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Once Upon a Pumpkin -- 2016 Halloween Party

ONCE UPON A PUMPKIN on Friday, October 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Hear ye! Hear ye! All ye fans of fairytales! Thou hast been summoned to join in our annual Halloween festivities at Hoover Library.  The Evil Queen and the Frog Prince will greet you at the door and issue a proclamation to each family.  This will help guide you through the event, which is spread throughout the entire library.  What tales dark and Grimm will you explore?  Here's a sneak peek:

Brave our Fairytale Forest on the Theatre level. Play games with pigs, make crafts with Red Riding Hood and her grandma, eat candy off of gingerbread houses with Hansel and Gretel but . . . BEWARE the Big Bad Wolf!

Tour our Fairytale Village in the Kid Zone. Trip trap and wrist wrap with goats and trolls, make a mask that is just right with Goldilocks, experience giant beanstalk fun, and put Humpty Dumpty back together again.

Heigh-ho, heigh-ho your way through the Teen Spot. Take a look in our magic mirror with Snow White and whistle while you work on your beards with the dwarfs. BEWARE the Evil Queen! She may be in disguise and peddling poisonous apples.

Be our guest at Cinderella’s Ball on the Plaza. Meet your hostess Cinderella and her Prince Charming. Take a picture in her pumpkin coach. Dance with Belle and her Beast. Feast with Aurora and the three good fairies. Bibbidi-bobbidi-boo with Fairy Godmother and raise your glass with Gaston.

Costumes are welcome, but not required.  The library closes to the public at 6 p.m. on that day.  We will re-open at the stroke of 7.  We're expecting a large crowd, so you may want to come early to nab a parking spot.  We have a much earlier curfew than Cinderella, so we can't party until midnight.  Our fairytale fun will conclude at 9 p.m.  And we'll all live happily ever after. THE END

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International Sloth Day

Thursday, October 20, 2016 is International Sloth Day.  S   e   i   z   e . . . t   h   e . . . d   a   y.  R   e   a   d . . . a . . . b   o   o   k . . . a   b   o   u   t . . . t   h   e   s   e . . . a   m   a   z   i   n   g . . . a   n   i   m   a   l   s.

Kyle Goes Alone by Jan Thornhill (2015)
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A Little Book of Sloth by Lucy Cooke (2013)
J  599.3  COO

Mervin the Sloth Is About to Do the Best Thing in the World by Colleen A. F. Venable (2016)

Sloths by Megan Borgert-Spaniol (2016)

Slow, Slow Sloths by Bonnie Bader (2016)

Snoozefest by Samantha Berger (2015)

Sparky! by Jenny Offill (2014)

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Crow Smarts

The latest Scientists in the Field book is perfect for this time of year --  the season of scarecrows around every corner.

Crow Smarts: Inside the Brain of the World's Brightest Bird by Pamela S. Turner
J  598.8  TUR
It’s no longer an insult to be called ‘bird brained.’ Scientists have discovered that New Caledonian crows deserve a spot alongside dolphins, monkeys, and chimpanzees in the ranks of super-smart animals. Yet even within this elite crowd, New Caledonian crows stand out. These birds not only use tools, but manufacture a whole crow toolkit. And their puzzle-solving abilities invite the question: Is a crow smarter than a second-grader? Join scientist Dr. Gavin Hunt and his team in New Caledonia as they investigate the mysteries of crow smarts. How do New Caledonian crows learn to use and make tools? Is it possible that crows are improving their tool technology and passing the improvements on to the next generation—an achievement long thought unique to humans? Where is this tool use driving the crow brain, and what can crows teach us about the evolution of intelligence?

Check out the educator's guide and GoPro Video on the official website!

Laura Numeroff, the master of chain-of-events picture books, has a new addition!  She's given a mouse a cookie, a moose a muffin, a pig a pancake, a cat a cupcake, and a dog a donut. But what happens If You Give a Mouse a Brownie ?  Kids and parents alike will eat up this delicious new story as Mouse starts a band, does arts and crafts, and plays in the rain. Giving Mouse a brownie is only the beginning!

Find the rest of Numeroff's books in the picture book room.  Look for E  NUM.
Find fun activities inspired by the books on the official website.


This fall we started a new Saturday program called Crafty Characters.  In September, Johnny Appleseed visited the library to share his story, which inspired everyone to get crafty.  They created Appleseed pot hats and an applesauce pot-headed Johnny.  This Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., we're hosting another Crafty Characters.  Bring a real or craft pumpkin with you to the library.  After you hear The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything tell her tale, create your own storybook pumpkin.  We'll provide all of the decorating supplies.  You can then enter your pumpkin in our annual contest.  If you can't make the event but want to enter a pumpkin, simply bring your decorated pumpkin (NO CARVING, PLEASE) to the Kid Zone October 15-30, 2016.  Each pumpkin will be displayed in the library and entered into a drawing for a grand prize.  The drawing will take place at 10 a.m. on Monday, October 31, 2016.



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.