money" to get all the supplies you need to build your boat.  Then, the ultimate test -- can your vessel safely convey pennies across the water?  If you want to be let on deck at 4 p.m., you need to be 5-11 years old AND on our crew list.  You can sign up online or by phone (444-7830).

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Meet Local Child Author Nia Mya Reese

Nia Mya Reese is a second grader at Deer Valley Elementary School . . . and a published author!  Her book, How to Deal with and Care for Your Annoying Little Brother, is available for purchase on Amazon.  But why order online when you could buy it here at Hoover Public Library, then get it signed by the author?  That's right!  Nia Mya will be talking about her book and signing copies at a reception this Sunday, February 19, 2017 at 3 p.m.  Follow the stars through the Kid Zone to the program room.  Hope to see you there!

Read the Hoover Sun article about Nia Mya's accomplishment.

Watch the spot on Fox 6 News.

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than with a perfect pair of fiction and nonfiction books?!

  • Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (2017)
    Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn't ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. As Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive - one of the adults with dwarfism who've joined the production's motley crew of Munchkins - and with her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia's own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn't want to fade into the background and it's a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!
  • Theater: From First Rehearsal to Opening Night by John Malam (2000)
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    Theaters stage many types of shows, including plays, operas, ballets, and musicals. Most theatergoers only see the action on stage, but to bring a performance to life hundreds of people work behind the scenes, out of sight of the public. This book reveals what goes on backstage at a typical large theater. Use the fold-out sections to view the building, room by room, discovering where you might see a cyclorama, who would use the green room, and what happens in the fly gallery.

February 12-18, 2017 is Random Acts of Kindness Week. And the timing couldn't be better!  Remember, that kindness starts with one.  Let that "one" be YOU!  Here are some great new books to help you kick-off the kindness.

  • Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Jannell Bowman (October 15, 2016)
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    A horse that can read, write, spell, and do math? Ridiculous! That’s what people thought in the late 1800s—until they met Jim Key.  Born a weak and wobbly colt in 1889, Jim was cared for by William “Doc” Key, a formerly enslaved man and self-taught veterinarian who believed in treating animals with kindness, patience, and his own homemade remedies. Under Doc’s watchful eyes, Jim grew to be a healthy young stallion with a surprising talent—a knack for learning! For seven years, Doc and Jim worked together perfecting Jim’s skills. Then it was time for them to go on the road, traveling throughout the United States and impressing audiences with Jim’s amazing performances. In the process, they broke racial barriers and raised awareness for the humane treatment of animals.

    Here is the true story of an extraordinary horse and the remarkable man who nurtured the horse’s natural abilities. Together they asked the world to step right up and embrace their message of kindness toward animals.
  • The Kindness Club: Chloe on the Bright Side by Courtney Sheinmel (November 1, 2016)
    Chloe Silver has always been good at looking on the bright side. Even though her parents got divorced and she's moved to a new town, she knows that she will make great friends at her new school. So when she is assigned a science project with offbeat Lucy Tanaka and nerdy Theo Barnes, they have fun creating an experiment that tests out the laws of science through different acts of kindness . . . officially forming The Kindness Club. But when she is also asked join the cool girls' exclusive It Girls club, Chloe feels completely torn between the It Girls and The Kindness Club. Faced with the possibility of upsetting all her new friends, Chloe's capacity for kindness is put to the test. Sometimes mistakes yield the best discoveries, and there is one hypothesis that can always be proven correct: Kindness is the coolest. 

    Inspired by kindness projects and anti-bullying campaigns across the country, the first book of this delightful series will have all readers thinking kind! 



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.