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World Water Week

World Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden is the annual focal point for the globe's water issues. Experts, practitioners, decision-makers, business innovators and young professionals from a range of sectors and countries come to Stockholm to network, exchange ideas, foster new thinking and develop solutions to the most pressing water-related challenges of today.  In 2015, over 3,300 individuals and close to 300 convening organizations from 130 countries participated in the Week.  What will happen at this year's Week, August 28-September 2, 2016?

You may not be able to travel to Stockholm, but that doesn't mean you can't educate yourself about our world's water.  Take a look at one of these books to become water-wise.

  • Every Last Drop: Bringing Clean Water Home by Michelle Mulder (2014)
    J  333.91  MUL
    In the developed world, if you want a drink of water you just turn on a tap or open a bottle. But for millions of families worldwide, finding clean water is a daily challenge, and kids are often the ones responsible for carrying water to their homes. Every Last Drop looks at why the world’s water resources are at risk and how communities around the world are finding innovative ways to quench their thirst and water their crops. Maybe you’re not ready to drink fog, as they do in Chile, or use water made from treated sewage, but you can get a low-flush toilet, plant a tree, protect a wetland or just take shorter showers. Every last drop counts!
  • Everybody Needs Water by Ellen Lawrence (2015)
    E  553.7  LAW
    When we turn on a tap, we expect to see clean, safe water pour out. This is not how everyone around the world gets their water, of course. Some children must walk miles each day to collect water for their families, while others bathe and help do their family's laundry in a river. In Everybody Needs Water, young readers will find out how families around the world obtain and use this precious resource.
  • You Wouldn't Want to Live Without Clean Water by Roger Canavan (2015)
    J  363.739  CAN
    How would you cope in a world without water? Clean water is far, far more important than you might think! This title in the fantastic new You Wouldnt Want to Live Without series is bursting with surprising facts about this essential life source. As you learn about everything from how water keeps us healthy to the astounding ways in which it is used across the word, youll soon see why you really, really wouldnt want to live without it! Featuring comprehensive diagrams, a timteline, hilarious cartoon-style illustrations, and "You Can Do It!" panels on how to conduct your own water experiments.
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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)
J  636.7  HOR
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)
    J  577.7  WIC  GRAPHIC NOVEL
    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.

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)
    J  614.5  JAR
    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.

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